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.
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
Distinction Kuba Czekaj for Baby Bump
Platinum Lion for Lifetime Achievement Tadeusz Chmielewski