Jerzy Skolimowski is the winner of the Eagle 2022 for life achievements

The name of the laureate was announced by the president of the Polish Film Academy, Dariusz Jabłoński, during a press conference held at Canal + studio.

As he emphasized, the statuette goes to an outstanding artist who “started with the script of” Knife in the Water “”. “Later, the movies that really built us all – »Barrier«, »Rysopis«, »Hands up«, after which he had to travel to the West and could no longer create in his home country. This is another example of an East-European artist whose place of birth causes additional problems “- he pointed out.

The president of the Polish Film Academy also referred to the films for which the laureate in the past received Eagles, namely “Four Nights with Anna”, “Essential Killing” and “11 minutes”. He also mentioned the latest film by Jerzy Skolimowski “Eo”which will be presented in May in the main competition of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

As stated on the website of the Warmian-Masurian Film Fund, “Eo” is a contemporary interpretation of the French film “For Luck, Baltazar!” Robert Bresson from 1966.

“The story of a donkey named Baltazar, starting in a Polish circus and ending in an Italian slaughterhouse, is a bitter but also full of warm humanism paraphrase of the road movie. It is a panopticon of human behavior towards a defenseless animal, a suggestive image of social relations and cultural changes taking place in the contemporary world “- stated in the announcement.

Jerzy Skolimowski. Information

Jerzy Skolimowski was born on May 5, 1938 in Łódź. He attended secondary school in Podiebrady, Czech Republic, together with Milos Forman, Vaclav Havel and Ivan Passer. In 1959, he graduated in ethnography at the University of Warsaw, and four years later, he studied at the Directing Department of the Film School in Łódź.

He is the creator of over 20 filmsincluding: “Start” (“The Departure”; 1967 – Golden Bear at the IFF in Berlin), “Krzyk” (“The Shout”; 1978 – special jury award in Cannes), “Fucha” (“Moonlighting” ; 1982 – the award for the best script in Cannes), “The Lightship”; 1985 – the award for the best director at the Venice Film Festival, “Four nights with Anna” (appreciated in 2008 in Cannes), “Essential Killing “(Grand Prix at the Venice Festival in 2010; award for the best film at the Mar del Plata Festival and awards for the best film and for the best director at the Gdynia Festival).

Jerzy Skolimowski is also a respected painter. He took part in the Venice Biennale and exhibited his works in Europe and the United States. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

Eagle for reaching life. Laureates

The Eagle for Life Achievements is one of the categories of special Polish Film Awards, awarded by members of the Polish Film Academy. The statuette has been presented since 1999. They have so far received: Andrzej Wajda (2000), Tadeusz Konwicki (2002), Roman Polański (2003), Kazimierz Kutz (2004), Jerzy Kawalerowicz (2005), Jerzy Hoffman (2006), Janusz Majewski (2012), Danuta Szaflarska (2013), Franciszek Pieczka (2015), Janusz Gajos (2016), Maja Komorowska (2020) and Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz (2021).

The Eagle for Life Achievement, like the Polish Eagles 2022 Film Awards in other categories, will be presented during the gala that will take place On June 6 at the Polish Theater Arnold Szyfman in Warsaw and will be broadcast on Canal +. This year, the creators of Jan P. Matuszyński’s “Let There Are No Traces”, “Wesele” by Wojciech Smarzowski and “All Our Fears” by Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt have the chance to win the most.


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