"Frozen Stories" Nominated for EFA

Frozen Stories
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At the 64th Locarno International Film Festival, the film Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk received a nomination for the European Film Awards in the Best Short Film category. Special mention of the International Federation of Film Societies went to the Polish-Romanian animated film Crulic – Droga na drugą stronę (Crulic – Road to the Beyond) by Anca Damian. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Frozen Stories screened in the Pardi di domani / Leopard of Tomorrow short film competition, alongside Bez śniegu (Without Snow) by Magnus von Horn. Both features were produced at the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. 


Frozen Stories is focused around two supermarket workers who have two days to find their purpose in life. The film was previously recognized at the “Łodzią po Wiśle” film festival, receiving the Grand Prize and audience award. Frozen Stories also screened at the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (Young Cinema Competition), at the New Horizons festival in Wrocław, and at the “Dwa Brzegi / Two Riversides” film festival in Kazimierz Dolny.


Crulic, which screened in Main Competition at this year’s Locarno IFF,  is a combination of animation, documentary, and feature film. The plot is based on real events from 2007 and 2008, when Claudiu Crulic, a Romanian prison inmate, died in a Krakow prison after a four-month-long hunger strike.


At this year’s 51st edition of the Krakow Film Festival, the short documentary Paparazzi by Piotr Bernaś also received a nomination for the European Film Awards. Paparazzi was also co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


The European Film Awards ceremony will be held in Berlin on December 3, 2011.


Further details about the Locarno International Film Festival available at: www.pardolive.ch.


The official website of the European Film Academy available at: www.europeanfilmacademy.org.


Translated by Karolina Kołtun