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Polish director’s first Polish film wins him the second national grand prix

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- Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida collects the main awards at the Warsaw International Film Festival

Polish director’s first Polish film wins him the second national grand prix
Pawel Pawlikowski

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s first feature made in his native Poland, Ida [+see also:
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, received the Grand Prix of the 29th Warsaw International Film Festival, which ended Sunday (October 20). “From a superb combination of script, directing, cinematography, acting and music comes a beautiful and delicate film that portrays a post-war Polish society, trying to get past its demons,” said the jury of the international competition.

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Traditionally, award ceremonies are not long in Warsaw – last year it took 21 minutes to distribute 14 prizes – but Saturday at the MultiKino 2 it exceeded 40 minutes: festival director Stefan Laudyn waited for Polish actress Agata Kulesza – who plays the lead in Ida – to arrive from Warsaw’s Ateneum Theatre, where she performs in Merylin Mongol. Kulesza accepted the award on behalf of Pawlikowski, who at the same time was presented with the top prize of the 57th BFI London Film Festival at London’s Banqueting House.

Last month (September), Ida cleared the table at Poland’s 38th Gdynia International Film Festival, with Grand Prix-Golden Lions for Pawlikowski (Best Film), Ewa Puszczyńska and Piotr Dzięcioł as producers, and a Silver Lion for Kulesza (Best Actress). At the film’s international premiere during the 38th Toronto Film Festival, it won the international critics’ FIPRESCI award. Pawlikowski, who has made his previous films while living in the UK, also added Warsaw’s Ecumenical Prize to his honours, which was picked up by producer Puszczynska.

FULL LIST OF WARSAW AWARDS

International Competition:

Warsaw Grand Prix
Ida - Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland).

Best Director
Zaza Urushadze, for Tangerines [+see also:
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  (Estonia/Georgia).

Special Jury Award
Producers Uljana Kim, Roberts Vinovkis, for Ignar Jonynas’ The Gambler [+see also:
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(Lithuania-Latvia)

1-2 Competition:
The Japanese Dog [+see also:
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 - Tudor Cristian Jurgiu (Romania), Alienation [+see also:
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 - Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria), ex aequo

Free Spirit Competition:
Much Better Than You - Ché Sandoval (Chile)

Documentary Competition:
Dirty Wars - Richard Rowley (US)

Short Film Competition:

Warsaw Grand Prix:
Pandas - Matús Vizár (Czech Republic-Slovakia).

Best Animated Short
Hasta Santiago - Mauro Carraro (Switzerland-France)

Best Live Action Short
White Valley - Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson (Iceland)

FIPRESCI Award
Yozgat Blues [+see also:
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 - Mahmut Fazil Coskun (Turkey)

Ecumenical Jury Award
Ida

NETPAC Award
Harmony Lessons [+see also:
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 - Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan)

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