Wołyń (Hatred), a film directed by Wojciech Smarzowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received three awards at the Waterloo Historical Film Festival in Belgium.
Wołyń (Hatred), a film directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, received three awards at the Waterloo Historical Film Festival in Belgium: the award for Best Actress (Michalina Łabacz), the award of the youth jury for Best Film, and the award for Best Production Design and Costume Design.
The complete list of winners is available at: wahff.070.be.
The film is an epic World War Two drama. Set over the course of six years, the story mostly takes place in a small Volhynian village inhabited by Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews. The life of this small community is brutally torn apart by history. In the spring of 1943, a wave of ethnic cleansing sweeps across the region. In a sea of brutality and hatred, the film’s protagonist Zosia Głowacka tries to save the lives of her children and her own.
The film was directed by Wojciech Smarzowski who also wrote the script based on a novel by Stanisław Srokowski. Wołyń (Hatred) was lensed by Piotr Sobociński Jr., scored by Mikołaj Trzaska, and edited by Paweł Laskowski. The film features performances by Michalina Łabacz, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Jacek Braciak, Tomasz Sapryk, Adrian Zaremba, Wojciech Zieliński, Jarosław Gruda, Sebastian Stegmann, and Andrzej Popiel.
Wołyń (Hatred) was produced by Film it and co-produced by the National Audiovisual Institute, Canal+, Telewizja Polska S.A., Andrzej Łudziński Productions, Bemar, Odra Film, the National Centre for Culture, Denaro, and the Polish Radio Networks (Polskie Sieci Radiowe). The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, the Lower Silesian Voivodship, and the City of Wrocław.
In early 2016 the filmmakers turned to audiences asking for support in raising the funds for filming the missing scenes. As a result, the Foundation for the Wołyń (Hatred) Film was launched and manage to secure funds for completing the film. Financing from the Polish Film Institute for Wojciech Smarzowski's Wołyń (Hatred) was 6 million PLN, the maximum amount available for a historical film as per the current Operational Programmes of the Polish Film Institute.
Wołyń (Hatred) screened in Main Competition at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival, winning individual awards for Piotr Sobociński Jr. (Best Cinematography), Michalina Łabacz (Best Professional Acting Debut), and Ewa Drobiec (Best Make-Up Artist).
Wojciech Smarzowski's film also received a total of nine 2017 Eagle Awards of the Polish Film Academy: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Music, as well as the audience award.
The film also received the 2016 Golden Reel award of the Polish Filmmakers Association in the Polish Film category, ex aequo with Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) by Jan P. Matuszyński.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun