December 15, 2014 / 5:28 PM / 4 years ago

Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida' sweeps European Film Awards

RIGA (Reuters) - Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida”, a drama about a young novitiate nun who discovers her parents were Jewish and perished in the Holocaust, dominated the European Film Awards on Saturday, winning five prizes, including best film, best director and people’s choice.

Pawel Pawlikowski poses with his trophies for European director and screenwriter for his work in the movie "Ida" after the European Film Awards ceremony in Riga December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

“Ida” also won the Special Presentations award at 2013 Toronto film festival. It has been nominated for the best foreign language film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and for the foreign-language Academy Award.

Pawlikowski is best known for the British films “Last Resort” and “My Summer of Love”, both of which won BAFTAs.

“It was fantastic night for us and also it has been a great year for Poland. We won in volleyball, we beat Germany in football, first time in 80 years, and tonight — crowning glory,” Pawlikowski said as he received the award for the best film.

The annual awards, held this year in the Latvian capital of Riga, also honored the British director Steve McQueen, who got an award for European achievement in world cinema. With only three feature films - “Hunger”, “Shame” and the most recent “12 Years A Slave”, which won an Oscar earlier this year as Best Picture, McQueen has become legendary, said director Wim Wenders, who presented the award.

The French film director Agnès Varda was given a lifetime achievement award.

The awards were voted on by more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy.

Following is a list of the main winners:

Best film - Ida 

Best director - Pawel Pawlikowski/Ida

Best actress - Marion Cotillard/Two days, One night 

Best actor - Timothy Spall/ Mr. Turner

Best Comedy - The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer

Best screenwriter - Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz/Ida

Best cinematographer - Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski/Ida

Best editor - Justine Wright/Locke

Best production designer - Claus-Rudolf Amler/ The Dark Valley

Best composer - Mica Levi/Under the Skin

European discovery - The Tribe

Best documentary - Master of the Universe

Best animated feature - The Art of Hapiness

Best short film - The Chicken

Lifetime achievement award - Agnès Varda, director

Achievement in world cinema - Steve McQueen, director

People’s choice -  Ida 

Reporting by Aija Krutaine; Editing by Larry King

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