The sixteenth annual Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles (www.polishfilmla.org) just wrapped for another year screening the best in features, shorts and documentaries from Poland each October.
The opening night gala held on October 13 at the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood featured the screening of the film “Citizen” written, directed and starring Jerzy Stuhr. “Citizen,” recipient of the Special Jury Award at the 2014 Gdynia Film Festival, tells the story of a man born and brought up in Communist Poland and documents how the social conditions and ideologies of the time impacted his life. The main character tries to participate in the changing social conditions and consequently becomes entangled in a plot of absurd circumstances and unpredictable events – not helped by his own clumsiness.
During the opening night festivities, awards were presented to the best of the festival, including the Piotr Lazarkiewicz Award for Young Talent presented to Anna Prochniak and Adam Bobik; Short Film Award to Andrzej Cichocki (The Shadow Forest), Cinema Without Borders Special Jury Award for a Short Film to Adam Suzin (Interruption), Hollywood Eagle Animation Award to Joanna Jasinska-Koronkiewicz (It’s Quite True), Hollywood Eagle Award to Jan Komasa (Warsaw 44) and Hollywood Eagle Documentary Award to Karolina Bielawska (Call Me Marianna), as well as the inaugural Adam Bratcher Music Debut Award to Aleksander Gruz.
Award-winning actor Andy Garcia officially opened the festival and was awarded the special Pola Negri Award in recognition of his collaboration with Polish filmmakers.