Polański’s film honoured with critics’ award in Venice

“An Officer and a Spy,” by Roman Polański, a movie presenting the story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award during the Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

Polański’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ gets standing applause in Venice

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The Federation announced its awards on the eve of Saturday’s ceremony of giving the most important prizes, including the “Golden Lion” of the 76th edition of the Venice Festival. Mr Polański’s film is considered one of the favourites for the main award.

According to Italian media, the movie about the story of Dreyfus “convinced everyone” and “it is unthinkable” that the film should not receive any awards.

Another movie created by a Polish director, “God’s Flesh” (“Boże Ciało”) by Jan Komasa, was also appreciated in Venice. The film was honoured with Europa Cinemas Label award. This title was established in 2003 with support of the EU. It is given by an organisation gathering more than a thousand of cinemas to European movies during the major film festivals: in Venice, Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary and Locarno.

The film “is an attractive combination of tragic and comedy plots; sometimes with violence, sometimes in a moving way.” The founders of the award also appreciated “surprising” and “absolutely exceptional” play of the main character, Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia.

The movie is about a 20-year-old man who was released from a borstal and tries to impersonate a priest.