Awards of New York Polish Film Festival given

The movie “Jak pies z kotem” [“A dog with a cat”] by Janusz Kondratiuk won the Krzysztof Kieślowski Main Award “Beyond borders” of the New York Polish Film Festival (NYPFF).

Sylvia Hartowicz, a representative of the jury, said that this film “deeply reflects humanistic involvement, so typical for the work of the late director Krzysztof Kieślowski.”

“It discusses universal issues and helps us to understand the basic values of life in an exceptional way,” Ms Hartowicz said.

The Elżbieta Czyżewska awards for the best actor and actress were given to Anna Radwan for her role in “Kamerdyner” [“Butler”] by Filip Bajon and Olgierd Łukaszewicz (also “A dog with a cat”).

The Special Jury award was given to “The Butler” for its great representation of epic historical drama, with outstanding cinematography, scenery, costumes and characters, which are bold, but also restrained about unusual situations.”

A professor of Columbia University, Annette Insdorf, has been associated with NYPFF from nearly the beginning of the festival. As she admitted, she has always appreciated the devotion of the festival’s director Hanna Hartowicz.

In the opinion of Professor Insdorf, 15 years of the festival is proof of the significant, permanent presence of good Polish cinematography in New York City.