Chasm Awarded in Zagreb
Wojciech Kasperski’s Otchłań (Chasm) received the “Little Stamp” award for best film by a young documentary filmmaker at the 6th ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival.
The festival jury recognized Chasm for its “authenticity in portraying the loneliness and everyday struggle of the protagonist”. The film is about a gold digger in the mountains of northern Siberia.
Director Wojciech Kasperski (born in 1981) is a graduate of the Łódź Film School. He works in Poland and Russia. His films, particularly Nasiona (Seeds) from 2005, have received multiple awards at various film festivals in Poland and abroad. Kasperski has participated in the INPUT conference, the Tous Les Cinémas du Monde section of the Cannes festival, and Prix Europa. Together with Dawid Janicki, he established the Vostok8 production company.
Chasm was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
List of award winners at the 2010 ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival:
Main Prize: Petition, directed by Zhao Liang
Special Mentions: Last Train Home directed by Lixin Fan and Glass House directed by Hamid Rahmanian
Main Prize: Toto directed by Peter Schreiner
Special Mention: Guilty directed by Milica Denić
Award for Best Young Documentary Filmmaker: Chasm directed by Wojciech Kasperski
Special Mention: Sanya and Sparrow directed by Andrey Gryazev
Movies That Matter Award for a film that best promotes Human Rights: Petition directed by Zhao Liang
Special Mention: Why? directed by Ljubica Janković Lazarić
Translated by Karolina Kołtun