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And the Eagle Goes to...
March 18, 2009 By W.Ż.    
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The Polski Theater in Warsaw March 9 hosted the 11th Polish Eagle Film Awards ceremony, modeled on the American Oscars.

Polish Film Academy members awarded the Eagle for best film of the year to 33 Scenes From Life directed by Małgorzata Szumowska, a drama about a young artist coping with the death of both her parents. The film also received the viewers' award. 33 Scenes From Life garnered a total of 10 Eagle nominations and won two other statuettes, for the best score and best editing.

Little Moscow collected the most Eagles at the ceremony. The story of the forbidden love of a Polish man for a Russian woman married to an officer stationed in a Soviet base in Poland was nominated in eight categories and won five Eagles-for best script, set decoration, costumes and sound. It was also named "discovery of the year."

Veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski was named best director for Four Nights With Anna, a drama involving a love story, which also received the best cinematography award.

Awards for best actress and actor in a leading role went to Jadwiga Jankowska-Cie¶lak (pictured) and Krzysztof Stroiński, both for the drama Scratch directed by Michał Rosa. Jankowska-Cie¶lak and Stroiński play a married couple whose relationship falls apart when the husband gets accused of long-term collaboration with the secret services of communist Poland. Eagle statuettes for best supporting actors went to Danuta Szaflarska and Robert Więckiewicz, who appear in the time-travel comedy Ile waży koń trojański? (How Much Does the Trojan Horse Weigh?) directed by Juliusz Machulski. The movie was a major box office success last year.

A lifetime achievement Eagle went to Jerzy Wójcik, a well-known Polish cinematographer.

The Eagle awards for feature-length movies were handed out for the first time in 1999. The winners in 15 categories are selected by over 500 members of the Polish Film Academy. The Eagles are the Polish counterparts of the French Césars, the Czech Lions and the Spanish Goyas.

Previous Eagles for best film went to History of Cinema in Popielawy (1999) , The Debt (2000), Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2001), Hi, Tereska (2002), The Pianist (2003), Squint Your Eyes (2004), The Wedding (2005), The Collector (2006), Savior Square (2007) and Katyn (2008).
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