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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
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  • 23 February 2015

    Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida has got an Oscar! It is the first Polish motion picture that has received the most prestigious film industry award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

    “Mr Pawlikowski has made one of the finest European films (and one of most insightful films about Europe, past and present) in recent memory,” Anthony Oliver Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, told Polska.pl. According to Mr Scott, the film has some of the structure and feeling of an ancient folk tale. “It is a breathtakingly concise film with a clear, simple narrative line. But within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain,” he wrote in the NYT review published in 2014.

     

    The story of Anna, a novitiate nun who before taking her holy vows is ordered by the mother superior to confront her past, has a surprisingly untypical form. It has been shot in black and white, compactly and intimately. The tale of a Jewish orphan who, with the help from her aunt— Stalinist prosecutor Wanda Gruz (played by the enthusiastically acclaimed Agata Kulesza)— discovers her family’s harrowing past, has moved the international audiences. The picture has drawn over a million viewers abroad.

     

    Ida has been nominated for an American Academy Award in two categories: for best foreign language movie and for photography by Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Before that, it was showered with awards at European and international film festivals, wining over 100 prizes, including a Goya Award, dubbed a Spanish equivalent of the Oscar, and a British Oscar—a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award.

     

    Read more: http://polska.pl/en/culture-and-art/visual-arts/oscar-poles/

     

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