Skolimowski’s Essential Killing triumphs at Eagles
by Dorota Hartwich
Winner of Best Film and Best Director, as well as Best Score (Pawel Mykietyn) and Best Editing (Reka Lemhenyi and Maciej Pawlinski), Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing [+see also:
interview: Jerzy Skolimowski
film profile] dominated the prize list at the 13th Eagle Awards, Polish cinema’s most prestigious accolades. Having already scooped double honours at last year’s Venice Mostra (Special Jury Prize and best Actor, see review), Essential Killing shows that Skolimowski has returned to the forefront after ending 17 years of inactivity with his previous film Four Nights With Anna [+see also:
film profile] (2008).
The Polish Film Academy also awarded four technical prizes to Jan Jakub Kolski’s Venice [+see also:
film profile] (see news), which took Best Cinematography (Artur Reinhart), Best Production Design (Joanna Macha), Best Costume Design (Malgorzata Zacharska) and Best Sound (Jacek Hamela).
Meanwhile, Jacek Borcuch’s All That I Love [+see also:
film profile] (see video interview and news) swept up three awards: Best Screenplay (penned by the director), Discovery of the Year (for actor Mateusz Kosciukiewicz) and the Audience Award.
The Eagle for Best Actress went to Urszula Grabowska for her performance in Feliks Falk’s Joanna [+see also:
film profile] (see news) and Best Actor to Robert Wieckiewicz for Jan Kidawa-Blonski’s Little Rose [+see also:
film profile] (news).
Best European Film Award went, unsurprisingly, to Roman Polanski’s Ghost Writer [+see also:
film profile]. Finally, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tadeusz Chmielewski (born in 1927), who directed cult comedies including Ewa Wants to Sleep (1957), How I Unleashed World War II (1969) and I Hate Monday (1971).
(Translated from French)
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