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Malaria, Heartstone, Toril and others recognised at 32nd Warsaw Film Festival

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- The Polish film festival came to a close this weekend, with the juries paying special attention to Polish and other European films

Malaria, Heartstone, Toril and others recognised at 32nd Warsaw Film Festival
The winners of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival (© WFF)

The 32nd edition of the Warsaw Film Festival came to a close this weekend, with the closing ceremony held in Warsaw’s Multikino on Saturday, 15 October. Films were awarded prizes in the categories of international feature, documentary, first or second feature and short film, with the Warsaw Grand Prix going to Iranian title Malaria [+see also:
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by Parviz Shahbazi. Of the 20 awards given, 17 went to either European films or co-productions, with the juries paying special attention to domestic Polish films.

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Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria), Maria Sadowska (Poland), Bence Fliegauf (Hungary), Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Turkey) and Rodrigo Plá (Mexico) made up the festival’s grand jury. The big winner was the Iceland’s Heartstone [+see also:
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by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, a sensitive, naturalistic portrait of budding sexualities, winning the Best Director award and a Special Mention for the actor, Baldur Einarson, in addition to the Ecumenical Jury Award. Receiving the award in Einarson’s stead, the film’s director remarked that the young actor “pushed his limits during the shooting of the film. It’s a hard job for a 13-year-old boy, but he was very determined and he did a great job.”

The best film in the first or second feature category, as chosen by jury members Iza Igel (Poland), Julia Sinkevych (Ukraine), Reza Dormishian (Iran), was France’s Toril [+see also:
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by Laurent Teyssier. The thriller, set in the countryside, is about a 20-something who starts growing marijuana in order to pay the bills. The special mentions went to the Polish title, Playground [+see also:
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, by Bartosz M Kowalski that premiered in San Sebastián in September, an idiosyncratic first feature, and a dark-humoured twist on the coming-of-age stories by one of the most intriguing emerging European filmmakers, Croatia’s Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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by Hana Jušić.

Another Polish film to receive an award at the festival was Communion [+see also:
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by Anna Zamecka for Best Documentary Feature, as decided by the jury, composed of Pietra Brettkelly (New Zealand), Wojciech Kasperski (Poland) and Žiga Virc (Slovenia). The director, who already won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the 69th Locarno Film Festival, dedicated the award to Polish women. “In the last couple of weeks, [they] have had to fight for their basic human rights,” said Zamecka. “We will win this battle.”

For the first time ever, there was an award for the Best Film presented during the Warsaw Screenings at the festival’s CentEast Market as well. It was given out at the closing gala, on Sunday, 16 October. Of the 12 selected new Polish titles, the international professionals taking part in the market chose The Last Family [+see also:
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(Aurum Film) by Jan P Matuszyński as Best Film, which will receive a cash prize of €4,600 (PLN 20,000).

Funded by and organised with the support of the Polish Film Institute, the programme of the 30th Warsaw Screenings, taking place from 14-16 October 2016, included Polish majority and minority co-productions. Presented among them were Andrzej Wajda’s last film, Afterimage [+see also:
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, Memories of Summer [+see also:
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by Adam Guziński and Playground by Bartosz M Kowalski.

Here is the complete list of award winners of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival:

Warsaw Grand Prix
Malaria [+see also:
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– Parviz Shahbazi (Iran/France)

Best Director
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson – Heartstone [+see also:
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interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
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(Iceland/Denmark)

Special Jury Award
Ahmad Thaher – Blessed Benefit (Jordan/Germany/Netherlands/Qatar)

Special Mention
Baldur Einarsson – Heartstone

Competition 1-2 Winner
Toril [+see also:
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– Laurent Teyssier (France)

Special Mention
Playground [+see also:
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interview: Bartosz M. Kowalski
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– Bartosz M. Kowalski (Poland)
Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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– Hana Jušić (Croatia/Denmark)

Best Documentary Feature
Communion [+see also:
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– Anna Zamecka (Poland)

Special Mention
An Insignificant Man – Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla (India)

Free Spirit Award
The Giant [+see also:
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– Johannes Nyholm (Sweden/Denmark)

Special Mention
Anomie – Vladimir Kozlov (Russia)

Short Grand Prix
First Pole on Mars – Agnieszka Elbanowska (Poland)

Best Live Action Short
Play Off – Tomasz Gąssowski (Poland)

Best Animated Short
The Talk. True Stories About The Birds And The Bees – Alain Delannoy (Canada)

Best Documentary Short
Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and Her Disturbing Black & White Drawings – James Scott (UK)

Special Mention
Fabricated – Brett Foxwell (USA)

FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut from Eastern Europe
Godless [+see also:
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– Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria)

Young FIPRESCI Jury Award
Hristo [+see also:
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– Grifor Lefterov, Todor Matsanov (Bulgaria)

Ecumenical Jury Award
Heartstone – Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Netpac Jury Award for Best Asian Film
Blessed Benefit – Mahmoud Al Massad

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