Poles Win Big at the European Film Awards 2018!
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Paweł Pawilikowski’s Cold War takes home five EFA awards. Pawlikowski, Damian Nenow and Joanna Kulig win big at the 31st European Film Awards on 15th December 2018.
Cold War: Best European Film
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Cold War was in the main race for the 31st European Film Awards and received a total of five nominations. In November 2018, Jarosław Kamiński won the EFA for European Editor. During the award ceremony in Seville on 15th December, the film scooped up four more awards: Paweł Pawlikowski won the Best Director award and the statuette for European Screenplay; Joanna Kulig won the prize for Best Actress, which Pawlikowski accepted on her behalf; and Cold War was named the Best European Film.
Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, Ali Abbasi’s Border, Alice Rohrwaher’s Happy as Lazarro, Lukas Dhonta’s Girl were also in the running for Best European Film.
Poland Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Poland Wins at the European Film Awards 2017
Joanna Kulig: Best Actress
Joining Joanna Kulig competed in the race for best actress with Eva Melander (Border), Alba Rohrwaher (Happy as Lazarro), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Woman at War), Bárbara Lennie (Petra) as well as Marie Bäumer (3 Days in Quiberon). Kulig won for masterfully portraying the young singer Zula, madly in love with the older musical director Wiktor, played by Tomasz Kot.
Kot competed for the best actor award with Sverrir Gudnason (Borg/McEnroe), Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince), Jakob Cedergren, (The Guilty), Victor Polster (Girl) and Marcello Fonte (Dogman). In the end, Marcello Fonte’s performance in Dogman was recognised by the European Film Awards’ jury.
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A love story behind the Iron Curtain
Still from the film Cold War directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, 2018, depicted: Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot, photo: Łukasz Bąk/Kino Świat
Cold War is a black and white tale that spans the decades of Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor’s (Tomasz Kot) tumultuous love story. Coming together and falling apart, through the post-war era in rural Poland, through 1960s France, all the way to Yugoslavia. It’s a love story about people who are bound together, yet, at the same time, can’t stand to be together. This poetic film quickly captured the hearts of viewers in Poland and became smash hit at international film festivals.
As noted in the Culture.pl review:
'Cold War' is like a film poem weaved of semitones and yearning (…). Pawlikowski incessantly balances between melodramatic sentimentalism and sharp wit, between a fable of unfulfilment and yearning and a historical fresco about the epoch during which even feelings were enslaved. 'Cold War' is a triumph of film poetry over the prose of the screen – a crystal clear, excellently conceived and executed story about impossible love, rootlessness and longing.
Another Day of Life: Best Animated Feature
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Another Day of Life, directed by Polish director Damian Nenow and Raul de la Fuente received the Best Animated Feature award. Nenow and de la Fuente’s animated documentary about Angolan Civil War is one of the most original animated films of the past year.
The film is based on renowned Polish reportage writer and journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s record of his three-month long journey through Angola during its civil war in 1975.
Adriana Prodeus of Poland’s leading film website Filmweb wrote:
After the screening, you will feel the urge to come back to Kapuściński’s novels, to read them again or for the first time. I bet that you will hum one of the songs from the films catchy soundtrack. Although, you might be, as they said during Angolan war, a bit of ‘confusao’. Yet, as the film protagonists insist confusion can be an enriching experience.
The other nominees for the Best Animated Feature award were Alexandre Espigare’s White Fang, Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner and Early Man by Nick Park, who is one of the biggest stars of contemporary animated films.
A complete list of European Film Awards nominees can be found here.
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