Gajos Wins Best Actor Award

Janusz Gajos received the award for Best Actor at the 20th Kino Pavasaris IFF in Vilnius for his performance in BODY/CIAŁO, a film directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Gajos – the Best Actor

Małgorzata Szumowska’s latest feature BODY/CIAŁO screened in the festival’s ‘Baltic Gaze’ Main Competition. The award for Best Actor in this section went to Janusz Gajos for his performance as a prosecutor. The award for Best Film went to Victoria, a film by Sebastian Schipper.

The award in Vilnius marks more recognition for BODY/CIAŁO. Earlier this year, Małgorzata Szumowska received the Silver Bear Award at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Special Mention for Obiekt (Object)

Special mention of the jury went to Obiekt (Object), a film directed by Paulina Skibińska. Obiekt (Object) has previously been awarded at the Sundance Film Festival. In Vilnius, the film screened in the festival’s short film competition. Co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, the film was produced by the Polish Filmmakers Association’s Munk Studio within the framework of the ‘First Documentary’ programme.

Polish Winners in Vilnius

At the 17th edition of the festival, the winner of the New Europe – New Names competition was Wymyk (Courage), a film directed by Greg Zgliński. The following year, Sławomir Fabicki’s Miłość (Loving) also won top laurels in the same category. Another winner that year was Grzegorz Zariczny and his short documentary Gwizdek (The Whistle). At last year’s edition of Kino Pavasaris, Poland was featured as special guest of the festival, while Paweł Pawlikowski, director of Ida, which screened in the ‘Baltic Gaze’ Main Competition, received the award for Best Director.

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Translated by Karolina Kołtun