The Last Family emerges triumphant at Gdynia
by Dorota Hartwich
- The feature debut by Jan P Matuszynski has taken home five trophies, including Best Film and the Audience Award
The Golden Lions at the 41st edition of the Gdynia Film Festival, an award that is traditionally given out to the director and producers of the best film, were bestowed upon The Last Family [+see also:
film profile]. Revealed in competition at Locarno, the feature debut by young filmmaker Jan P Matuszynski was produced by Leszek Bodziak and Aneta Hickinbotham for Aurum Film.
Based on the life of famous Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, the film also pocketed the two main acting prizes (Best Lead Actress for Aleksandra Konieczna, who plays the artist’s wife, and Best Lead Actor for Andrzej Seweryn), the Audience Award and the Press Award.
The Silver Lions were given to I’m a Killer [+see also:
interview: Maciej Pieprzyca
film profile] by Maciej Pieprzyca, produced by Renata Czarnkowska-Listos and Maria Golos for RE Studio. The director, who had already won this accolade in 2013 (with Life Feels Good [+see also:
film profile]), also came out on top in the Best Screenplay category.
The third big winner at the festival was United States of Love [+see also:
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile] by Tomasz Wasilewski. Having been singled out with a Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at Berlin in February this year, the movie bagged five awards at Gdynia: Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Dorota Kolak), Best Supporting Actor (Lukasz Simlat), Best Editing (Beata Walentynowska) and Best Costumes (Monika Kaleta).
Much to the disappointment of a considerable portion of the public and press, Hatred [+see also:
film profile] by Wojciech Smarzowski did not win anything in the main categories, but it was nevertheless crowned with the Best Cinematography (Piotr Sobocinski), Best Make-up (Ewa Drobiec) and Best Young Actress (Michalina Labacz) Awards.
The Best Debut Director Award went to Bartosz M Kowalski for Playground [+see also:
interview: Bartosz M. Kowalski
film profile] (which had its world premiere in competition at San Sebastián), the Special Jury Prize was handed to The Red Spider [+see also:
interview: Marcin Koszalka
film profile] by Marcin Koszalka (singled out for its courage to venture beyond genre boundaries), and the traditional Lifetime Achievement Award went to Janusz Majewski. Lastly of note was the Special Prize, out of competition, given to Andrzej Wajda for his new film, Afterimage [+see also:
interview: Zofia Wichlacz
film profile], presented during a one-off special screening. “I’ve got a tiny bit older, and that’s why I didn’t want to take part in the competition,” stated the ‘patriarch’ of Polish film, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year.
Here is the complete list of winners:
I’m a Killer - Maciej Pieprzyca
Best Lead Actress
Aleksandra Konieczna – The Last Family
Bets Lead Actor
Andrzej Seweryn - The Last Family
Best Supporting Actress
Dorota Kolak - United States of Love
Best Supporting Actor
Lukasz Simlat - United States of Love
Best Young Actor or Actress
Michalina Labacz – Hatred
Piotr Sobocinski – Hatred
Beata Walentynowska - United States of Love
Marcin Kasinski, Kacper Habisiak – The High Frontier
Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek, Marcin Gałażyn (Motion Trio) – The Happiness of the World
Ewa Drobiec – Hatred
Monika Kaleta - United States of Love
(Translated from French)