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Ida selected as Poland’s entry for Oscar
August 11, 2014   
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Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska
Pawel Pawlikowski’s movie “Ida” has been put forward as Poland’s entry for the foreign-language film category of the 2015 Oscars.

The decision was taken by a panel set up by culture minister Malgorzata Omilanowska, and and chaired by Film director, script writer and prose writer Filip Bajon

Ida is an intimate, black-and-white drama with a Jewish theme set in postwar Poland. It tells a story of an 18-year-old novice nun Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) and her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a former state prosecutor, who set out on a road trip to discover their family’s past.

Ida was voted the best Polish movie of 2013. Pawlikowski received an award for best director. Kulesza was voted the best actress in a leading role.

I t is also one of the most popular Polish movies screened abroad in the last 25 years.

Its success started at Toronto International Film Festival, where moviegoers were discussing the drama on the streets, and distributors lined up to buy copies. Since then Ida has won over 60 awards. It is being shown in over 40 countries. In July it ranked 20 at American box-office, where it earned USD 2,5 million.

Pawlikowski, 57, left Poland in 1971 and went on to live in Germany and Italy until he settled in Britain. He studied literature and philosophy in London and at Oxford Brookes University. He made his first movie in 1987 and has since won a number of awards at film festivals in Pesaro (Italy), London, Edinburgh and Toronto. Pawlikowski did not start to direct films in Poland until several years ago.

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