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KRAKOW 2021 Awards

Russia’s Far Eastern Golgotha scoops the Golden Horn at the Krakow Film Festival

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- Julia Sergina’s documentary about a taxi driver-turned-YouTuber has triumphed in the International Competition, while Tomasz Wysokiński’s Walk with Angels won in the National Competition

Russia’s Far Eastern Golgotha scoops the Golden Horn at the Krakow Film Festival
Far Eastern Golgotha by Julia Sergina

The international jury of the Krakow Film Festival (30 May-6 June), headed up by Mark Cousins, explained that Far Eastern Golgotha director Julia Sergina proved to be a mature talent in telling a story of “a socially desperate but charismatic man using disobedience to fight for democracy”. In Eastern Europe, that battle is more important than ever, and takes different forms in countries like Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia. Sergina’s film received the gathering’s top prize, called the Golden Horn, while the runners-up clutching the Silver Horns were Oan Kim and Brigitte Bouillot for The Man Who Paints Water Drops (France/South Korea), for a Film With High Artistic Values, and Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh for Writing with Fire (India), for a Film Presenting Social Issues. Two Special Mentions were bestowed upon Inside the Red Brick Wall by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers (Hong Kong) and North by Current by Angelo Madsen Minax (USA), while the FIPRESCI jury rewarded Children of the Enemy [+see also:
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(Sweden/Denmark/Qatar) by Gorki Glaser-Müller.

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The ghosts of a horrific past that are still present today were evoked by the National Competition winner, Walk with Angels, helmed by Tomasz Wysokiński, who spent one year filming a South African man during his search for missing children. The movie shows that the country’s bloody history and the horrors of the Apartheid regime clearly still have an impact on people’s spirits and identity. Walk with Angels thus won the Golden Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Film, funded by the president of the Polish Filmmakers Association, while composer Paweł Mykietyn picked up a Special Mention for his haunting musical score. Tomasz Wolski, the director of 1970 [+see also:
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, and Andrzej Cichocki, who was behind A Little Bit of Paradise, pocketed the Silver Hobby-Horses for the Best Documentary Film Over 30 Minutes and Best Documentary Film Under 30 Minutes, respectively. Michalina Musialik’s Dog’s Field was lauded as the Best Animated Film, while Nastazja Gonera took home the Silver Hobby-Horse for Best Short Fiction Film with First Last Summer. The national jury was chaired by Jan P Matuszyński (The Last Family [+see also:
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).

The jury of the International Short Film Competition conferred the Golden Dragon upon Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot for The Hangman at Home (Denmark/France/Canada), while the Silver Dragon for Best Documentary went to God Was Here! by Raluca Lupascu (Netherlands), the one for Best Animation to Bad Mood by Loris Giuseppe Nese (Italy) and the one for Best Fiction to Rough by Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson (Ireland). The jury, headed by Anca Damian, also decided on the Best European Film, paving the way for a 2021 European Film Awards nomination – the title in question was Hide by Daniel Grey (Hungary/France/Canada).

The largest jury, consisting of the Krakow Film Festival’s audience, gave its gong to Polanski, Horowitz. Hometown by Mateusz Kudła and Anna Kokoszka-Romer (Poland/France/USA).

The hybrid version of the gathering came to a successful close on 6 June.

Here is the list of the winners at the 61st Krakow Film Festival:

International Documentary Competition

Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Film
Julia Sergina - Far Eastern Golgota (Russia)

Silver Horn for the Director of the Film with High Artistic Values
Oan Kim and Brigitte Bouillot – The Man Who Paints Water Drops (France/South Korea)

Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Film on Social Issues
Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh – Writing with Fire (India)

Special Mentions
Inside the Red Brick Wall - Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers (Hong Kong)
North by Current - Angelo Madsen Minax (USA)

FIPRESCI Award
Children of the Enemy [+see also:
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- Gorki Glaser-Müller (Sweden/Denmark/Qatar)

National Competition

Golden Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Film
Tomasz Wysokiński – Walk with Angels (Poland)

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Animated Film
Michalina Musialik – Dog’s Field (Poland)

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Fiction Film
Nastazja Gonera - First Last Summer (Poland)

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Documentary Film Over 30 Minutes
Tomasz Wolski – 1970 [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wolski
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]
(Poland)

Silver Hobby-Horse for the Director of the Best Documentary Film Under 30 Minutes
Andrzej Cichocki – A Little Bit of Paradise (Poland)

Special Mention
Paweł Mykietyn (composer) – Walk with Angels

International Short Film Competition

Golden Dragon for the Director of the Best Film
Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot – The Hangman at Home (Denmark/France/Canada)

Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Animated Film
Loris Giuseppe Nese - Bad Mood (Italy)

Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Fiction Film
Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson - Rough (Ireland)

Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Documentary Film
Raluca Lupascu – God Was Here! (Netherlands)

Audience Award
Polanski, Horowitz. Hometown – Mateusz Kudła and Anna Kokoszka-Romer (Poland/France/USA)

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