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Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival 2014

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Published on Feb 28, 2015

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Members of the Jury included: Larry Anklewicz, Steve Veal and David Straiton. Among the films vying for the prize of the EKRAN 2014 Best Drama were the following eight:
In the name of…, Ida, Venus in Fur, Hardkor Disko, One Way Ticket To The Moon,
Foreign Body, Life Feels Good and Strong coffee is not so bad.

The EKRAN 2014 Best Film was awarded to Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.

The jury substantiated its decision as follows:

“The acting is terrific, especially the woman who plays Wanda. The writing and direction are excellent. And the actress who plays Ida gives a very controlled, subtle and nuanced performance. She does not overact. We see this especially when her world is turned upside down when she learns that both her parents were killed during the Holocaust, along with her toddler cousin, Wanda’s son.
In the end, she does not take Wanda’s words seriously when she says that she knows nothing about life and that she’s giving up by living a sheltered life as a nun. She continues to live her life as it was.”
FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Members of the Jury included: Larry Anklewicz, Steve Veal and David Straiton. Among the films vying for the prize of the EKRAN 2014 Best Drama were the following eight:
In the name of…, Ida, Venus in Fur, Hardkor Disko, One Way Ticket To The Moon,
Foreign Body, Life Feels Good and Strong coffee is not so bad.

The EKRAN 2014 Best Film was awarded to Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.

The jury substantiated its decision as follows:

“The acting is terrific, especially the woman who plays Wanda. The writing and direction are excellent. And the actress who plays Ida gives a very controlled, subtle and nuanced performance. She does not overact. We see this especially when her world is turned upside down when she learns that both her parents were killed during the Holocaust, along with her toddler cousin, Wanda’s son.
In the end, she does not take Wanda’s words seriously when she says that she knows nothing about life and that she’s giving up by living a sheltered life as a nun. She continues to live her life as it was.”

DOCUMENTARY COMPETION
The following documentaries were submitted to the jury in this category:
Neon directed by Eric Bednarski and Warsaw Uprising directed by Jan Komasy.
The prize was awarded Warsaw Uprising. The Jury’s verdict explained as follows:

“The fact that this film exists is somewhat of a miracle. Who would have thought
The Polish Resistance, which was fighting for its life, would have time and resources to document the Warsaw Uprise. It is also a miracle that the film and its photos survived. The restoration is excellent, as is the editing and composition. This is not only an amazing film, but also a great historical artifact.”

SHORT FILM COMPETITION
This year there was a separate category for short films.

The following films were presented in this competition:

A Mile in these Hooves directed by James Brylowski, Mr. West directed by Oliver Ward,
The Master directed by Filip Terlecki, The Heat directed by Bartosz Kruhlik,
The Shadow Forest directed by Andrzej Cichocki, Arena directed by Martina Ratha and The Book Story directed by Jan Kowalski.

The jury of the EKRAN 2014 decided that the Best Short Film was A Mile in these Hooves directed by James Brylowski, validating its choice as follows:

“This film combines the humor of the situation as well as the grit and determination of the participants to complete their mission. The cinematography is great and the two guys are real characters with faults and foibles. However, their dedication to completing the trek finally wins us in the end.”

PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD
The audience of the sixth edition of EKRAN 2014 were able to cast votes for their favorite movie after each projection.

This year viewers decided that the best feature film was One Way Ticket To The Moon directed by Jacek Bromski.

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