Ida Wins ASC's Spotlight Award for Cinematography
small, Ida Wins ASC's Spotlight Award for Cinematography, Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska in Ida directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, photo source: Gdynia Film Festival, ida2_7094944.jpg
The inaugural Spotlight award of the American Society of Cinematographers was awarded to Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski for their work on Ida, which was directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.
The idea behind this award is the appreciation of innovative films which are not made for wide release in the United States. Also nominated this year were cinematographers Lee Ping Bin (Taiwan) for Renoir and Camille Cottagnoud (Switzerland) for Winter Nomad.
In previous years other famous Polish cinematographers have also been also nominated in this prestigious competition. In 2011, Wojciech Szepel was nominated for the Motion Picture/Miniseries Television Award for an episode of Any Human Heart and in the following year, Polish-American cinematographer and film director Janusz Kamiński was nominated for the Theatrical Release award for his work on the film Lincoln.
Ida tells the story of a young woman, an orphan brought up by nuns in a convent. Before she decides to take her vows, she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Along with her only living relative, Wanda, she goes back to her home town where her loved ones are buried. There, she finds out that her family was Jewish, and that she was baptised as a child to save her from the Holocaust.
Ida is the first Paweł Pawlikowski film that was made completely in Poland. It has been awarded many prizes, both Polish and international. It received the MEDIA European Talent Prize, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize in the Special Presentations section at the 38th International Film Festival in Toronto, and four awards at the 38th Gdynia Film Festival (the biggest film festival in Poland)– the Golden Lion for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actress for Agata Kulesza (one of the most famous Polish actresses) and Best Art Direction for Katarzyna Sobańska. Ida also won best film at the 29th Warsaw Film Festival, the 57th London Film Festival and the 21st Plus Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography. Ida was also awarded at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón.
Source: pisf.pl, theasc.com, ed. MG, 3.02.2013, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 5.02.2014