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25 Years of Innocence

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25 Years of Innocence

Program type: feature film
Running time: 112'
Original title: 25 lat niewinności. Sprawa Tomka Komendy

"25 years of Innocence.” The Case of Tomek Komenda - Jan Holoubek's directorial debut - is a moving sensational drama based on real events that lived throughout Poland. This is a story about the life of Tomasz Komenda - a young man wrongly sentenced to 25 years in prison for rape and murder of a teenager. The filmmakers try to find answers to the questions that still bother everyone today. How could this have happened? Why did an innocent man have to wait 18 years in a cell for justice?


Tomasz Komenda was 23 years old when his normal life was brutally interrupted. Overnight he was arrested, thrown into prison and charged with murder. Subsequent expert opinions confirmed his participation in the crime, and any evidence was against him. For nearly two decades in prison, he was beaten, intimidated, humiliated and on his own. Finally, after 18 years of imprisonment, prosecutors and a policeman appeared on his way, who decided to discover the truth behind the mysterious case of the detainee.


The story of Tomasz Komenda was the subject of the famous TVN report by Grzegorz Głuszak, awarded with the MediaTory award. According to the research conducted by Wirtualna Polska, as many as 89% of Poles heard about the case of an unjustly imprisoned man and to this day it is considered one of the most disgraceful pages in the history of the Polish judiciary. "25 years of Innocence.” The Case of Tomek Komenda is a moving story about the steadfastness of the human spirit, perseverance and the strength that lies in the family. A story full of tension and strong, expressive characters, created according to the best Western models. Showing unknown threads and shedding new light on the events that led to Tomek’s conviction and acquittal.

 

Produced in 2020

 

AWARDS:

24. POFF Black Nights International Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia 2020: First Feature Competition:

Ø Special Jury Prize #1

Camerimage International Film Festival 2020, Poland: Category Polish Competition:

Ø Special Mention

Ø Best Debut Director Award

The Gdynia Film Festival 2020, Poland:

Ø INDIVIDUAL AWARD FOR DIRECTOR'S DEBUT for Jan Holoubek

Ø FIRST MALE ROLE AWARD for Piotr Trojan

Ø SPECIAL AWARD OF POLISH FESTIVALS ABROAD for Agata Kulesza for acting

FESTIVAL NUOVO CINEMA EUROPA 2020 Genoa, Italy:

Ø BEST DIRECTOR'S DEBUT

Ø UniGen Jury Prize

Film Debuts Festival "Youth and Film" 2020, Poland:

Ø THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE FEATURE FILM

Ø JANTAR 2020 for photos - Bartłomiej Kaczmarek

Ø JANTAR 2020 for the main male role - Piotr Trojan

Ø JANTAR 2020 for the script - Andrzej Gołda

Ø JANTAR 2020 them. Stanisław Różewicz for directing - Jan Holoubek

Polish Society Of Cinematographers 2021, Poland:

Ø BEST PICTURES IN A FEATURE FILM - Bartłomiej Kaczmarek

35th Tarnow Film Award, held since 1987 in Tarnów, 06/2020, Poland:

Ø Audience Award "Publica"

Polish Film Awards Eagles 2021 (Polish Film Academy) 06/2021

Ø Discovery of the Year: Jan Holoubek

Ø Best Director: Jan Holoubek

Ø Best female lead role: Agata Kulesza

Ø Best Male Lead Role: Piotr Trojan

Ø Best Supporting Male Role: Jan Frycz

Ø Best make-up: Liliana Gałązka and Mirela Zawiszewska

Ø Best editing: Rafał Listopad

Ø Discovery of the Year: Jan Holoubek

Weronika Migoń Award for Best Casting Director, 06/2020, Poland:

Ø Best Casting Director - Żywia Kosińska-Wdowiak