Body/Ciało (Body), a film directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received the Grand Prize at the CinÉast International Film Festival, which closed on October 23.

Subtle Humour in the Darkest Hour

Szumowska’s latest feature was recognized by CinÉast jury members Andrzej Żuławski (chairman of the jury), Alexandra Hoesdorff, Yann Tonnar, Vicky Krieps, and Ina Ivanceanu. Body/Ciało (Body) received the award for its “coherence of the concept, for the complexity of its characters and the empathy towards human frailty, […] for a subtle humour in the darkest hour.” The festival’s Special Jury Prize went to Babai by director Visar Morina, while the Critics’ Prize went to Son of Saul by Hungarian director László Nemes.


Małgorzata Szumowska’s Body/Ciało (Body), co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin and the Golden Lions for Best Film in Gdynia, was released theatrically in Poland on March 6, 2015. The film received the 2015 European Film Award for Best Editor, and has screened and received acclaim at multiple film events in Poland and abroad.

According to the director, Body/Ciało (Body) is a story about our attitudes towards the body,a bout solitude and loneliness in present-day Poland, told through an ironic, tongue-in-cheek story. Through her three main protagonists, Małgorzata Szumowska portrays the absurdities of life, its beauty and ugliness, as well as people who — for better or worse — search for their own spiritual path.

Polish Films Awarded at CinÉast

The CinÉast festival has been organized annually in Luxembourg since 2008, with a competition for films from Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Bulgaria. Polish cinema has always been widely represented at this Luxembourg-based event, and Polish films have received multiple awards. In 2011, the festival’s Grand Prize went to Młyn i krzyż (The Mill and the Cross) by Lech Majewski. In 2012, the Audience Award went to Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk. The 2014 Audience Award went to Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) by Maciej Pieprzyca and Łaznia (Baths) by Tomasz Ducki.

The 8th CinÉast Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg ran from October 8 through October 25, 2015.

Polish presence at the festival was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Further details are available at www.cineast.lu.