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2007 Eagles bring no surprises

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2007 Eagles bring no surprises

It seemed like a repeat of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival at the 2007 Eagles (Poland’s top film awards) ceremony yesterday evening.

The event threw up no surprises, with Saviour Square [+see also:
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taking the top honours. Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze’s film took four of the major awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress (Jowita Budnik and Ewa Wencel respectively).

This was not Krauze’s first time at the Eagles, having won Best Screenplay (Jerzy Morawski) and Best Director for his film The Debt in 2000.

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However, in terms of statuettes won, Jan Jakub Kolski’s Jasminum beat out Saviour Square with its six prizes: Best Actor (Janusz Gajos), Best Cinematography (Krzysztof Ptak), Best Music (Zygmunt Konieczny), Best Set Design (Joanna Doroszkiewicz), Best Costume Design (Ewa Helman-Szczerbic), and – as Kolski emphasised – the most prestigious of all, the Audience Award.

Another highly recognised title was Marek Koterski’s We’re All Christs, which won Best Editing (Ewa Smal) and Best Screenplay (Koterski).

Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver [+see also:
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interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
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(see Focus) predictably took Best European Film of 2007.

The Award for Best Lifetime Achievement went to distinguished DoP Witold Sobociński, who has worked on over 40 films (notably by Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Jerzy Kawalerowicz and Roman Polański) and will soon celebrate his 80th birthday.

The cinematography maestro received his prize from Minister of Culture Kazimierz Ujazdowski to a standing ovation.

The Winners

Best Film
Saviour Square [+see also:
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Best Director
Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze - Saviour Square

Best Actor
Janusz Gajos - Jasminum

Best Actress
Jowita Budnik - Saviour Square

Best Screenplay
Marek Koterski - We’re All Christs

Best Cinematography
Krzysztof Ptak - Jasminum

Audience Prize
Jasminum

Best Supporting Male Role
Krzysztof Kiersznowski - Statyści

Best Supporting Female
Ewa Wencel - Saviour Square

Best Score
Zygmunt Konieczny - Jasminum

Best Set Design
Joanna Doroszkiewicz - Jasminum

Best Costume Design
Ewa Helman Szczerbic - Jasminum

Best Editing
Ewa Smal - We’re All Christs

Best Sound
Jacek Hamela - Jasminum

Best European Film
Volver [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
film profile
]
- Pedro Almodóvar

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(Translated from French)

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