Gods is triumphant at the Eagles
by Dorota Hartwich
- Lukasz Palkowski’s film has walked away with seven trophies at the annual ceremony that serves to acknowledge Polish productions
Following its hugely successful run in theatres (taking the top spot at the 2014 box office, with its 2.1 million admissions), Gods [+see also:
film profile] by Lukasz Palkowski stole the limelight yesterday at the Eagles ceremony (the awards handed out by the Polish Film Academy) by snagging seven trophies: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Tomasz Kot), Best Screenplay (Krzysztof Rak), Best Cinematography (Piotr Sobocinski), Best Supporting Actor (Piotr Glowacki) and the Audience Award. Produced by Watchout, the movie recounts the true story of doctor Zbigniew Religa, who successfully performed Poland’s first heart transplant.
Four statuettes went to Warsaw 44 [+see also:
interview: Zofia Wichlacz
film profile] by Jan Komasa, which won for Best Editing (Michal Czarnecki), Best Production Design (Grzegorz Piatkowski and Marek Warszewski), Best Costumes (Magdalena Rutkiewicz-Luterek and Dorota Roqueplo) and the Award for Discovery of the Year (for actress Zofia Wichlacz). Interestingly, Jan Komasa also stood out with another of his films, as he won the Best Documentary Award for Warsaw Uprising.
The real loser of the evening was Jack Strong [+see also:
film profile] by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, which only won a single Eagle (for Maja Ostaszewska, who was crowned Best Actress), despite it being nominated in 11 categories.
Lastly, the Best Supporting Actress Award was bestowed upon Kinga Preis for The Mighty Angel [+see also:
film profile] by Wojtek Smarzowski; the Best Music Award went to A Dream of Warsaw by Krzysztof Magowski, which tells the story of the life of singer and composer Czeslaw Niemen (who passed away in 2004); and Leviathan [+see also:
film profile] by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev bagged the Best European Film Award.
(Translated from French)