Quo Vadis, Aida? voted best film at the Polish Film Awards

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– Jasmila Žbanić’s film, a minority co-production with Poland, won an impressive number of awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing

The winners of this year’s Polish Film Awards (© Piotr Molęcki/East News)

The Polish Film Awards (also known as Eagles) are as international as it gets this year, as the top three awards – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay – went to Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
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by Jasmila Žbanic. The film was co-produced by ten countries, including Poland – established producer Ewa Puszczynska (Ida [+see also:
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, Cold War [+see also:
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) was on board as the project’s Polish partner. In her moving acceptance speech, she said she noticed that people were getting used to the war in Ukraine, just as they once got used to the war in the former Yugoslavia, and that shouldn’t happen. She pleaded for people not to get used to the evil being perpetrated in the world.

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The Polish crew of Quo Vadis, Aida? editor included Jaroslaw Kaminski, which won the award in its category. Although the artistic merit of Žbanić’s film is undisputed, the decision by members of the Polish Film Academy raised some eyebrows, as local interest in the other hopefuls was strong across all categories. Previously, only one non-Polish language film won the top prize – The pianist [+see also:
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by Roman Polański. This historic victory Quo Vadis, Aida? could be a good indicator of the international impact and importance of Polish industry and Polish filmmakers in the European market.

Another international angle, which was repeated at the Polish Film Awards gala, was the support for Ukraine expressed by many presenters and winners. The Polish Film Academy also paid tribute to Ukrainian filmmakers who lost their lives during the war, and a special video message from Oleh Sentsovincluding the last two films Rhinoceros [+see also:
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and Numbers [+see also:
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were co-produced with Poland, was screened. Also, costume designer Dorota Roqueplowho won an eagle for his work on Magnesia [+see also:
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reminded those present of the refugee crisis that has been raging on the Polish-Belarusian border since autumn 2021.

Magnesia also won the award for best makeup (for Waldemar Pokromski and Agnieszka Hodowana), while two Eagles went to Back to those daysfor Best Actor (Maciej Stuhrgiving, as he said, his most important performance) and the best music (Marcin Masecki). Wojciech Smarzowskithe drama Wedding day [+see also:
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earned him the Audience Award and Best Cinematography (for Piotr Sobocinski Jrwho won an Eagle last year for his work on I never cry [+see also:
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).

Apart from these, all the nominated films won one award each: my wonderful life [+see also:
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voted best actress (Agata Buzek), Back then [+see also:
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Best Supporting Actress (Ewa Wiśniewska), Sonata [+see also:
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Best sound (Arthur Kuczkowski, Tomasz Sikora), The balcony movie [+see also:
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by Paweł Łozinski best documentary, and autumn girl Best Production Design (Wojciech Żogala). Seasoned cinematographer Lukasz Gutt was voted best new talent for co-directing Fearsand Jan Holoubekis produced by Netflix Mire’97 won the award for best television series.

The leave no trace [+see also:
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the team probably had the bitterest pill to swallow because out of 13 nominations, the film only won one – for Best Supporting Actor (Jacek Braciak). In addition, Jerzy Skolimowskiwho recently won the Cannes Jury Prize for eo [+see also:
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received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Malgorzata Szumowskawhich also contributed to the international atmosphere of the gala.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best film
Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
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Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Austria/Germany/France/Netherlands/Norway/Poland/Romania/Turkey/Montenegro)

Best Director
Jasmila Žbanic – Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Screenplay
Jasmila Žbanic – Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Actress
Agata Buzek – my wonderful life [+see also:
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interview: Łukasz Grzegorzek
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Best actor
Maciej Stuhr – Back to those days

Best Supporting Actress
Ewa Wiśniewska Back then [+see also:
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Best Supporting Actor
Jacek Braciak– leave no trace [+see also:
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(Poland/France/Czech Republic)

best sound
Artur Kuczkowski, Tomasz Sikora– Sonata [+see also:
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Best Cinematography
Piotr Sobocinski Jr – Wedding day [+see also:
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(Poland/Latvia)

Best Editing
Jaroslaw Kaminski – Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Music
Marcin Masecki – Back to those days

Best Costumes
Dorota Roqueplo Magnesia [+see also:
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best makeup
Waldemar Pokromski, Agnieszka Hodowana – Magnesia

Best Production Design
Wojciech Żogala – autumn girl

Audience Award
The wedding Day -Wojciech Smarzowski

Best Documentary
The balcony movie [+see also:
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Paweł Łozinski

discovery of the year
Łukasz Gutt – co-director of Fears

Life Achievement Award
Jerzy Skolimowski

Best European Film
another round [+see also:
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– Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands)

Best TV Sseries
Mire’97 – Jan Holoubek

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