In honor of the 30th anniversary of European Film Awards, European Film Academy organized a vote, in which people could select the best European film among the winners of past editions.
Paweł Pawlikowski's Academy Award-winning Ida have won with 29 percent of all votes. The second place was taken by A Short Film About Killing by Krzysztof Kieślowski (14 pct.) – the winner of the first edition of EFA in 1988. Other contenders included films such as Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, Haneke's The White Ribbon and Amour, Almodóvar's Everything About My Mother, Benigni's Life is Beautiful and last year's winner, Ade's Toni Erdmann. Strong Polish presence was furthered by Ghost Writer by Roman Polański. The audience could vote on EFA's Facebook page since mid-July till midnight of the 1st of September. This year's European Film Awards gala will take place on the 9th of December in Berlin.
Early August, Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War has been given the last clapperboard. Paweł Pawlikowski is not only the film's director but also – together with Janusz Głowacki – screenwriter. The set desingers are Katarzyna Sobańska and Marcel Sławiński. Łukasz Żal is the director of photography. The film stars Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza and Borys Szyc. Shooting started in January 2017 and finished in early August, and took place in Poland, France and Croatia. Cold War is Polish-French-British coproduction and will hit the screens next year.
Photo: Łukasz Bąk/Kino Świat
Joanna Kulig is the leading actress in Cold War, a new film by Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida). The film's plot takes place in the 50s and 60s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. – Music will be one of the film's main protagonists – from Polish folk music to jazz and songs from Parisian bars. It's a story about two people who are unable to live together or apart. – Paweł Pawlikowski explains. Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a dancer and Victor (Tomasz Kot) a pianist in a folk ensemble "Mazurek". They meet in 1950 and plan to escape from the communist Poland together, but in the end only Victor stays beyond the Iron Curtain. Their relationship is a turbulent story of comebacks and break-ups – up until a dramatic finale. The film, with a screenplay in French and Polish, is produced by Opus Film from Łódź.Photo © Krzysztof Szymczak
January 28, 2017. Agnus Dei with four César Awards nominations.
Polish-French film Agnus Dei by Anne Fontaine, featuring Joanna Kulig, has been nominated for four César Awards - the national film awards of France. The nominations are for the Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Cinematography.
November 14, 2016. Pitbull. Niebezpieczne kobiety: the biggest opening in 30 years!
Agnus Dei (Photo by Anna Włoch / Aeroplan Film)
Pitbull. Niebezpieczne kobiety by Patryk Vega is a spectacular box office hit. 835,265 people have seen the film during the opening weekend in Poland, beating the record previously set by the Valentine's Day hit Fifty Shades of Grey. It is also the biggest opening of a Polish movie in 30 years!
March 11, 2016. Polish premiere of Agnus Dei by Anne Fontaine
March 18, 2015. Joanna Kulig in Agnus Dei by Anne Fontaine.
The filming of French-Polish co-oproduction Agnus Dei (original title: Les Innocentes) by Anne Fontaine (Coco Chanel, Perfect Mothers) has finished. The film's main protagonist, Mathilde Beaulieu, is a young woman on internship at the Polish unit of the French Red Cross in 1945. The unit searches for, cares for and repatriates victims saved from German concentration camps. One day, a Polish nun comes to the hospital and begs Mathilde to come to the nearby monastery. Mathilde's life and beliefs change forever when she founds out that multiple nuns living in the monastery are in advanced pregnancies.
Mathilde is played by Lou de Laâge (Respire, Jappeloup), twice nominated for César Award in the Most Promising Actress category (2014 and 2015). She is partnered by an ensemble of Polish actresses, with Agata Kulesza (Ida) as the abbess, as well as Agata Buzek (The Reverse) and Joanna Kulig (Sponsoring) as nuns, among others. The screenplay, based on a true story, was written by Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial, Anne Fontaine and Pascal Bonitzer, and cinematography was done by Caroline Champetier (Holy Motors, Of Gods and Men).
The film crew of Agnus Dei have spent 7 weeks in Poland. The filming started in January in Orneta, 50 km north of Olsztyn. For the purpose of film production, the crew adapted the Marian sanctuary in Krosno for use as the monastery, and an old train station in Orneta to act as a French Red Cross hospital from before the 70s. Scenography was done by Joanna Macha, costumes by Katarzyna Lewińska, and make-up by Anna Nobel-Nobielska.
February 23, 2015. Oscar for "Ida"!
Agnus Dei (photo by Anna Włoch / Aeroplan Film)
A great day for Polish cinema! "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski wins best foreign language Academy Award! Congratulations!
Visit the film's official website here: www.facebook.com/idafilm
January 25, 2015. Joanna Kulig on the cover of February edition of Twój Styl.
Joanna Kulig took part in a photo shoot for the cover of February edition of Twój Styl. The photo shoot was taken by Mateusz Stankiewicz. In an interview by Anna Jasińska, the actress talks about her work on the set of a new Polish-French movie by Anne Fontaine and about the role of Gensonina in Disco Polo by Maciek Bochniak. She also recalls her work with Ethan Hawke and Kristine Scott Thomas and the time when she has decided to be an independent actress.
January 15, 2015. Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski receives 2 Oscar nominations.
Ida is now a candidate for Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, while Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal have been nominated for Best Cinematography. Two more Polish movies have also received their Oscar nominations in the Best Short Documentary category: Joanna by Aneta Kopacz and Our Curse by Tomasz Śliwiński.
Ida, in which Joanna Kulig signs songs from the 60s, has received numerous prestigious film awards around the world, among them 6 European Film Awards including awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer and People's Choice Award.
For the film's official website visit www.ida-movie.com