The Polish film 'Sala Samobójców.Hejter' (The Hater), directed by Jan Komasa won the Best International Narrative Feature award at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, despite being the first Polish film to have qualified for this award, the producer Naima Film announced.
The film mirrors present-day reality, in which fake news and social media are common, while equally ubiquitous hate takes on unexpected dimensions.
Commenting on the verdict, Jan Komasa said that he was doubly pleased, as the cinemas were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic shortly after its premiere. As he noted, the film has received a second life thanks to this award.
Actor William Hurt, a member of jury, said that the film was wonderful, inspirational, morally powerful, insightful, and essential.
"Filled with deep understanding and compassion. It is this special kind of empathy that determines the strength of the film, becoming the authentic expression of the artist's conscience. It is empathy that resists pressure. It is honest. Fosters understanding," he wrote in a letter to the Polish director.
This is another major success for Jan Komasa, whose other work, “Corpus Christi” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in early 2020.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in direct response to the attacks of September 11. The festival's goal was to remind you that US cinema is not only Hollywood, but also the promotion of New York as the center of the film industry and the presentation of the most interesting productions from abroad to a large audience.
This year's edition of the festival was held online due to the prevailing coronavirus epidemic.