The Winner

Director : Wiesław Saniewski
Screenplay : Wiesław Saniewski
Producer : Saco Films Ltd.
Actors : Janusz Gajos, Paweł Szajda, Marta Żmuda-Trzebiatowska
Year of production : 2011
Running time : 110 min

A Polish-American co-production directed by Wiesław Saniewski, featuring Paweł Szajda, Janusz Gajos, Marta Żmuda Trzebiatowska, Wojciech Pszoniak, Grażyna Barszczewska, Peter J. Lucas, and Robert Gonera. The story of a young pianist. After losing everything, an accidental meeting with his former math teacher and avid horsetrack gambler helps him find his way in life. The film's star-studded cast is complemented by an excellent soundtrack, featuring a selection of music by Chopin, Carlos Libedinsky's electrifying tango, and three hit songs by Elvis Presley.


Best Film Audience Award at the Polish Film Festival, Tarnow (Poland) 2011
Best Actor (Pawel Szajda) at the International Film Festival, Orenburg (Russia) 2011
“Art-Tech” Best Film Audience Award at the Polish Film Festival of America, Chicago 2011
Best Polish Actor (Janusz Gajos) nomination, Gold Duck Award, Warsaw 2012
Special Jury Remi Award at the IFF World-Fest, Houston 2012

Wiesław Saniewski
director and Screenwriter Foreign critics consider him to be one of the best Polish screen directors (Awarded by American journalists as well as Russian film critics and film authorities). He is known for such works such as: ”Free Lance Jurnalist”, ”The Touched”, ”Custody”, ”The Stranger Must Fly”, “Immensity of Justice”, for which he has been awarded numerous prizes at international festivals in Europe and United States, including, Grand Prix in Chicago, Best director in Houston, best screenplay in Milan, Andrzej Munk award as well as FIPRESCI award in Mannheim. He has been awarded by the City of Wroclaw and, as the only Polish filmmaker, has received the John Paul II foundation’s prize for the humanistic values of his work. His films have been distributed in more than twenty countries.

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