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Kill It and Leave This Town pockets Best Film at the Polish Film Awards

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- Mariusz Wilczyński’s animation shared the most important prizes with Jan Holoubek’s 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda, both of which are feature debuts

Kill It and Leave This Town pockets Best Film at the Polish Film Awards
Kill It and Leave This Town director Mariusz Wilczyński and producer Agnieszka Ścibior with their Polish Film Awards

The Polish awards galas that have been organised since the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in December 2020 may seem a little repetitive, since most of them have been announcing Kill It and Leave This Town [+see also:
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as their pick for Best Film. It comes as no surprise, too – Mariusz Wilczyński’s animated magnum opus is a precious gem of a movie, which should not be overlooked just to keep the galas’ levels of suspense intact. The Polish Film Awards ceremony proved to be no exception, as Kill It and Leave This Town netted the Golden Eagle for Best Film, as well as three other gongs, for Best Screenplay (Mariusz Wilczyński), Best Music (Tadeusz Nalepa) and Best Sound (Franciszek Kozłowski). However, a different film, 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda [+see also:
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, took home the highest number of Polish Film Awards: Best Director (Jan Holoubek), Best Actress (Agata Kulesza), Best Actor (Piotr Trojan), Best Supporting Actor (Jan Frycz), Best Editing (Rafał Listopad), Best Make-up (Liliana Gałązka, Mirela Zawiszewska) and Discovery of the Year (Jan Holoubek). Piotr Domalewski’s second feature, I Never Cry [+see also:
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, scored Best Supporting Actress (Kinga Preis) and Best Cinematography (Piotr Sobociński Jr), tied in this latter category with Małgorzata Szumowska’s Never Gonna Snow Again [+see also:
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(for the work of Michał Englert).

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Agnieszka Holland’s Charlatan [+see also:
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snagged Best Costumes (Katarina Štrbová-Bieliková), and Lech Majewski’s Valley of the Gods [+see also:
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took home Best Production Design (Christopher Demuri, Lech Majewski). Shot in the far east of Russia, The Whale From Lorino [+see also:
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earned Maciej Cuske Best Documentary, Les Misérables [+see also:
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by Ladj Ly was voted Best European Film, while The Hater [+see also:
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by Jan Komasa picked up the Audience Award. Jan P Matuszyński, the director of King of Warsaw, a show set in 1930s Warsaw, accepted the Best Series Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to score composer and legendary jazz musician Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz.

The overall atmosphere of the gala hosted by TV personality and film expert Grażyna Torbicka was pleasant enough; however, the enthusiasm exuded by many presenters and recipients seemed subdued – either due to the heat wave that is currently ravaging Poland, or simply post-COVID fatigue.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film
Kill It and Leave This Town [+see also:
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interview: Mariusz Wilczyński
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- Mariusz Wilczyński

Best Director
Jan Holoubek – 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda [+see also:
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trailer
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]

Best Screenplay
Mariusz Wilczyński – Kill It and Leave This Town

Best Actress
Agata Kulesza – 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

Best Actor
Piotr Trojan – 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

Best Supporting Actress
Kinga Preis – I Never Cry [+see also:
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interview: Piotr Domalewski
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(Poland/Ireland)

Best Supporting Actor
Jan Frycz – 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

Best Sound
Franciszek Kozłowski – Kill It and Leave This Town

Best Cinematography (ex aequo)
Piotr Sobociński Jr – I Never Cry
Michał Englert – Never Gonna Snow Again [+see also:
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interview: Małgorzata Szumowska and Mi…
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(Poland/Germany)

Best Editing
Rafał Listopad – 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

Best Music
Tadeusz Nalepa – Kill It and Leave This Town

Best Costumes
Katarina Štrbová-Bieliková – Charlatan [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Holland
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(Czech Republic/Poland/Ireland)

Best Make-up
Liliana Gałązka, Mirela Zawiszewska – 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

Best Production Design
Christopher Demuri, Lech Majewski – Valley of the Gods [+see also:
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interview: Lech Majewski
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(Poland/USA/Luxembourg)

Audience Award
The Hater [+see also:
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- Jan Komasa

Best Documentary 
The Whale From Lorino [+see also:
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Maciej Cuske

Discovery of the Year
Jan Holoubek (director) - 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jerzy Matuszkiewicz

Best European Film
Les Misérables [+see also:
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– Ladj Ly (France)

Best TV Series
King of Warsaw – Jan P Matuszyński

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