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Night of the Stars
March 27, 2014   
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Film veterans battled it out with rising stars for the Eagles (Orły), Poland’s most coveted film awards, at a glittering ceremony at the Polski Theater in Warsaw March 10.

The big winners of the night were Life Feels Good (Chce się żyć), which took five Eagles statuettes, and Ida and Papusza, with four awards each. Ida, a black-and-white drama with a Jewish theme set in postwar Poland, was voted the best Polish movie of 2013. Paweł Pawlikowski, who directed the film, received an award for best director. Ida star Agata Kulesza was voted the best actress in a leading role. She beat Agnieszka Grochowska, who was nominated for her role as the wife of Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa in the biopic Wałęsa. Man of Hope, and Jowita Budnik, who delivered a compelling performance as 20th-century Polish Gypsy poetess Papusza in the movie of the same title.

The award for best actor in a leading role went to Dawid Ogrodnik, who played a severely disabled man in Maciej Pieprzyca’s Life Feels Good. The other nominees included veteran Polish actor Janusz Gajos for Układ zamknięty (The Closed Circuit) and Robert Więckiewicz for his colorful portrayal of Wałęsa in Man of Hope, directed by Academy Award winner Andrzej Wajda.

A special lifetime achievement award was presented to Kazimierz Karabasz, an outstanding Polish documentary film maker who received a standing ovation during the ceremony at the Polski Theater. Along with Polish movie stars and film makers, the ceremony was attended by politicians and prominent media figures. The hosts the evening were popular Polish actors Maciej Stuhr and Joanna Kulig.

The Eagles Polish Film Awards have been given out since 1999 by the Polish Film Academy. There are a total of 18 categories and the winners are selected through a two-round vote. The results are not revealed until the award ceremony.

M.R.
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