The Winner

Wygrany, 2011, 110 min.

The Winner (2011)

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Orenburg International Film Festival, Russia
Pawel Szajda – Sarmatian Lion for Best Actor


Director Wieslaw Saniewski
Screenplay Wieslaw Saniewski
Cinematography Piotr Kukla, Piotr Sobocinski Jr.
Music Carlos Libedinsky
Art Director Grazyna Molska
Producer Grazyna Molska
Oliver Linovsky Pawel Szajda
Frank Goretzky Janusz Gajos
Professor Karloff Wojciech Pszoniak
Mrs. Linovsky Grazyna Barszczewska
Kornelia Marta Zmuda Trzebiatowska
Max Runyon Wenanty Nosul
Jack Goretzky, Frank’s Son Andrzej Krukowski
Frank’s Granddaughter Anna Podolak
Jowita Adelajda Konieczna
Maurice Boisset Peter J. Lucas

Oliver (Pawel Szajda) is a talented young pianist of Polish American heritage. After breaking off his European tournée, he is forced to repay the tour organizers 250 thousand Euros. On his journey, he meets the very colorful character of (Janusz Gajos) – a retired high school math teacher and a great enthusiast of the horse races. He dreams of returning to America as a “somebody,” but can only do so after wining a momentous prize. From then on the two friends endeavor to gain success. They discover true friendship. Together they fulfill Frank’s dream of winning at the horse races, which in turn allows Oliver to buy back his personal freedom. Having recovered from a dramatically ended marriage, the young man is able to open up to a new love.