Gdynia Film Festival, All Our Winners.
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19. 09. 2015. Department

Terrific night for the Lodz Film School in Gdynia. Check out all the Festival winners originating from the Lodz Film School.

The Main Prize of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival, Golden Lions, went to Małgorzata Szumowska for the film, "Body/Ciało". Magnus von Horn received two prizes: Best Direction & Best Screenplay for his fiction debut film,"Intruz". Janusz Gajos, also a graduate of our school, starring in Małgorzata Szumowska’s film, “Body/Cialo” won the Best Leading Actor Prize. Justyna Suwała, who plays in the film, got a prize for her acting debut. And that’s not everything! Jerzy Skolimowski, also the graduate of our school, was awarded a Special Prize for the film, "11 minut". Janusz Majewski, another of our film direction graduates, won the Silver Lion for the film, "Excentrycy, czyli po słonecznej stronie ulicy". Our acting graduate, Krzysztof Stroiński won a  prize for his role in the film, "Anatomia zła" by Jacek Bromski. Jerzy Zieliński, a cinematography graduate of our school won the Best Cinematography Prize for the film, "Letnie przesilenie".

Małgorzata Szumowska’s film, “Body” is the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Direction at this year’s Berlinale Festival, where it was screened in Main Competition competing with 18 other films, amongst them, "Knight of Cups" by Terence Malick, "Queen of the Desert" by Werner Herzog, "Nobody Wants the Night" by Isabel Coixet and "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" by Peter Greenaway. The film, "Body/Ciało", starring Janusz Gajos and Maja Ostaszewska, is based on an original screenplay by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert. “Body/Ciało” is the story of a cynical prosecutor and his daughter who suffers from anorexia. Each of them in their own way is trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of a beloved person. When one day, the girl’s therapist Anna says that she has been contacted by the deceased and passed a message for them, they have to revise their attitude to matters of life and death. Małgorzata Szumowska graduated from the Lodz Film School in 1998 and is now one of the most original Polish film directors.

“Intruz” is a story of a 17-year-old Swedish teenager who leaves a reformatory and is trying to start a new life. Some time before he had been sent to the reformatory because of aggression he could not control. Now he has to find inner strength which will let him confront the past. Magnus von Horn was born in Göteborg, Sweden. He studied film direction at the Lodz Film School. His student documentary film "Radek" won Maciej Szumowski Prize at the Krakow Film Festival; a student film "Echo" won the following prizes.: Silver Lajkonik for the Best Short Fiction Film at the Krakow Film Festival and the Best Student Film at the International Film Schools’ Festival in Munich. The film was also screened at Sundance Independent Film Festival in 2010. Magnus von Horn’s diploma film "Without Snow" had its premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011. The film won Silver Lajkonik Prize at the Krakow Film Festival and the Grand Prix in the Young Cinema Competition of the Gdynia Film Festival.