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Essential Killing triumphs at Gdynia

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Essential Killing triumphs at Gdynia

Having bagged the Golden Lion for Best Film, Best Director Award, Best Cinematography (Adam Sikora), Best Score (Pawel Mykietyn) and Best Editing (Réka Lemhényi and Maciej Pawliński), Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing [+see also:
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interview: Jerzy Skolimowski
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dominated the prize list at the 36th Gdynia Polish Film Festival, which closed last weekend. The main prize also rewards the film’s producers: Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska.

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The Silver Lion, second prize, went to Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room [+see also:
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interview: Jakub Gierszal - Shooting S…
interview: Jan Komasa
film profile
]
(see review of its screening at the Berlinale 2011), which also won Best Producer (Jerzy Kapuściński), Best Sound (Bartosz Putkiewicz) and Best Costume Design (Dorota Roqueplo).

The Jury (headed by Pawel Pawlikowski) awarded its Special Prize to Lech Majewski’s The Mill and The Cross [+see also:
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trailer
making of
interview: Lech Majewski
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, which also nabbed Best Production Design (Katarzyna Sobańska and Marcel Slawiński), and ex-aequo awards for Best Sound (Lech Majewski and Zbigniew Malecki) and Best Costume Design (Dorota Roqueplo).

Greg Zgliński’s Courage also did well, winning Best Screenplay (co-written by the director and Janusz Margański) and Best Debut or Second Feature (ex-aequo with Bartosz Konopka’s Fear of Falling).

Best Actress went to Roma Gasiorowska for Leszek Dawid’s My Name is Ki [+see also:
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interview: Leszek Dawid
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and Best Actor to Marcin Dorociński for Wojciech Smarzowski’s Rose. The latter film was the big loser at the festival for it won no other awards despite its endorsement from critics at Gdynia who deemed it to be the best title in competition.

(Translated from French)

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