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AWARDS Poland

Hatred triumphs at the 2017 Eagles in Poland

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- With eight trophies, Wojciech Smarzowski’s film is the big winner at the annual ceremony for the awards handed out by the Polish Film Academy

Hatred triumphs at the 2017 Eagles in Poland
Wojciech Smarzowski with his Best Film Award (© Polskie Nagrody Filmowe ORŁY)

Widely considered to be the favourite, with its 14 nominations, Hatred [+see also:
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by Wojciech Smarzowski proved the predictions right by winning eight statuettes at the ceremony for the Eagles, the awards handed out each year by the Polish Film Acadmemy. Crowned Best Film of 2016, the feature also emerged victorious in the categories of Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Costumes. It also scooped the Audience Award – for the record, the film has racked up a very impressive box-office result, taking almost 1.5 million admissions.

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The other big winner at this edition of the Eagles was The Last Family [+see also:
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by Jan P Matuszyński, which picked up four major awards: Best Actress (Aleksandra Konieczna), Best Actor (Andrzej Seweryn), Discovery of the Year and Best Screenplay (Robert Bolesto). 

I’m a Killer [+see also:
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by Maciej Pieprzyca was also singled out with the statuettes for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, which were bestowed upon Agata Kulesza and Arkadiusz Jakubik

Also of note was the Special Award for Lifetime Achievement handed to Sylwester Chęciński. Born in 1930, the director made his debut with Story of the Golden Boot (awarded at Venice in 1962) before charming audiences with the comedy Our Folks (1967), the story of two neighbouring families constantly at loggerheads with each other, living in lands annexed by Poland in exchange for the loss of its eastern territories after the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Chęciński is also known for Calls Controlled (1991), the first comedy featuring a story that unfolds during the "state of war" decreed in Poland in 1981, and which betrayed the whole absurdity of it, lampooning the communist political system of the time.

Here is the complete list of winners: 

Best Film
Hatred [+see also:
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- Wojciech Smarzowski

Best Director
Wojciech Smarzowski – Hatred

Best Screenplay
Robert Bolesto - The Last Family [+see also:
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interview: Dawid Ogrodnik
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Best Lead Actress
Aleksandra Konieczna - The Last Family

Best Lead Actor
Andrzej Seweryn - The Last Family

Best Supporting Actress
Agata Kulesza - I’m a Killer [+see also:
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interview: Maciej Pieprzyca
interview: Renata Czarnkowska-Listos a…
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Best Supporting Actor
Arkadiusz Jakubik - I’m a Killer

Discovery of the Year
Jan P Matuszyński - The Last Family

Best Cinematography
Piotr Sobociński – Hatred

Best Editing
Paweł Laskowski – Hatred

Best Costumes
Wanda Kowalska, Pawel Grabarczyk, Magdalena Rutkiewicz-Luterek, Agata Drozdowska – Hatred

Best Sound
Katarzyna Dzida-Hamela, Jacek Hamela – Hatred

Best Score
Mikolaj Trzaska – Hatred

Best Production Design
Marek Zawierucha – Hatred

Best Documentary
Communion [+see also:
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- Anna Zamecka

Best European Film
Son of Saul [+see also:
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interview: László Rajk
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- Laszlo Nemes (Hungary)

Best TV Series
Belfer - Lukasz Palkowski

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(Translated from French)

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