The Grand Prix Award of the Festival, i.e. the Golden Angel of Tofifest in the ON AIR Competition, goes to French “Custody” by Xavier Legrand. The Silver Angel of Tofifest goes to Mariam Khatchvani from Georgia. Flisak of Tofifest was awarded to Malgorzata Kozuchowska, special Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence to Maciej Stuhr, and the Closing Ceremony culminated with the magnificent “Music is a woman” concert.
This time, the French have conquered Torun. Xavier Legrand, who was one of the guests of Tofifest just a couple of days ago, and had a meeting with the festival audience, now wins the most important prize of the festival.
The Jury has awarded his film for the following attributes: A very mature portrait of a conflict within a family, which creates such a tension that one may have an impression that they are watching a thriller, and for an accurate and complete film work.
“Custody” (Polish première at Tofifest), is a shocking testimony to a family collapse, which makes the child suffer the most. Xavier Legrand has characterised the film in the following way: This film is built on fear. A man willing to do anything to win back his woman creates that fear, and the woman, on the other hand, wants to leave him and get away from his aggressive behaviour.
The Silver Angel of Tofifest and the title of the Best Director in the “On Air” Competition went to Mariam Khatchvani for her work in “Dede” (Polish première at Tofifest), which is a Georgian and Qatari co-production. The Jury has awarded the film for “telling a simple parable, in an austere and moving way, and creating an authentic world.”
The Jury has also awarded two special mentions. One was for “Patti Cake$” by Geremy Jasper from the USA, and the other for “Ravens” (“Korparna”) by Jens Assur from Sweden. The first one was awarded for “characters that deny stereotypes and original acting,” and the other for “simple and very poetic cinematography that portrays the isolation of rural life.”
Two young juries also evaluated the films featured in the “On Air” Competition. The Young Jury gave an award to “Mobile Homes” by Vladimir de Fontenay (Polish première at Tofifest), a Canadian and French co-production, while the Student Jury awarded the animation from Iran – “Tehran Taboo”, directed by Ali Soozandeh.
The winner in the “From Poland” competition dedicated to Polish films was “The Fastest” by Lukasz Palkowski.
The winner in the “Shortcut” competition dedicated to short films was Emi Buchwald from Poland for her “Education”. The Jury awarded the Golden Angel for “creating a film that affects us on many levels, and a lesson in exposing the dangers of lack of independent thinking.”
Additionally, the jury in the “Shortcut” competition awarded two special mentions. One went to an Estonian and Croatian co-production titled ”Corner”, directed by Lucija Mrzljak, and the other to a Hungarian film titled “Invisibly” (“Láthatatlanul”), directed by Áron Szentpéteri. The Hungarian film had its Polish première at Tofifest. The first of films was awarded for “being a perverse story about setting limits in a world based on imagination,” and the other for “the consistency of abstract thinking in a reality that plays tricks on you.”
Three special prizes were awarded as well. The Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence was presented to an excellent actor Maciej Stuhr, and the Flisak of Tofifest — an award for the people of cinema associated with the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region — to actress Malgorzata Kozuchowska. The festival also awarded a special Golden Angel to the President of Torun Michal Zaleski.
The Closing Ceremony culminated with an impressive music concert under the title “Music is a woman”, which was part of the “Energy of Film Music” section. During the concert, Ania Karwan, Paulina Przybysz, Krzysztof Zalewski, and the magnificent Astrolabium Chamber Choir performed between ten and twenty hits of film music. They included “Flashdance… What a Feeling” originally sang by Irene Cary, or “Paper Planes” by M.I.A., among others. The idea of creating the concert came from festival director Katarzyna “Kafka” Jaworska, and it was co-produced with Bartosz Staszkiewicz, an excellent musician and arranger, and a winner of a Fryderyk Award. He was also the author of all arrangements and conducted his own orchestra, during the concert.
Postscript: The winner of the Audience Award is going to be announced tomorrow.