Ida triumphs in the United Kingdom and Spain

Ida shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to winning prizes. After winning the LUX Prize 2014 and being named as the Best Foreign Film in several critics’ circles awards (read the news), Pawel Pawlikowski’s successful film has taken home the two main prizes it was vying for during this last weekend: United Kingdom’s BAFTA and Spain’s Goya.
 
On Sunday night, the BAFTAs decided to honour Ida with the prize for the Best Film Not in the English Language, for which it was competing against Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Stephen Daldry’s Trash and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night. The Polish-born filmmaker received the prize in the presence of the film’s co-writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz and producers, and dedicated it to all of his Polish team and producer Chris Collins, who recently passed away. It is worth noting that Pawel Pawlikowski had already won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his 2000 film, Last Resort, and the BAFTA for Best British Film for his brilliant 2004 film, My Summer of Love. “I once won the BAFTA for the best newcomer, then one for the best British film and now for the best foreigner, so I think we should just skip the formalities and receive the Lifetime Global Achievement award,” joked Pawlikowski. Ida was also nominated in the category of Best Cinematography, for the work of Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski.
 
Only one day before, the Spanish Goyas handed him the prize for the Best Foreign Film, thus beating Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s The Salt of the Earth, Felix Herngren’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and Philippe de Chauveron’s Serial (Bad) Weddings.
 
Ida’s sights are now set on the Césars (20 February) and the Oscars (22 February), in which it is still the front-runner.
 
Photo: Alice Eve, Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska and John Boyega
© BAFTA/Richard Kendal