Special Mention for "The Christening"

Marcin Wrona’s Chrzest (The Christening) received special mention from the Church of Iceland Jury at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF), which ended on Sunday, October 3. This marks the first international award for The Christening.


In the Jury Statement, jury members Arni Svanur Danielsson, Armann H. Gunnarsson and Johanna Magnusdottir stated that Marcin Wrona’s picture was “a splendidly made film that tells a haunting story of sacrifice and confrontation, despair and hope. The Christening paints a believable picture of the senselessness of violence. It reflects the guilt of grown-ups in the innocence of the child.”


Other awards of the Reykjavik film festival:

  • The Golden Puffin (Discovery Award) and FIPRESCI Award: Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times), directed by Michelangelo Frammartino;

  • The Church of Iceland Award (Ecumenical Jury Award): Tomorrow, directed by Marian Crisan; Special Mention: Chrzest (The Christening), directed by Marcin Wrona;

  • RIFF Audience Award: Littlerock, directed by Mike Ott;

  • RIFF Environmental Award: Earth Keepers, directed by Sylvie Von Brabant;

  • RIFF Golden Egg Award (Young Talent Award): The Passenger, directed by Sakaris Fridi Stora.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival, launched in 2004, marked 25,000 admissions this year, and was attended by 200 industry representatives from around the world. The festival’s programme featured 140 films, including the special programme Focus On Poland, which screened a selection of recent Polish features.


More information about the Reykjavik film festival and awarded films available at: www.riff.is.


Translated by Karolina Kołtun