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Roaring Success for Young Lions
September 30, 2009 By W.Ż.    
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Young filmmakers walked away with the main awards at the Polish Film Festival as enthusiastic critics hailed what they saw as a revival of Polish cinema after several lean years.

The annual festival was held in the coastal city of Gdynia for the 34th time Sept. 14-19. The Grand Prize, the Golden Lions, and a host of other awards went to Rewers (The Reverse), a movie directed by Borys Lankosz.

This big-screen debut by the 36-year-old filmmaker is a dramatic story of three women: a daughter, mother and grandmother, entangled in the complexity of their professional and personal lives. The movie, which blends horror, romance and farce, is set in contemporary Poland but features flashbacks to the early 1950s, the darkest days of the Stalinist period.

The film's cast and crew won a string of awards: Agata Buzek was named best actress; the best supporting actor award went to Marcin Dorociński; best makeup artist award to Mirosława Wojtczak, Ludmiła Krawczyk and Waldemar Pokromski. The film also won five special awards, including one from journalists and one from audiences at the Multikino cinema chain.

The Silver Lions went to Wojna polsko-ruska (Snow White and Russian Red), a film directed by Xawery Żuławski and based on the popular iconoclastic novel by Dorota Masłowska-her literary debut at the age of 20. Borys Szyc, who appeared in the leading male role in the film, walked away with the best actor award.

Three festival awards went to Wojciech Smarzowski's Dom zły (The Dark House), a tragicomedy set in provincial Poland under communism. The film claimed awards for best director, best screenplay (for Łukasz Ko¶micki and Wojciech Smarzowski), and best editing (for Paweł Laskowski).

Dorota Karolak won an award for best supporting actress in Jestem twój (I Am Yours), a film directed by Mariusz Grzegorzak.

Filip Garbacz, starring in Robert Gliński's ¦winki (Piggies), a film about boy prostitutes, won an award for best acting debut. The best directing debut award went to Katarzyna Rosłaniec for Galerianki (Mall Girls), another film about teen prostitution.

The Honorary Platinum Lions went to directors Kazimierz Kuc, who has made many films about the southern Silesia region, and Jerzy Hoffman, who has made several epic films about Polish history, including costume dramas based on novels by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

Announcing the verdict, festival jury foreman Krzysztof Krauze said the judges were impressed by the films competing for awards at this year's festival. "Fantastic things are happening in Polish cinema," said Krauze, adding that the films shown at the festival were interesting, daring and ambitious.
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