Ida triumphs at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida was the big winner of the 27th European Film Awards. The award ceremony was held in Riga tonight and more than 3000 professionals participated in the voting process. Ida which is also nominated for the Foreign Language Golden Globe, has received the European Film Award and People’s Choice Award for Best European Film. Also Pawlikowski was awarded as Best Director and Best Screenwriter. As it was expected the excellent cinematography by Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski received the Prix Carlo Di Palma for Best Cinematography.
Strangely none of the two leading actress of Ida were awarded for their performances. Instead of that Marion Cotillard for her low key role in Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne was awarded as Best Actress. Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner in Mike Leigh’s homonymous biopic was the winner of Best Actor.
The Italian hit comedy The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate) directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto aka Pif was awarded as the Best European Comedy. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s debut feature film The Tribe (Plemya) that has gained attention in every film festival that participated won the award of European Discovery – Prix Fipresci. The controversial documentary on the bankers who are the real Masters of the Universe by Marc Bauder was the Best European Documentary. The Italian animation feature film The Art of Happiness (L’arte della felicità) by Alessandro Rak is the Best European Animated Film and Una Gunjak’s The Chicken is the Best European Short Film.
On the technical awards, the Alpine western, The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal) by Andreas Prochaska has received the awards for Best Production Designer (Claus-Rudolf Amler) and Best Costume Designer (Natascha Curtius-Noss). Justine Wright received the award of European Editor for Steven Knight’s Locke. Mica Levi’s haunting score for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin has been awarded as Best Composer and Joakim Sundström received the Best Sound Designer award for David Mackenzie’s drama Starred Up.
Finally the acclaimed French filmmaker, Agnès Varda has received the special European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and Steve McQueen the European Achievement in World Cinema.