FNE at Gdynia Film Festival 2015: Prize Winners

Body / Ciało directed by Małgorzata Szumowska Body / Ciało directed by Małgorzata Szumowska

GDYNIA:  The Grand Prix of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival for Best Film went to  Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body. Already highly regarded the film was screened earlier in the year to critical acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival where Szumowska won a Silver Bear for Best Director.  

The festival’s second highest award, the Silver Lion went to and Janusz Majewski's The Eccentrics. The Sunny Side of the Street.

The awards ceremony held on 19 September 2015 in the Baltic seaside town of Gdynia began with a memoriam to Polish filmmaker Marcin Wrona who had died unexpectedly on Friday night at the festival. Wrona, 42, whose film Demon was screened in the main competition of the festival was considered one of the leading young filmmakers of his generation and had just returned from Toronto where Demon had received a very successful international premiere.

The director of Gdynia Film Festival, Michal Oleszczyk, said Wrona "died suddenly Friday night." In a statement the festival said “As the organizers of the Festival and at the same time friends of Marcin, we are deeply shocked and saddened by this information. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the wife of the director and all the people who were close to him.”

The festival also marked the last official appearance in Gdynia by Polish Film Institute director Agnieszka Odorowicz who is stepping down after 10 years in the position and the introduction of her successor Magdalena Sroka who will take up the post officially in October. Both were presented at the annual Polish Filmmakers Association Forum www.sfp.pl in Gdynia.

The festival screened 18 Polish feature films in the main competition selected from over 50 produced in Poland over the past year. There were also competitions for Young Cinema and Short Films. Click HERE for Young Cinema Competition Winners.

Main Competition

Grand Prix Golden Lion
To director Małgorzata Szumowska and producer Jacek Drosio for
Body (Poland)
Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska
Produced by Nowhere Sp. z o.o.
Supported by the Polish Film Institute and HBO Poland

Silver Lion
To the director Janusz Majewski and producer Vladimir Niderhaus for
Excentrycy /Sunny Side of the Street (Poland)
Directed by Janusz Majewski
Produced by WFDiF
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Special Jury Award 
11 minut (Poland)
Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
Produced by Skopia Film
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Director
Magnus von Horn for
The Here After/Intruz/Intruder (France, Poland, Sweden)
Directed by Magnus von Horn
Coproduced by Lavafilms
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Screenplay
Magnus von Horn for Intruder

Best Leading Actress
Agnieszka Grochowska for
Alien Sky/Obce niebo
Directed by Dariusz Gajewski
Produced by Tak Film
Coproduced by TVN, Agora, LSW
Leśnodorski Ślusarek i Wspólnicy
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Leading Actor Ex-Aqueo
Christopher Stroiński for
Anatomy of Evil/ Anatomia zła (Poland)
Directed by Jacek Bromski
Produced by Jacek Bromski Produkcja filmowa
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

And  Janusz Gajos for Body

Best Directing Debut
Agnieszka Smoczyńska for
Daughters of the Dance/ Córki Dancingu (Poland)
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Produced by WFDiF
Coproduced by HBO Poland, Telewizja Polaka
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Acting Debut
Justin Suwała for Body

Best Cinematography
Jerzy Zielinski for
Summer Solstice/ Letnie przesilenie (Poland, Germany)
Directed by Michał Rogalski
Produced by Prasa i Film
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Music
Paul Mykietyn for 11 Minutes

Best Art Direction
Jagna Janicka for
Hiszpanka (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Barczyk
Produced by Studio Filmowe KADR, Film-Art
Coproduction Alvernia Studios, TP S.A. and ITI CinemaCinema.
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Semotiuk for Summer Solstice

Best Supporting Actor
Wojciech Pszoniak for Sunny Side of the Street

Best Sound
Martin Jachyra, Casper Habisiak, Martin Kasiński for Body

Best Editing
Agnieszka Glińska for 11 Minutes and Intruder

Best Makeup
Janusz Kaleja, Thomas Matraszek for Daughters of the Dance

Best Costumes
Dorothy Roqueplo, Andrew Szenajch for Hispanic

Another Vision Competition

Golden Claw for Best Filmbest film contest Another Look
Singing Tablecloth (Poland)
Directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek, Produced by Marcin Malatyński

Kuba Czekaj  for Baby Bump

Platinum Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Tadeusz Chmielewski