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CRACOVIA 2019 Premios

Advocate triunfa en la Competición International Documentary de Cracovia

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- La película de Rachel Leah Jones y Philippe Bellaiche recibió una nominación para el European Film Award en la categoría Best Documentary, mientras que el público se decantó por The Men's Room

Advocate triunfa en la Competición International Documentary de Cracovia
Los ganadores de la Competición International Documentary de la presente edición del Festival de Cine de Cracovia: Ilya Polonsky, Jacek Petrycki, Philippe Bellaiche, Ilya Polonski y Shane Smith (© Kamila Szatan)

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According to the festival press office, it would take 8,667 minutes to watch all 221 films that were presented at the 59th Krakow Film Festival. If someone had wanted to see absolutely everything, they would therefore have needed to sit in the cinema for 18 hours on all eight days of the event. But watching just a quarter of the selection would have given you a pretty good chance of seeing at least one winning film.

“The turbulent world we live in, tumultuous situations in Poland, and fear for Europe – these are the subjects that dominated this year’s programme and were prominent not only in the juries’ verdicts, but also in the acceptance speeches,” said Krzysztof Gierat, director of the festival, exclusively to Cineuropa. “A Katowice Film School student talked about fascism rising from the ashes, while jury member Alexei Medvedev made an impassioned plea for the release of Oleg Sentsov. When the world has reached boiling point outside, documentary film doesn’t lock its door,” he concluded.

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The Golden Horn, the main award in the International Documentary Competition, served to reward “passionate filmmaking about a passionate subject […] A heroic woman fighting a battle against the odds”, as the jury statement read. Said film, Advocate [+lee también:
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, directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, follows Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel, who is known for taking on “lost cause” cases and defending Palestinians accused of terrorism. The Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Medium-length Documentary was given to David Ofek and Tal Michael for Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator, another picture that examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but which adopts a smaller-scale perspective. The Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Feature-length Documentary went to Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga for The Fourth Kingdom. Incidentally, the FIPRESCI jury decided to give their prize to the same movie.

The International Short Film Competition awards are called the Dragons. The Golden Dragon was presented to Poland’s Izabela Plucińska for Portrait of Suzanne. The Silver Dragon for Best Documentary went to Aleksandra Maciejczyk for Connected, the Best Animation trophy went to Bruno Tondeur for Under the Rib Cage, while Dekel Berenson’s Ashmina was voted Best Short Fiction Film. Special Mentions were handed to Ahmed’s Song by Foued Mansour and Bror by Sara Hjort DitlevsenVuk Mitevski’s EDNA received Jury Award for Best European Film, which makes it Krakow’s candidate for the 2019 European Film Awards in the Short Film category. The International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) gave their award to Dandelion Mum by Barbora Hollan.

The Golden Heynal for the Director of the Best Film in the International DocFilmMusic Competition went to Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland, for Once Aurora [+lee también:
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. In the National Competition, the Golden Hobby-Horse went to Grzegorz Paprzycki, who directed My Country So Beautiful. Three Silver Hobby-Horses were given out, one in each genre: animation (won by Tomek Popakul for Acid Rain), fiction (pocketed by Helena Oborska for Bitten) and documentary (given to Andrei Kutsila for Summa).

There were a few additional trophies presented, too: the Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for Best Film Editing was given to Szymon Kuczyński for Strawberry Boys; the Maciej Szumowski Award for Remarkable Social Awareness, funded by the National Broadcasting Council, went to Diana Kadłubowska and Krzysztof Kadłubowski for Today, Tomorrow… Yesterday; the Award for Best Short and Documentary Film Producer in Poland, funded by the Polish Producers Alliance, was scooped by Piotr Szczepanowicz and Grzegorz Wacławek for Acid Rain and The Hunt; and the Best Cinematography Award, under the patronage of the Polish Society of Cinematographers, and funded by ColorOffOn Film and Naima Film, was picked up by Tomasz Wierzbicki for Bitten.

Here is the full list of award winners:

International Documentary Competition

KFF Recommendation for the European Film Award in the Documentary Category
Advocate [+lee también:
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- Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche (Israel/Canada/Switzerland)

Golden Horn
Advocate - Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche

Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Medium-length Documentary
David Ofek and Tal Michael - Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator (Israel) 

Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Feature-length Documentary
Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga - The Fourth Kingdom (Spain/USA/Mexico)

FIPRESCI Award
The Fourth Kingdom - Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga

International Short Film Competition

Golden Dragon for the Director of the Best Film
Izabela Plucińska - Portrait of Suzanne (Poland/Germany/France)

Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Documentary
Aleksandra Maciejczyk – Connected (Poland)

Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Animated Film
Bruno Tondeur - Under the Rib Cage (France/Belgium) 

Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Short Fiction Film
Dekel Berenson - Ashmina (UK/Nepal) 

Special Mentions
Ahmed’s Song - Foued Mansour (France)
Bror - Sara Hjort Ditlevsen (Denmark)

Jury Award for Best European Film (Krakow’s candidate for the 2019 European Film Awards in the Short Film category) 
EDNA - Vuk Mitevski (Macedonia) 

Don Quixote Award
Dandelion Mum - Barbora Hollan (Norway)

International DocFilmMusic Competition

Golden Heynal for the Director of the Best Film
Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland - Once Aurora [+lee también:
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(Norway)

National Competition

Golden Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Film
Grzegorz Paprzycki - My Country So Beautiful (Poland) 

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Documentary
Andrei Kutsila – Summa (Poland)

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Animated Film
Tomek Popakul - Acid Rain (Poland) 

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Fiction Film
Helena Oborska – Bitten (Poland)

Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for Best Film Editing
Szymon Kuczyński - Strawberry Boys (Poland)

Maciej Szumowski Award for Remarkable Social Awareness
Diana Kadłubowska and Krzysztof Kadłubowski - Today, Tomorrow… Yesterday (Poland)

Award for Best Short and Documentary Film Producer in Poland
Piotr Szczepanowicz and Grzegorz Wacławek - Acid Rain and The Hunt (Poland)

Best Cinematography Award
Tomasz Wierzbicki - Bitten

Audience Award
The Men’s Room - Petter Sommer and Jo Vemud Svendsen (Norway)

Award of the Student Jury
Once Aurora - Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland (Norway)

KFF Industry and Doc Lab Poland awards

Animated in Poland

Audiovisual Technology Center Special Mention
Love - Michał and Jakub Socha
Producers: Jakub Karwowski, Piotr Szczepanowicz (Letko)

Sound Mind Award
Love in the Time of a Coal-Based Economy - Tomasz Siwiński
Producers: Jakub Karwowski, Piotr Szczepanowicz (Letko)

Docs to Start

Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation Special Mentions
Miss of Poland - Jana Shostak, Jakub Jasiukiewicz
Producer: Katarzyna Drapała (WFDiF)

My Big Biba - Judyta Fibiger
Producer: Robert Rhodin (White Shark Studios)

Brotherhood - Hanna Maciąg
Producers: Maria Wachowiak, Anna Waligórska (No Prob Production House)

DOK Leipzig Special Mention
Together - Marek Kozakiewicz
Producer: Agnieszka Skalska (Koi Studio)

Uchostudio Award
When the Wind Becomes Silent - Mateusz Gołębiewski
Producers: Małgorzata Domin, Dominika Mandla, Kinga Mielnik (Domino Film)

ColorOffOn Award
I Want It All – Katarzyna Wiśniowska
Producer: Tomasz Morawski (Haka Films)

HBO Award
Lili - Sylwia Rosak
Producer: Tomasz Morawski (Haka Films)

Docs to Go!

Institute of Documentary Film Special Mention
The Pawnshop - Łukasz Kowalski
Producers: Łukasz Kowalski, Anna Mazerant (4.30 Studio)

ColorOffOn Award
No Hero At All – Michał Kawecki
Producer: Maria Siniarska (Unlimited Film Operations)

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