Ida Wins Five European Film Awards
small, Ida Wins Five European Film Awards, Still from Paweł Pawlikowski's "Ida", 2013. Pictured: Agata Trzebuchowska, photo: CAP/NFS / Forum, ida_forum_.jpg
It was Ida's night. At the 27th European Film Awards ceremony, Ida took home 5 awards, making it the biggest winner of the evening – Best Director, Best Screenplay for Paweł Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Best Cinematography – Prix Carlo di Palma for Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski, and above all: Best Film and the People's Choice Award.
Europe's top cinema gala took place on December 13th in Riga. Ida was nominated in four categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Script.
Ida – Europe's Best Film
Paweł Pawlikowski's film exceeded all expectations when it took home Europe's most prestigious honour – the Best Film Award. The film was up against Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure, Leviathan by one of the most talented contemporary Russian directors – Andrey Zvyagintsev, and Lars Van Trier's Nymphomaniac Director's Cut Volumes I & II, as well as Winter Sleep by a leading figure in contemporary Turkish cinema – Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Paweł Pawlikowski's work also won the People's Choice Award for best European film of 2014, the only honour voted on by European cinema-goers. Agata Kulesza and the film's producers Ewa Puszczyńska and Piotr Dzięcioł from Opus Film were there to pick up the award.
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Pawlikowski – Europe Best Director and Screenwriter
Pawlikowski was present in Riga and received the award from Liv Ulmman. Among Pawlikowski's competitors were Andrey Zvyagintsev, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Steven Knight, Paolo Virtzi and Ruben Östlund.
The Best Screenwriter award was given to both Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Runners-up in the category were the writers of Locke, Leviathan, and Winter Sleep.
Two Polish actresses were present in the Best Actress category: Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska, both nominated for their role in Ida. The award went to Marion Cotillard for her part in Two Days, One Night by the Dardenne brothers.
Ida taking the film world by storm
Ida is a regular at film award ceremonies. In the last couple of months, Paweł Pawlikowski's black and white drama has already received a couple of dozen awards at international film festivals. In recent weeks, industry magazines and websites have been placing it highly in yearly rankings. The director of the Polish Films Institute, Agnieszka Odorowicz says:
This intimate film answers universal questions and shows that difficult and painful issues can be talked about in a whisper which reaches hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world. In the last months the creators of Ida have received several, well-deserved awards, enthusiastic reviews from critics and recognition from viewers around the world. The film has been sold to over 50 countries and it found its place in rankings of the best productions of 2014.
Pawlikowski's film is Polish cinema's biggest international success in recent decades. In France, almost 500 thousand viewers have seen Ida, in Italy over 100 thousand and in Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain, tens of thousands of viewers each. In America, the film has been one of the biggest non-English language hits, drawing over 460 thousand viewers to the cinemas.
The European Oscars, and what's next?
Since 1988, the European Film Academy has been awarding the European Film Awards in different categories. The academy is based in Berlin and brings together around 3 thousand representatives of the film industry, among them famous directors. The EFA is headed by the German director Wim Wenders and chaired by Agnieszka Holland. The awards are given out every year – in Berlin on odd years, and in different European capitals on even years.
Following its success at the European Film Awards and with a Golden Globe nomination in hand, Ida is up for more awards on December 15th. The film holds nominations in four categories from the Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Film, Best Supporting Actress for Agata Kulesza, Best Cinematography for Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski and Most Promising Performer for Agata Trzebuchowska.
Full list of European Film Award winners here.
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Author: Bartosz Staszczyszyn, translator: MJ 14/12/2014
Sources: EFA website, Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Chicago