Play Poland Film Festival is an excellent opportunity for all cinemagoers to familiarise themselves with the best of Polish films. Already this Thursday (1st of November) we will be screening drama titled ‘The Winner’ (Wygrany) directed by Wiesław Saniewski.
‘The Winner’ tells a story of Oliver Linovski (starring Paweł Szajda), Poland born American pianist who fails to cope with the pressure from his agent and music community, thus breaking off his European tournée during an opening concert in Wrocław. Broken career and enormous debt resulting from Oliver’s decision to opt out from his contract situate him in a dead end. An accidental meeting with Frank Goretzky (Janusz Gajos), avid horse races gambler, turns out to be a focal point in the talented artist’s life. Frank becomes his guardian who shows him a rather different world to the music industry, one of exciting bets and high rewards. However, it soon becomes obvious that these both worlds are not so different from each other. Oliver notices that piano competitions are just like horseraces – one cannot win without trying and often putting a lot at stake. Shortly after he will make a risky attempt to recover his career and sustain artistic independence.
In his latest film Wiesław Saniewski relates to topics rarely discussed in Polish cinema and shows a very particular community. Nevertheless ‘The Winner’ is not only about confronting the worlds of piano competitions and horseraces. First and foremost it is a story of searching for our place in the world, the need for love and approval. It is about living in accordance to one’s own convictions.
Amongst many qualities of ‘The Winner’ are star-studded cast (Paweł Szajda, Janusz Gajos, Marta Żmuda-Trzebiatowska, Wojciech Pszoniak, Grażyna Barszczewska, Peter J. Lucas, Robert Gonera), incredible cinematography with shots taken in Poland, USA and Germany as well as an excellent soundtrack where Frederic Chopin compositions are blended with passionate tango and Elvis Presley hits.
We look forward to see you in the cinemas!