WARSAW: Piotr Domalewski’s debut feature Silent Night won ten awards out of 11 nominations for the Polish Film Awards - The Eagles, that celebrated their 20th anniversary in Warsaw on 26 March 2018.
"I am overwhelmed and I'd like to thank the Academy again. These awards have a special meaning, because they come from my fellow filmmakers who know what it takes to make a film and who love watching cinema", director Piotr Domalewski told FNE. The winning films were chosen from among 61 feature films released in Polish cinemas in 2017 and 48 documentaries. The members of the Polish Film Academy voted from 12 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. "As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Polish Film Awards - The Eagles I am encouraging our filmmakers to keep on going and to not forget their artistic freedom, because it is the independent thought and passion that caused the great development of Polish cinema that we've been observing for the last 20 years", Dariusz Jabłoński, the President of the Polish Film Academy told FNE. During the gala the Polish Film Academy announced that Dariusz Jabłoński was re-elected as the Academy President for another term. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Polish actor, director and film professor Jerzy Stuhr by his son Maciej Stuhr, who was hosting the gala. The Polish Film Awards - The Eagles have been organised by the Independent Film Foundation since 1999. They are considered to be the Polish equivalent of American Oscars, French Césars and British BAFTA awards. The films are chosen by over 600 members of the Polish Film Academy in a two-step vote. The Polish Eagles Ceremony was broadcast by CANAL+. FULL LIST OF WINNERS: Best Film: Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland) Directed by Piotr Domalewski Produced by Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Warmia and Mazury Film Fund Best Director: Piotr Domalewski for Silent Night Best Script: Piotr Domalewski for Silent Night Best Actress: Magdalena Boczarska for Art of Love Directed by Maria Sadowska Produced by Watchout Productions Coproduced by TVN S.A., Orange S.A., Agora S.A. Supported by the Polish Film Institute Best Actor: Dawid Ogrodnik for Silent Night Best Supporting Actress: Agnieszka Suchora for Silent Night Best Supporting Actor: Akadiusz Jakubik for Silent Night
Best Cinematography: Piotr Sobociński Jr. for Silent Night Best Editing: Dorota Kobiela, Justyna Wierszyńska for Loving Vincent Directed by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman Produced by Breakthru Films, Trademark Films Supported by the Polish Film Institute, CETA, Odra Film, Silver Reel, Cinema and Management Group, European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, MEDIA Best Costume Design: Cristobal Pidre, Florence Scholtes, Małgorzata Zacharska for Marie Curie / Maria Skłodowska – Curie (Poland, Belgium, France, Germany) Directed by Marie Noëlle Produced by P’Artisan Filmproduktion, Pokromski Studio, Sepia Production Supported by the Polish Film Institute Best Sound: Jerzy Murawski, Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński for Silent Night Best Music: Radzimir Dębski for Art of Love
Best Art Direction: Matthew Button, Piotr Dominiak for Loving Vincent Discovery of the Year: Piotr Domalewski for directing Silent Night Best Drama Series: The Pack / Wataha, season 2 (Poland) Directed by Kasia Adamik, Jan P. Matuszyński Produced by ATM Grupa Broadcaster HBO Polska Best Documentary: 21 x New York Driected by Piotr Stasik Produced by Lava Films Supported by the Polish Film Institute Best European Film: The Square (Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark) Directed by Ruben Ostlund Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerzy Stuhr
Audience Award: Silent Night