Ida sweeps the European Film Awards

Pawel Pawlikowski at Efa

The 27th edition of the European Film Awards, which took place on Saturday in Riga, the European Capital of Culture, turned out to be assuredly Polish... and LUX Prize-friendly.


Pawel Pawlikowski's LUX Prize 2014 finalist Ida triumphed with no less than five awards. The movie won the two most important prizes: Best Film and Best Director for Pawlikowski. The Polish-born London-based filmmaker also took home the Best Screenwriter Award (for a script co-written with Rebecca Lenkiewicz). And Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski were named Best Cinematographers for his astounding work in the film's visuals.


Ida also won the People’s Choice Award, an award with which the film joins Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist and Pablo Berger's Blancanieves, a list of critically acclaimed films that have also received the audience's fervent support, proving once and for all that today’s viewers are certainly not averse to black and white.


The Polish hit won every prize it was nominated for, except in the Best Actress category – in which both leads, Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska, were beat by Two Days, One Night's Marion Cotillard. After his triumph, Pawlikowski congratulated his fellow nominees in a humorous way: "Thank you for being losers this time."


Now, only four days after the European Film Awards ceremony, the LUX Prize Award ceremony will take place. Ida will struggle for the prize against Céline Sciamma's Girlhood and Rok Bicek's Class Enemy on Wednesday noon, 17 December, in Strasbourg. Have you placed your bets yet?


Photo: European Film Awards