The Winner (Polish: Wygrany) is a 2011 American-Polish co-production written and directed by Wieslaw Saniewski and starring Pawel Szajda, Janusz Gajos,Wojciech Pszoniak and Marta Żmuda-Trzebiatowska.
Film tells a story of Oliver (played by Pawel Szajda, "Under the Tuscan Sun" and HBO's "Generation Kill") who is a young and talented pianist. When his life and promising career suddenly collapse, he finds an unexpected help in a retired math teacher, now a compulsive horse race gambler (played by Janusz Gajos).
The Winner was filmed in Chicago, German town Baden-Baden and Polish city of Wroclaw and Lądek Zdrój. Film's soundtrack includes music of Chopin, three Elvis Presley's songs and tango.
Directed by: Wiesław Saniewski
Written by: Wieslaw Saniewski
DOP: Piotr Kukla, Piotr Sobocinski
Photographic equipment: D35
Color Grading (digital): Marcin Kryjom, Martyna Laskowska D35