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Zwierciadło Magazine Hands out Awards

Zwierciadło (Mirror) monthly magazine May 25 handed out its annual Crystal Mirrors awards to outstanding figures in Polish culture, the arts, science and public life—collectively described by the magazine as “people of dialogue” and “those who unite rather than divide.” The ceremony took place in the gardens of Królikarnia Palace in Warsaw.

This year’s awards went to popular actor Tomasz Kot; musician Artur Rojek for launching the OFF Festival, an international festival of alternative music; and top young writer Dorota Masłowska.

Yet another Crystal Mirror went to performer and experimental theater artist Rafał Betlejewski, who was singled out for praise for his Generation 1600 project based on an attempt at making ends meet on just zl.1,600 a month. The project aimed to highlight the problems of elderly people struggling to live on meager pensions in Poland.

A special award was presented to art curator and journalist Anda Rottenberg for her “many years of tireless struggle in the defense of art and artists’ right to unfettered expression.”

The magazine also presented its 2014 Little Crystal Mirror award to Dr. Anna Czarnecka, an up-and-coming researcher whose scientific achievements promise to revolutionize the treatment of cancer in the future.

Zwierciadło magazine has presented its annual Crystal Mirrors awards to public figures for outstanding achievement since 1996. Past winners include politicians Jerzy Buzek and Danuta Hübner, Nobel Prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska, writers Paulo Coelho, Janusz Głowacki and Anne Applebaum, historian Norman Davies, film directors Andrzej Wajda and Agnieszka Holland, and jazz pianist Leszek Możdżer.

TV Series About Prewar Film Star

Bodo, a series focusing on the life of Eugeniusz Bodo, a Polish film and cabaret star in the period between the two world wars, will be aired by public broadcaster TVP on its TVP1 channel beginning next spring. Shooting for the series began May 26 and will take place in 293 locations, including the cities of Łódź, Wrocław and Warsaw. The series will consist of 13 episodes.

Bodo, who was born in 1899 and died in 1943, was the most popular actor of interwar Polish cinema and cabaret as well as a director, screenwriter, producer and businessman. A heartthrob among women and a role model for men, he was at the center of many scandals and a favorite subject of gossip. He appeared in nearly 30 films and was a star of prewar revue theaters. He also had a number of hit songs that are remembered in Poland to this day.

Individual episodes of the new series will trace Bodo’s complex career, both his successes and failures. They will give viewers an insight into the unique atmosphere of prewar Warsaw and the entertainment and film industries of the time.

The series will feature Antoni Królikowski and Tomasz Schuchardt in the title role, as Bodo in his youth and later in life respectively.

The series is based on a script by Piotr Derewenda and Doman Nowakowski and is directed by Michał Kwieciński and Michał Rosa.

Prize for National Geographic

National Geographic Polska monthly won the top award in the prestigious annual GrandFront Cover of the Year competition, held by the Polish Chamber of Press Publishers for the 13th time this year.

The award-winning cover, in the May 2014 issue of the magazine, features the photograph of an apple stylized to resemble the globe with the shapes of the continents. The photo, by Kevin Van Aelst, illustrates a special report in the magazine entitled “A Hungry Planet: How to Feed the World.”

Hundreds of newspaper and magazine covers and title pages are entered for the Cover of the Year competition every year. The best are selected by a panel of renowned graphic artists.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw May 18. Wojciech Franus, artistic director of National Geographic Polska, collected the award on behalf of the magazine.