Cold War is hot favourite in Moscow

Polish drama wins clutch of East-West Golden Arch awards

by Amber Wilkinson

Joanna Kulig in Cold War
Joanna Kulig in Cold War

Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War was the big winner at the second East-West. Golden Arch awards in Moscow last night. The film, which tells the tempestuous love story of the writer/director's late parents, won four awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Murat Cemcir with his award for Best Supporting Actor
Murat Cemcir with his award for Best Supporting Actor Photo: Anna Temerina
It's star Joanna Kulig was named Best Actress, while Pawlikowski's cinematographer Lukas Zal shared the Best Cinematography award with Kaloyan Bozhilov, who was celebrated for his work on his tale of an elderly couple whose traditions are dying in Milko Lazarov's Ága.

Evgeniy Tsiganov was named Best Actor for his powerful portrayal of a man who tries to trick death by taking on the guise of a woman in The Man Who Surprised Everyone, which also saw his co-star Natalya Kudryashowa named Best Supporting Actress. The Russian film's co-writers and co-directors Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov shared the award for Best Screenplay with Radu Jude's "I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians", which explores the 1941 Odessa Massacre and its legacy.

The Best Supporting Actor prize went to Murat Cemcir's portrayal of the gambling addicted dad of the central protagonist in Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree.

Elena Okopnaya took home the award for her art direction on Alexey German Jr's historical drama Dovlatov and Roman Bilyk and Herman Osipov won the prize for Best Music for their work on Kirill Serebrennikov's The Summer, which recounts the story of a love triangle against a backdrop of rock music in 1980s Russia.

An honorary award for contribution to cinema was also given posthumously to Russian director Marlen Khutsiev, who died in March. His films included July Rain and I Am Twenty.

The awards were inaugurated in 2018 to celebrate and promote Eurasian cinema, they are voted for by an international panel of journalists and academics. Read about all the nominees, here.

Share this with others on...
News

Engaging Martin Scorsese Gay Talese on Martin Scorsese and The Irishman

Recording the soul Arnaud Desplechin on editing, Oh Mercy! and Cries And Whispers

A contemporary character Pietro Marcello on his film of Martin Eden and Jack London’s novel

The making of a hybrid Bertrand Bonello on histories and Zombi Child

An enigma Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne on Young Ahmed

A world of friendship Nichola Burley and Roxanne Scrimshaw talk about living the dream and creating characters in Lynn + Lucy

Oscar animation longlist revealed 32 films under consideration

Black Hat takes this year's Iris Prize My Brother Is A Mermaid wins Best British Short

More news and features

We're bring you coverage of this year's Cambridge Film Festival.



We're looking forward to New York's NewFest, the London Korean Film Festival and the French Film Festival.



We've recently been at the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, Manchester's Grimmfest, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin.



Read our full for more.


Visit our festivals section.

Interact

More competitions coming soon.