Three Awards for "Joanna" in Moscow

Urszula Grabowska|

Urszula Grabowska. A still from Joanna.


Urszula Grabowska, who played the title role in Joanna by Feliks Falk, received the Silver St. George Award for Best Actress at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, which closed on July 2. Joanna also received the Award of  Russian Journalists and the Award of Russian Film Clubs.


The story of Joanna, winner of the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards at the 35th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia,is set during the times of Nazi occupation of Poland. A young woman, whose husband has gone missing during the war, takes care of a small Jewish girl. The child’s presence in Joanna’s flat is a source of constant fear.  Eventually someone informs the Nazis.  During an inspection of her flat, Joanna catches the eye of a Nazi officer who discovers her secret.


After the Moscow screenings, the film will have its US premiere, which will take place at the 31st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (July 21 through August 8).


The documentary film section of the Moscow International Film Festival also featured Deklaracja nieśmiertelności (The Declaration of Immortality) by Marcin Koszałka.


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Translated by Karolina Kołtun