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June 4, 2009, the Krakow FF presented awards to the best feature and short docs, as well as animation and fiction. In the Feature-length Documentary Competition, the Golden Horn Award went to Unmistaken Child [photo] by Israeli director Nati Baratz; Sergei the Healer by Finnish directors Juha Taskinen & Petteri Saario won the Silver Horn Award. In the International Competition, Pizza in Auschwitz took the Golden Dragon Award. We are especially proud to list the winners of the National Competition - the Golden Hobby-Horse Award went to Rabbit a la Berlin (Ex Oriente Film 2005) by Bartek Konopka, while Paweł Łoziński's Chemo (East European Forum 2007) received the Silver Hobby-Horse.


49th Krakow Film Festival
May 29 - June 4, 2009
Krakow / Poland




The Jury of the 49th Krakow Film Festival consisting of Sergey Miroshnichenko – chairman (Russia), Igor Heitzmann (Germany), Sérgio Tréfaut (Portugal), Andrea Preghyová (Czech Republic) and Paweł T. Felis (Poland) has decided to award the following prizes:

The Golden Horn Award to the film Unmistaken Child directed by Nati Baratz (Israel) - for both an impressive, thorough and undoubtedly requiring a lot of work story about a Buddhist lama’s pursuit of reincarnation that transforms into a story about the mystery of human life, and a perfect combination of an attractive form and intimate portrait of a deeply believing monk and his relationship with a found, little boy.

Israel 2008, 102'
D: Nati Baratz

This documentary film chronicles a former disciple's search for his reincarnated Tibetan master. Visually stunning, emotionally gripping and shot over the course of four years, Unmistaken Child follows a sacred quest through the eyes of a remarkable attendant.

The Silver Horn Award to the film Sergei The Healer directed by Juha Taskinen, Petteri Saario (Finland) - for an incredibly intense picture of a disappearing world of a small, forgotten village as well as director’s simplicity and deepness, and also for great cinematography which creates an amazing story about family, tradition, religion, life and death.  

Finland 2008, 102'
D: Juha Taskinen, Petteri Saario

Sergei the Healer is a touching and warm depiction of the life in a small Russian Karelian village, where young Sergei grows up in the middle of the most fabulous primeval forests in North Europe. He learns the skills needed for survival from his father Santeri and from the village’s grand old man: boat builder, Sulo. The documentary follows Sergei as he grows up and the struggle of Venehjärvi’s existence over a five year period.



The jury has decided to grant the Special Mention to the film Rough Aunties directed by Kim Longinotto (United Kingdom) - for a rare ability to raise the most difficult subjects in documentary cinema, for a touching picture of women who, despite all the cultural stereotypes, fight with rapes and sexual abuse of children as well as for the most surprising and shocking scene among all the films in the competition.

UK 2008, 103'
D: Kim Longinotto

A women's petition is at the heart of the Bobbi Bear non-profit organisation, which has been established in the South African city of Durban in an attempt to provide effective help to raped and sexually abused children. This group of unsentimental and uncompromising social workers cooperates very closely with local police, but most importantly they also work intimately with child victims and their families.


The Student Jury consisting of: Jacek Dziduszko, Przemysław Pełka, Zuzanna Pawłowska has decided to award the film Unmistaken Child directed by Nati Baratz (Israel).




The Jury of the 49th Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Zbigniew Rybczyński – chairman (Poland), Christoffer Olofsson (Sweden), Eduardo Chapero-Jackson (Spain), Chris Tidman (United Kingdom), Leo Kantor (Sweden) has decided to award the following prizes:

The Golden Dragon to the film Pizza in Auschwitz directed by Moshe Zimerman (Israel) for a complex and thought provoking portrayal of a family journey into one man’s personal tragedy and historical survival.

Israel 2008, 52 min
D: Moshe Zimerman

Pizza in Auschwitz is the story of a man who survived five concentration camps and has finally managed to convince his kids to visit the camp with him. The goal of the trip is to spend a night in Auschwitz in the same barracks where Chanoch once slept. Instead of depicting the many silent witnesses of the horrors that took place at the camp, which is what directors usually do, filmmaker Moshe Zimmerman concentrates on the chaotic trip to get there.



The Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Documentary Film to the film Poste Restante directed by Marcel Łoziński (Poland). The EFA Nomination Krakow 2009  – a nomination for the European Film Award in the short film category to the film Poste Restante.

Poland 2008, 14 min
D: Marcel Lozinski

What happens to letters addressed to Santa? To deceased relatives? To God? Academy Award-nominated director Marcel Lozinski captures with beautiful photography the birth, delivery and reincarnation of undeliverable letters in Poland.



The Special Mention to the films: Wagah directed by Supriyo Sen (Germany); Hugo King and his Damsel, directed by Franco do Peña (Poland/Venezuela).

The FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Jury Award: Poste Restante directed by Marcel Łoziński (Poland).

The FICC (International Federation of Film Discussion Clubs) Jury decided to give the Don Quichote Award to the film Goleshovo directed by Ilian Metev (Bulgaria/United Kingdom).

The Student Jury consisting of: Grzegorz Lis, Michał Gulik, Anna Fac-Biedziuk has decided to award My Amulet directed by Leah Thorn (United Kingdom).



Having watched all competitive films the Jury of the National Competition of the 49th Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Bogdan Dziworski – the chairman, Stefan Chwin, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Wiola Sowa and Wanda Zeman, has decided to award the following films:

The Golden Hobby-Horse for the film Rabbit a la Berlin directed by Bartek Konopka

Germany, Poland 2009, 50 min
D: Bartek Konopka

The untold story about wild rabbits that lived between the Berlin Walls. After the wall was torn down, the rabbits moved to West Berlin and have been living there in a few colonies since then - deprived of food, run over by cars, not knowing how to get around the new world. And they are still learning how to live in the free world, same as we – the citizens of Eastern Europe.

The film was developed at the 2005 Ex Oriente Film workshop; it was also presented at the 2008 Docu Talents from the East.



The Silver Hobby-Horse for the director of the best documentary film for Chemo directed by Paweł Łoziński. 


Poland 2008, 52 min
Pawel Lozinski

Patients in an oncology clinic receive chemotherapy. Their faces can be seen in a close-up. They lie in pairs and talk. They hold fascinating conversations. Life seen from a different perspective, a distance offered by a hospital, reveals its value, sense and charm. Why so late?

Pawel Lozinski pitched the film at the 2007 East European Forum under the working title Chemistry.


The President of the Association of Polish Filmmakers Award ex equo for the films: An Ordinary March directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz and Sometime Ago in Africa directed by Piotr Jaworski.

The President of the Association of Polish Filmmakers Award for the Best Film Editing to Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk.

The Maciej Szumowski Award founded by Kino Polska for the film Where the Sun Doesn’t Rush directed by Matej Bobrik.

The Bronisław Chromy Sculpture for the Best Producer of Polish short and documentary films for Anna Wydra for the film Rabbit a la Berlin directed by Bartek Konopka. 

The Student Jury consisting of: Konrad Pronobis, Paulina Nowak, Anna Petelenz has decided to award the film Side-Track directed by Anna Kazejak (Poland).

The President of the Polish Television Awards: For the Best Documentary Film for Anna Kazejak, director of the film Side-Track. For the Best Director of Photography of a documentary film for Jakub Giza for cinematography for the film Side-Track.