Małgorzata Szumowska has been nominated for the European Film Award in the prestigious Best European Director category for her latest feature Body/Ciało (Body), a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. 

Małgorzata Szumowska in the Running for Best European Director Award


Małgorzata Szumowska, photo by Dominik Kulaszewicz

Nominations for the 2015 European Film Awards were announced on November 7, 2015 at the Seville European Film Festival. Among nominees in the prestigious Best European Director category is Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska for her film Body/Ciało (Body). Filmmakers also nominated in this category are Paolo Sorrentino (Youth), Nanni Moretti (My Mother), Roy Andersson (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), and Sebastian Schipper (Victoria). 

2015 European Film Award for Jacek Drosio

This nomination for Małgorzata Szumowska brings the opportunity for a second European Film Award for the creators of Body/Ciało (Body). On October 27, 2015, the European Film Academy announced the first winners of the 2015 European Film Awards. The award for Best European Editor went to Jacek Drosio. This marks the first European Film Award for this Polish editor. Further details are available here.

Nomination for Icelandic-Danish-Polish Co-Production

One of the films nominated for the European Film Awards as European Film 2015 is Hrútar (Rams), an Icelandic-Danish-Polish co-production directed by Grímur Hákonarson. The film’s Polish co-producer is Aeroplan Film.

Body/Ciało (Body)

Janusz Gajos in Body/Ciało (Body), photo courtesy of Nowhere

A cynical prosecutor and his anorectic daughter are both trying, each in their own way, to deal with the death of a loved one. One day, the girl’s therapist Anna announces that their deceased relative has contacted her from the beyond and has a message for them; this forces both father and daughter to reevaluate their views of life and death.

The screenplay for Body/Ciało (Body) was written by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert, who also lensed the film. The film stars Janusz Gajos, Justyna Suwała and Maja Ostaszewska, with supporting performances by Tomasz Ziętek, Ewa Dałkowska, Adam Woronowicz, and Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik. Body/Ciało (Body) was produced by Nowhere and co-produced by Kino Świat, D35 and the Warsaw Mazovia Film Fund. World sales are handled by Memento Films International. Body/Ciało (Body) was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Body/Ciało (Body) had its world premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, screening in Main Competition. Małgorzata Szumowska won the Silver Bear Award for Best Director.

The film has also received recognition at other events abroad, most notably at the Let’s CEE Festival in Vienna, as well as in Brussels, Dortmund, Peru, Vilnius, and Malta.

European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin

The 28th European Film Awards ceremony will be held on December 12 in Berlin. Next year’s edition of the European Film Awards gala will be held in Wrocław.

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Translated by Karolina Kołtun