Two Polish films receive awards at Sundance
by Dorota Hartwich
- Agnieszka Smoczynska's The Lure and Michal Marczak's All These Sleepless Nights have been recognised at Park City
Two Polish films find themselves on the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's winners' list, with Agnieszka Smoczynska winning a Special Prize from the World Cinema Dramatic jury for the unique vision and the design that her first feature film, The Lure [+see also:
interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
film profile], offers. Michal Marczak is also on the list, winning the Best Director Award with All These Sleepless Nights [+see also:
film profile], which was presented in the World Cinema Documentary programme.
These positive results do not come as a complete shock, as these two feature films both garnered favourable reactions from audiences and critics alike at Park City, showing up most notably in Rolling Stone and Variety's lists of the best films.
Agnieszka Smoczynska, who told Cineuropa before she left for Sundance (read the interview) that she was counting on the particular tastes of the American festival's audience, had a good feeling that was shared by the members of the jury, who were particularly pleased with The Lure's incredibly dynamic script, metaphoric form, combination of genres and musical-thriller soundtrack.
Already known for his film Fuck for Forest [+see also:
film profile] (which follows an organisation selling internet access for pornographic films in order to collect money to give in support of the environment), Michal Marczak cemented his status with his latest documentary, All These Sleepless Nights. This documentary borders on fiction and examines the generation of 20-year-olds living in Warsaw. The film has been considered as unfolding "between Coppola's lyricism and Harmony Korine's predation" by IndieWire, for example.
(Translated from French)