Paweł Wendorff's film wins the jury award for best international feature film at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in the US...
A scene from "Odd one out", pictured Roman Gancarczyk and Kinga Preis; photo courtesy of www.filmpolski.pl
Polish films have been making waves on international circuit as of late. Paweł Wendorff's film "Nie ten człowiek" / "Odd one out" wins the jury award for best international feature film at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in the US
Over 300 films from 23 countries took part in the festival. The jury highlighted excellent acting, an extraordinary sense of humor, and courage in Wendorff's film.
"Odd one out" is a black and white absurd comedy starring a veritable galaxy of Polish stars, including: Piotr Adamczyk, Jan Frycz, Wojciech Pszoniak, Kinga Preis, Lesław Żurek, Krzysztof Globisz and Jacek Braciak.
The film is a story about the difficulties of entering adulthood. One day, because the nagging of his parents, Jakub - who is in his late twenties - decides to take on his first job as a delivery man. He does not suspect, however, that it will be one of the strangest days of his life.
"The film takes place in Łódź - a city that has not been so marvelously photographed in a long time. Jakub lives in one city, but has contact with people from many different backgrounds. And suddenly it turns out that in one place, he can gain strength and find the meaning of life", said Lesław Żurek, embodying the character of Boguś, one of the men who gets in the way of Jakub.
"An award at the Columbia Gorge Film Festival is a great honour for this film. This is part of the so-called 'avant-garde cinema', and I hope that it will appeal to viewers", added Żurek.
"Odd one out" has been nominated for yet another an award at a US film festival - the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington. The festival presents new and original works in music and film. Over five days the festival features more than 50 short and feature-length films and documentaries from around the world.
The film has already been screened at the Lighthouse International Film Festival in New Jersey. It won the award for Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. Currently, the film is an official selection at several festivals, including: the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival (Syracuse, NY) and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Florida).
"Odd one out" will be released in Polish cinemas on the 24th of November 2011.
Paweł Wendorff is a director, screenwriter, cameraman and producer. In 1990 he graduated from the Faculty of Cinematography at the Łódź Film School. He has made dozens of documentary films, several television and theatre shows, his films include "Czarne słońca" / "Black Sun" (1992), "Gnoje" / "Bastards" (1995) directed by Jerzy Zalewski, "Room 107" (1997, TV series) directed by Mirosław Dembiński, "Kobieta z papugą na ramieniu" / "Woman with a parrot on his shoulder" (2002), "Siedem przystanków w drodze do raju" / "Seven stops on the way to Paradise" (2003), "Mało upalne lato" (2004), directed by Ryszard Maciej Nyczki. As a director he made his debut film "Szaleńcy" / "Madmen" (2004).