During the ceremony of The Polish Academy Awards which took place on the 11th of March in Warsaw, awards were given out in 16 categories to filmmakers and actors.
The beautiful black and white movie “Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski won four awards including, Best Movie and Best Director. It was a critically acclaimed, cinematic masterpiece in reviews all over the world. The film has been very successful in many prestigious international and national festivals (i.e. London Film Festival, Gdynia Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, etc.) So this verdict did not come as a surprise to anybody. “Ida” is Pawlikowski’s first film which he made in his native country and it tells the story of a young novice nun preparing to take her vows in Poland in the era of the 1960’s. Orphaned and raised in the convent, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) has known nothing but Catholicism in her young, pious life. But just before she can take her vows, Anna meets her last living relative, her severe and forthright Aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza). Wanda reveals to her several truths: that Anna’s name is in fact Ida, that her parents were killed during the Great War and that she is in fact Jewish.
The next film is inspired by the real-life tale of a brave boy who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which won 4 awards. “Life Feels Good” by Maciej Pieprzyca tells a story about Mateusz who is considered “a vegetable” by doctors and society. He by all means wants to prove that he is quite the opposite.
“Papusza” by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze is also another film which was awarded in 4 categories. The film is based on the biography of Bronisława Wajs. She was a Polish - Romani classical poet and singer, commonly known by her Romani name Papusza (which means “doll”). She was deemed different from the day she was born by society. A Spirit predicted that she would bring either great honor or great shame to her people. As the film represents it, she essentially did both.
The Best Actress award went to Agata Kulesza for the title "Ida" and the Best Actor award to David Ogrodnik for his touching role in “Life Feels Good”.
The Award for Best European Film surprisingly did not go to the controversial French drama “Blue is the Warmest Color” by Abdellatif Kechiche (the film is also known as “La Vie d’Adele”) as it was expected.
Instead the film “Sugar Man” by Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul won in this category.
It was definitely a good year for Polish cinema.
“Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski
“Papusza” by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
“Life feels good” by Maciej Pieprzyca
"Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski
Paweł Pawlikowski - "Ida"
Maciej Pieprzyca -”Life feels good”
Dawid Ogrodnik -”Life feels good” by Maciej Pieprzyca
Agata Kulesza - "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Arkadiusz Jakubik -”Life feels good” by Maciej Pieprzyca
Anna Nehrebecka -”Life feels good” by Maciej Pieprzyca
Krzysztof Ptak, Wojciech Staroń - "Papusza" by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
"Different world" by Dorota Kędzierzawska
BEST EUROPEAN FILM
"Sugar Man" by Malik Bendjelloul
THE DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
"Girl from the wardrobe” by Bodo Kox
Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz - "Papusza" by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Guillaume Le Bras, Jacek Hamela "Imagine" by
Jarosław Kamiński "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski
Barbara Sikorska-Bouffał "Papusza" by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
Anna Wunderlich - "Papusza" by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
”Life feels good” by Maciej Pieprzyca