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Polish Director Takes Top Honors in France
September 24, 2008   
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Gadzio, a documentary from Polish director Kryspin Pluta, won first prize at this year's Aye Aye Film Festival in Nancy-Lorraine, France. The film was made at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw.

Gadzio tells the story of a Romany teenager who meets and befriends an old Polish man from the country's southern Silesian province through music. The director explores the dynamics of people from different worlds discovering each other through the medium of a common language.

The Wajda school was founded in 2001 as a meeting place for film directors to exchange ideas and carry out film projects. Pluta held an MA in sociology when he enrolled. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and TV Department of the University of Silesia. Gadzio was part of a project entitled "First Documentary," a joint initiative of the Wajda School, the Association of Polish Filmmakers, and the Polish Film Institute and Polish Television.

The Aye Aye Film Festival, inaugurated in 1995, features short films, including documentaries and animated shorts. Apart from the competition, the festival has overviews of movies from different parts of the world.

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