Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival

Zaza Urushadze nabs best director for "Tangerines."

WARSAW – The Polish film Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 29th Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close in the Polish capital on Saturday.

The movie was chosen for “the superb combination of script, directing, cinematography, acting and music,” from which “comes a beautiful and delicate film that portrays a post-war Polish society, trying to get past its demons,” said the international jury, which named Zaza Urushadze best director for the Estonian/Georgian co-production Mandariinid (Tangerines).


Uljana Kim and Roberts Vinovskis, the producers of the Lithuanian/Latvian film Losejas (The Gambler), directed by Ignas Jonynas, picked up the Special Jury Prize.

The jury of the 1-2 competition, in which directors’ first and second features competed, gave ex-aequo awards to the Romanian film Cainele Japonez (The Japanese Dog), directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, and Otchuzhdenie (Alienation) by Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov.

Soy Mucho Mejor Que Vos (Much Better Than You) by Chilean director Che Sandoval won in the Free Spirit competition.

The U.S. film Dirty Wars, directed by Richard Rowley, was awarded as the best documentary, and the animated film Pandy (Pandas) by Czech director Matus Vizar collected the best short film award.

The 9th edition of CentEast Market, which showcased recently completed films and works in progress from Central and Eastern Europe, ran as part of the festival Oct. 18-19.