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Polish film triumphs at European Film Awards

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Polish film 'Ida' was named best European film of the year Saturday in Latvian capital Riga at the 27th annual European Film Awards, LSM reports.

The film – shot entirely in black and white - is a downbeat tale of two women wrestling with the aftermath of the Holocaust, Catholic guilt and Communism in 1962 Poland.

Pawlikowski also picked up the award for Best European Director and the People's Choice Award chosen by members of the public. 

France's Marion Cotillard was named Best Actress for her role in 'Two Days, One Night'. 

The Lifetime Achievement award went to French New Wave legend Agnes Varda, director of such classics as 'La Pointe Courte' and 'Vagabond'. 

The statuette for Achievement in World Cinema was presented to Briton Steve McQueen who said cinema could “push forward the idea of humanity” and dedicated his award to the late French film director Jean Vigo whom he described as “an anarchist, a realist, and a lover of life.”

English actor Timothy Spall was named Best Actor for his role in 'Mr Turner'. He paid tribute to director Mike Leigh and was abashed at receiving his award, saying: “Its a real surprise – such a surprise I wore my silly shoes because I wanted to cheer myself up."

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