"Essential Killing" Wins in Gdynia
Jerzy Skolimowski. Photo by Marcin Kułakowski, Polish Film Institute
The winners of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia have been announced. The winner of the most awards (a total of five), including the Golden Lions for Best Film, was Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski. The Silver Lions went to the creators of Sala samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa. The jury also awarded a Special Jury Prize, which went to Młyn i krzyż (The Mill and the Cross) by Lech Majewski, and Special Recognition of the Jury went to Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday) by Antoni Krauze. The Platinum Lions for lifetime achievement went to Tadeusz Konwicki and Roman Polański.
“We have seen twelve very diverse films. Shocking, provocative, beautiful, sometimes irritating […]. Almost all of them evoked strong emotions and long (often tumultuous) discussions. We are not objective, nor are we meant to be. We are different. We come from different countries, value different aesthetics, and we have different tastes. [Yet] we have managed to reach consensus,” said Paweł Pawlikowski, president of the Jury, at the closing gala of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
When accepting the award for Best Director, Jerzy Skolimowski said: “I would like to thank the jury. I want to share this award with my crew, especially with Adam Sikora – director of photography, Paweł Mykietyn – composer, and Ewa Piaskowska – screenwriter and co-producer […]. I would like to thank the Polish Film Institute and its director Agnieszka Odorowicz, for being the first institution to support my project financially. Thank you.”
Robert McMinn, deputy head of Lakeshore Entertainment, producer, script development specialist, and one of the jurors of this year’s festival, said the following as he presented the Silver Lions award to Jerzy Kapuściński of Studio “Kadr” and Jan Komasa, director of Sala samobójców (Suicide Room): “I watched a lot of extraordinary films from Poland when I was growing up; films that left a lasting impression. These films were one of the reasons I got into this business. And I have seen a lot of extraordinary films over the past week.”
“I would like to thank Michał Chaciński for creating this festival from scratch, so to speak. Michał, you have given great energy to this place, to this festival. We all feel it every day,” said Komasa. He dedicated the award to Anna Malarowska, mother of the deceased Magda who had been his inspiration in creating this film. Jerzy Kapuściński thanked the crew for three years of amazing, creative, and often very hard work.
The Grand Prize of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia – the “Golden Lions” for Best Film was presented by Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski and president of the jury Paweł Pawlikowski to the creators of Essential Killing – director Jerzy Skolimowski and co-producer Ewa Piaskowska. “I humbly bow before the accomplishments of my younger colleagues,” said the director, thanking God for making him take a gamble, and inviting the co-producers from Canal+ and Syrena Films to join him on stage.
The complete list of winners of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia:
- Golden Lions – Grand Prize of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia: Jerzy Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska for Essential Killing;
- Silver Lions: Jan Komasa and Jerzy Kapuściński for Sala samobójców (Suicide Room);
- Platinum Lions for Lifetime Achievement: Tadeusz Konwicki andRoman Polański;
- Best Make-up: Janusz Kaleja for Lęk wysokości (Fear of Heights), directed by Bartek Konopka;
- Best Acting Debut: Katarzyna Zawadzka for her role in W imieniu diabła (In the Name of the Devil), directed by Barbara Sass;
- Best Sound: Lech Majewski and Zbigniew Małecki for Młyn ikrzyż (The Mill and the Cross), directed by Lech Majewki, and Bartosz Putkiewicz for Sala samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa;
- Best Editing: Réka Lemhényi andMaciej Pawliński for Essential Killing;
- Best First- or Second-Time Director: Greg Zglinski for Wymyk and Bartek Konopka for Lęk wysokości (Fear of Heights);
- Best Supporting Actor: Marian Dziędziel for his role in Kret (The Mole) by Rafael Lewandowski;
- Best Supporting Actress: Gabriela Muskała for her role in Wymyk, directed by Greg Zglinski;
- Best Costume Design: Dorota Roqueplo for Młyn ikrzyż (The Mill and the Cross) by Lech Majewski andSala samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa;
- Best Production Design: Katarzyna Sobańska and Marcel Sławiński for Młyn ikrzyż (The Mill and the Cross) by Lech Majewski;
- Best Screenplay: Janusz Margański andGreg Zglinski for Wymyk (The Slip) by Greg Zglinski;
- Best Score: Paweł Mykietyn for Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski;
- Best Photography: Adam Sikora for Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski;
- Best Leading Actress: Roma Gąsiorowska for her role in Ki (My Name Is Ki) by Leszek Dawid;
- Best Leading Actor: Marcin Dorociński for his role in Róża by Wojciech Smarzowski;
- Best Director: Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing)
- Special Recognition of the Jury: Antoni Krauze for Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday);
- Special Jury Prize: Lech Majewski for Młyn ikrzyż (The Mill and the Cross)
Translated by Karolina Kołtun