'Ida' by Pawel Pawlikowski

Zaza Urushadze wins helming prize

LONDON — Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” won the main prize of the international competition at the 29th Warsaw Film Festival.

The pic centers on a Roman Catholic novice nun, who is an orphan, in 1960s Poland. When she discovers her parents were Jewish, she tries to find out what happened to them during the Nazi occupation.

The jury said: “From the superb combination of script, directing, cinematography, acting and music comes a beautiful and delicate film that portrays a 60s post-war Polish society trying to get past its demons.”

The prize for director went to Zaza Urushadze for “Tangerines,” a Estonia-Georgia co-production.

The jury said: “The director of the film succeeded in telling a simple, yet very powerful story in a manner that created a warm, delicate, sweet and sour world.”

The special jury award was picked up by Uljana Kim and Roberts Vinovskis, the producers of “The Gambler,” directed by Ignas Jonynas. The film is a Lithuania-Latvia co-pro.

The jury said: “From a country where film production is still in its infancy comes a film trying to deal with contemporary issues in its own society. Considering the limited resources, the producer created a vivid world, with a lot of production value.”

AWARDS OF THE 29TH WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
FILM
“Ida,” Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)
DIRECTOR
“Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze (Estonia, Georgia)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
“The Gambler,” Ignas Jonynas (Lithuania, Latvia)

1-2 COMPETITION (FOR A DIRECTOR’S FIRST OR SECOND FILM)
“The Japanese Dog,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu (Romania)
“Alienation,” Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria)

FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION
“Much Better Than You,” Che Sandoval (Chile)

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
“Dirty Wars,” Richard Rowley (U.S.)

FIPRESCI AWARD (DEBUT FROM EASTERN EUROPE)
“Yozgat Blues,” Mahmut Fazil Coskun (Turkey)

ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
“Ida,” Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)

NETPAC AWARD (ASIAN FILM)
“Harmony Lessons,” Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan)

AUDIENCE AWARDS
FEATURE FILMS
“Tangerines” Zaza Urushadze (Estonia, Georgia)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Get the Picture” Cathy Pearson (Ireland)

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