Maciej Sobieszczanski’s BROTHER wins XIV Kieslowski Award

The XIV Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast award was presented to Maciej Sobieszczański and co-writer Grzegorz Puda in an online live ceremony. Pavo Marinkovic’s JIMMY L. received a special mention.

Maciej Sobieszczański has many international awards to his name, including the Think: The Award at Berlinale 2015. His last film, THE RECONCILIATION, received an award in the First Look section of the Locarno International Film Festival and for best directing at the Montreal IFF in 2017.

BROTHER is an emotive study of a sibling relationship under immense strain. According to the Artistic Board, which determines the winner of the Award, the winning script “stood apart as a work of exceptional emotional impact, depicting the realistic and universal story of one family’s dramatic struggles. Caught between divided loyalties at home, the main character must come to terms with the disappointment of first love and his hopes for a better life.”

The Artistic Board also awarded a Special Mention to Pavo Marinković, the award-winning Croatian screenwriter and director, for the project JIMMY L. As emphasized by the Board, the project “shines a light on a complex time in the muddled history of Eastern and Central Europe. The screenwriter has managed to navigate a way through the chaos of war and present an engrossing account, based on truth, of an outsider struggling to follow his vocation while confronting racial prejudice and constantly shifting political allegiances.”

The Artistic Board is composed of renowned filmmakers with immense experience: Doreen Boonekamp (former head of the Dutch Film Fund), Sandy Lieberson (long-time head of 20th Century Fox), Antonio Saura (producer and head of the sales agency Latido), Manfred Schmidt (former head of one of the most significant German film funds, MDM), Simon Perry (former head of ACE – European Producers Club) and heads of studies Christian Routh and Tom Abrams.