Karbala crowned Best Polish Film at Tofifest
by Dorota Hartwich
- Krzysztof Lukaszewicz’s film has won the Golden Angel in the Polish section, while Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams came out on top in the international competition
The Golden Angel, the top prize in the From Poland competition at the 13th Tofifest in Toruń, has been awarded to a duo consisting of filmmaker Krzysztof Lukaszewicz and producer Wlodzimierz Niderhaus (WFDiF), for Karbala [+see also:
film profile]. The new feature by the director who previously turned heads with Viva Belarus! [+see also:
interview: Krzysztof Lukaszewicz
film profile] (2013) came out in Polish theatres on 11 September.
In the On Air international competition, victory was claimed by Icelandic feature Rams [+see also:
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile] by Grímur Hákonarson, which won after a unanimous voting result by the jury. Interestingly, for the first time in the history of Tofifest, the Golden Angel was given jointly to the director and the producer (Netop Films). The Silver Angel for Best Director was bestowed upon Colombian filmmaker César Augusto Acevedo for Land and Shade [+see also:
From among the titles duking it out in the On Air competition, the young jury chose Viaje by Costa Rica’s Paz Fábrega as Best Film. The short-film category was won by Buildings Away by Israeli director Miki Polonski, while a Special Mention went to Daisy Jacobs’ British animated film The Bigger Picture. The Lokalizacje section, which gathered together works by directors from the region, crowned Ryszard Kruk for Ziggy Dust.
Lastly, French filmmaker Anne Fontaine, a juror for the On Air competition, received a special award, given out to an outstanding European artist, and she made the most of the occasion to present a making-of for her new film, Agnus Dei (read the article), which is scheduled to hit screens in the first half of 2016.
(Translated from French)