Cold War wins big at the Polish Film Awards
by Ola Salwa
- Paweł Pawlikowski’s period love story received seven gongs, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress
During this year’s Polish Film Awards ceremony, the most frequently used words were “cold” “war” and “success”. TV personality and film expert Grażyna Torbicka, who hosted the evening, as well as several other presenters and recipients, stressed that Polish cinema is doing great on both a local and an international level. Proof of this can be found in the myriad accolades for Cold War [+see also:
Q&A: Pawel Pawlikowski
film profile] at Cannes, the European Film Awards and, last but not least, the Oscars (Paweł Pawlikowski’s film received three nominations), and the growing number of admissions to local productions, including a record-breaking box-office result for Clergy [+see also:
interview: Wojciech Smarzowski
film profile] by Wojciech Smarzowski (with over 5.5 million tickets sold).
Furthermore, these two titles – Cold War and Clergy – received seven and four Polish Film Awards (also known as the “Eagles”), respectively. Unsurprisingly, Smarzowski’s film received the Audience Award, while Cold War won Best Film. Clergy also triumphed in the following categories: Best Actor (Jacek Braciak), Best Supporting Actor (Janusz Gajos) and Best Music (Mikołaj Trzaska).
Cold War snatched most of the prizes singling out the work of individuals: Best Director (Pawlikowski), Best Screenplay (Pawlikowski and Janusz Głowacki), Best Actress (Joanna Kulig), Best Cinematography (Łukasz Żal), Best Editing (Jarosław Kamiński) and Best Sound (Maciej Pawłowski, Mirosław Makowski).
Filip Bajon’s period drama The Butler [+see also:
film profile] won two awards: Best Costumes (Małgorzata Braszka, Ewa Krauze, Małgorzata Gwiazdecka and Izabela Stronias) and Best Production Design (Zbigniew Dalecki and Paweł Jarzębski), while Janusz Kondratiuk’s A Cat with a Dog [+see also:
film profile] was crowned with the Best Supporting Actress Award (Aleksandra Konieczna). Best Documentary was deemed to be The Prince and The Dybbuk [+see also:
film profile] by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski, while Krzysztof Skonieczny’s Blinded by the Lights was voted Best TV Series. Accomplished actress Gabriela Muskała won the Discovery of the Year Award for the script for Fugue [+see also:
interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
film profile], while the UK-US production Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
film profile] was voted Best European Film.
As usual, the ceremony provided an opportunity to bring up important issues for the industry – such as the need to include make-up designers among the recipients of the Polish Film Awards. Some artists emphasised the importance of diversity, referring to the current public debate on women and LGBT rights. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Krzysztof Zanussi said in his acceptance speech that people don’t have dreams any more and that “we should dream that the world is inhabited by beautiful and noble people, whom we can then tell apt stories about”.
The Polish Film Awards were presented for the 21st time this year. Here is the full list of winners:
Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War
Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki – Cold War
Joanna Kulig – Cold War
Best Supporting Actor
Janusz Gajos – Clergy
Maciej Pawłowski, Mirosław Makowski – Cold War
Łukasz Żal – Cold War
Jarosław Kamiński – Cold War
Mikołaj Trzaska – Clergy
Best Production Design
Zbigniew Dalecki, Paweł Jarzębski – The Butler
Clergy – Wojciech Smarzowski
Discovery of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Best TV Show
Blinded by the Lights – Krzysztof Skonieczny
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