Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s movie entitled “The Silent Twins” won the top Golden Lions award at the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia on Saturday night. As many as 20 films were qualified for the Main Competition. Among them there were 6 full-length directing debuts and 2 directors’ second films. “The Silent Twins” is the director Agnieszka Smoczyńska full-length debut in English.
Polish Film Festival is one of the oldest film events in Europe promoting Polish cinematography on such a wide scale. Founded in 1974, until 1986, PFF was organised in Gdańsk, then Gdynia became its venue with the Danuta Baduszkowa Musical Theatre hosting the Festival Centre.
Each year, the PFF audience has an opportunity, often as the first one in Poland, to see the most recent Polish productions. The most interesting Polish films, premieres, debuts and international film festivals’ prizewinners compete for the Golden Lions and Silver Lions, as well as a number of individual awards.
The movie directed by Smoczyńska is based on the real events and tells the story about the life of June and Jennifer Gibbons. They are Welsh identical twins, who refuse to communicate with anyone but each other.
The full list of the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia winners:
Audience Award: “Johnny” by Daniel Jaroszek
Short film: “Victoria” by Karolina Porcari
Microbudget Film Competition – Special Prize: Filip Dzierżawski – “Wake Up”
Microbudget film competition – main prize: Kamil Krawczycki – “Słoń”
Directing debut or second film: Beata Dzianowicz – “Strzępy”
Acting debut: Marta Stalmierska for the films “Johnny” and “Apokawixa”
Make-up: Dariusz Krysiak for the films “Filip” and “Eagle. The Last Patrol”
Costumes: Magdalena Rutkiewicz-Luterek – “The Wedding”
Scenography: Jagna Dobesz – “The Silent Twins”
Sound: Radosław Ochnio and Michał Fojcik – “Eagle. The Last Patrol”
Editing: Bartłomiej Piasek and Piotr Wójcik – “Eagle. The Last Patrol”
Golden Claw – A different look: Xawery Żuławski, Anna Waśniewska-Gill, Krzysztof Terej – “Apokawixa”
Supporting female role: Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik – “The Illusion”
Supporting male role: Grzegorz Przybył – “Strzępy”
Platinum Lions for lifetime achievement: Filip Bajon
Music: Zuzanna Wrońska and Marcin Macuk – “The Silent Twins”
Pictures: Michał Sobociński – “Filip”
Screenplay: Jacek Lusiński and Szymon Augustyniak – “Śubuk”
Main female role: Dorota Pomykała – “Woman on the Roof”
Leading role: Piotr Trojan – “Johnny”
Best Director: Jacek Bławut – “Eagle. The Last Patrol”
Silver Lions: Michał Kwieciński, Krystyna Świeca, Patryk Peridis, Małgorzata Fogel-Gabryś