Film on 1920 Soviet war scoops top award at Polish Film festival US

‘Portrait of the Past 1920’, directed by Robert Wichrowski (pictured) and produced by Piotr Mikołajczak, won the 2020 Golden Teeth of Camera award for most interesting documentary. Marcin Kmieciński/PAP

A film exploring the history of the 1920 Polish-Bolshevik war has picked up one of the top awards at the 32nd Polish Film festival in America.

‘Portrait of the Past 1920’, directed by Robert Wichrowski and produced by Piotr Mikołajczak, won the 2020 Golden Teeth of Camera award for most interesting documentary.

Meanwhile the award for the best fiction film went to ‘Icarus’, which was based on the life of Mieczysław Kosz, a brilliant and blind classical pianist who died aged 29.

Speaking about documentary award, Mikołajczak said ‘Icarus’ had faced tough competition.

"We are very surprised because we didn’t expect that the subject of the Polish-Bolshevik war could be interesting for the American jury," he told PAP. "And the competition was very strong this year, only to mention a movie about Marek Edelman and the Jewish Resistance in the ghetto during WWII."

"The movie is based on materials that have been collected over several years around the world, mainly in Russia, the US and a couple of European countries. These materials have never been shown before," he continued.

The Polish Film Festival in America is recognised as one of the most extensive annual showcases of Polish film. Established in 1989, its aim is to promote Polish film making in North America, screening over 70 feature films, documentaries and short films in an event attended by 35,000 movie enthusiasts from the world over.