Films produced and co-produced by TVP at the Prix Europa and Golden Prague
Polish public broadcaster TVP’s feature film “Marusarz: Tatra Eagle” (“Marusarz – Tatrzański orzeł”) and two documentaries co-produced by TVP “Lebanon: Explosion of Wrath” (“Lebanon. Wybuch gniewu”) and “Chopin: I Am Not Afraid of Darkness” (“Chopin. Nie boję się ciemności”) were among the nominees of the two prestigious international television production festivals Prix Europa and Golden Prague.
The feature film produced by TVP entitled “Marusarz: Tatra Eagle”, directed by Marek Bukowski, won a nomination for the European competition for television, radio and Internet productions Prix Europa 2022 in the “TV Fiction” category. The film tells the life story of legendary Polish ski jumper Stanisław Marusarz, whose phenomenal career was cut short by World War II.
The Polish ‘king of skis’, multiple pre-war Polish ski jumping champion and runner-up in Lahti in 1938, was a courier for the underground state during the war. He rose to fame as the hero of one of the most famous German prison escapes from the Nazi Gestapo in Krakow. The film, which premiered in 2021, stars, among others: Mateusz Janicki (in the title role), Marta Wisniewska (in the role of Marusarz’s sister Helena, later a talented skier, a participant in the Resistance Movement, assassinated by the Nazis in 1941), Mateusz Bożek, Janka Cholewa and Robert Czebotar.
Lebanon: outburst of anger
Another Polish work awarded in the Prix Europa 2022 competition is the documentary “Lebanon: Explosion of Anger”, directed by Krzysztof Dzięciołowski, nominated in the category “Television documentary film”.
The film depicts the situation in Lebanon, which is on the brink of economic and political collapse. The starting point of the story is a major disaster – a chemical explosion in Beirut in the summer of 2020, which destroyed half the city and killed and injured hundreds of people. The explosion is the culmination of the chronic political chaos, corruption and crisis that has gripped the country. The film was co-produced by TVP and Vision House Productions.
Chopin: I am not afraid of darkness
The documentary film “Chopin: I’m Not Afraid of Darkness”, directed by Joanna Kaczmarek, was nominated in the “Documentary Program” category at the 59th Golden Prague International Television Festival. The documentary weaves together the stories of three exceptional pianists, the Polish Leszek Możdżer, the Korean Won Jae-Yeon and the Syrian, half-Polish immigrant Fares, who, besides their passion for Chopin’s music, are united by the historical experiences difficulties of the countries from which they come. of.
The protagonists prepare for special concerts in places historically marked by the greatest suffering of humanity: in the former German Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau, near the border with dictatorial North Korea and in the center of Beirut, right after the port explosion there. These are places that need healing. The music that will resonate there is not only intended to cross the borders between cultures, but also to heal wounds.
The film was produced by InbornMedia and Play Button Media in co-production with TVP, the National Cultural Center and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Golden Prague is an internationally renowned festival, organized by Czech public television and entirely dedicated to television productions with artistic themes.
The festival enjoys a worldwide reputation as the annual meeting place for the television industry, where experts and the public have the opportunity to discover the best dance, theater and music documentaries, recordings of concerts and stage productions, as well as meeting directors, producers, actors, singers and dancers in person. This year will mark the 59th edition of the festival.
The Prix Europa is an important competition for European television, radio and internet productions. It has been around since 1987. This year’s Prix Europa competition will take place October 23-29 in Potsdam.