Krystyna Janda With An Acting Award At Sundance

At the end of the Sundance film festival, Krystyna Janda received an acting award for her role in Jacek Borcuch’s film „Dolce Fine Giornata”. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

An award for Krystyna Janda

Krystyna Janda was awarded for the role of Maria Linde in the new film by Jacek Borcuch entitled “Dolce Fine Giornata”.

The film’s location is the Etruscan city of Volterra. Everyone knows and respects each other. On a small hill stands the house of Maria – Polish poet, Nobel Prize laureate, moral authority. Her life goes on in the rhythm of the Italian province, but it is turned upside down when she receives  shocking news about the tragic event. Under the influence of emotions, during the ceremony of awarding the title of an honorary citizen of the city, instead of courtesy thank-you, Maria gives a shockingly politically incorrect speech. From that moment, the heroine will experience the severe consequences of her speech.

The main character is played by Krystyna Janda. She is partnered by Kasia Smutniak and Italian actor Lorenzo de Moor. The role of the Polish actress was appreciated by journalists in the first reviews, which appeared shortly after the premiere.

It is worth noting that this is not the first acting award for Krystyna Janda at a international festival. During her career, the Polish actress was awarded, among others, at festivals in Cannes (Jury Prize for the best female role for the role in the film “Interrogation”), Belgrade (acting award for the role in the film “Interrogation”), Trieste at the International Fantastic Film Festival (acting award for the role in the film “Golem”) or San Sebastian (acting award for the role in the film “Dismissed from Life”). The film by Jacek Borcuch will enter Polish cinemas on May 10, 2019.


Jacek Borcuch is the director of “Dolce Fine Giornata”. This is his third film, which was selected to the Sundance Film Festival. In 2013, “Lasting” took part in an international competition, and in 2009 “All That I Love” was the first Polish title presented in the main competition at the festival. The screenplay was written in cooperation between Jacek Borcuch and the writer Szczepan Twardoch, the author of the books “Morfina”, “Król” and the winner of the Nike Award. This is his screenwriting debut. The producer of the film is Marta Habior from No Sugar Films. Michał Dymek is responsible for cinematography (“Best Fireworks Ever”), and Elwira Pluta for the set design (“Panic Attack”).

Polish films at Sundance 2019

This year, in addition to the film by Jacek Borcuch shown in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Polish short films also appeared in Park City. Polish short films presented in the short section were Tomek Popakul’s “Acid Rain” animation (last year, the previous Tomek Popakul’s film, “Black”, was also presented at Sundance) and the documentary “Harda” by Marcin Polar. Both Polish films will be screened at this year’s Krakow Film Festival.

Polish successes at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the most important independent cinema festivals in the world. The event, invented by actor Robert Redford, takes place in Park City, Utah, USA.

The Sundance jury has been appreciating Polish cinema for several years. In 2016, Michał Marczak received an award for his film “All the Sleepless Nights” (best director in the World Cinema Documentary Competition) and Agnieszka Smoczyńska for “The Lure” (Special Prize in the World Dramatic Cinema Competition). In 2011, Jakub Stożek and his documentary “Out of reach” won the distinction in the short film competition. In 2015, the “Object” directed by Paulina Skibińska received the Special Jury Prize in the Short Films Competition, while in 2013, Grzegorz Zariczny’s “Gwizdek” won in the same section, and Michał Englert received the award for the best cinematography realized outside the United States for “Lasting”.

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