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As expected, Andrzej Wajda's latest film Katyn-the highest-grossing Polish movie in recent months-has been showered with praise at this year's Polish Film Awards ceremony in Warsaw.

The movie, which tells the story of one of the most notorious crimes of World War II-the murder of around 20,000 Polish prisoners-of-war by the Stalinist secret police acting on the orders from top Soviet authorities in 1940-claimed seven Polish Eagle statuettes from the Polish Film Academy, including one for best Polish film. Earlier this year, Katyn was in the running for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category but lost to Austrian movie The Counterfeiters. Another highlight of the Polish Film Award ceremony was the presentation of the leading actress award to Danuta Szaflarska, a 93-year-old veteran actress who is an icon of Polish cinema, for her part in Dorota Kędzierzawska's Pora umierać (Time to Die.) The Polish Eagle statuettes have been the most important awards in the Polish film industry in the past decade.

Another milestone ceremony last week commemorated the 65th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, providing a new opportunity for Poland and Israel to improve bilateral relations. Specially for the occasion, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid a four-day visit to Warsaw. Peres, who was born in Poland in 1923, delivered several official addresses-including one in parliament-during which he said that the lives of the Polish and Jewish people, their history and culture have been interconnected for centuries, despite difficult moments in bilateral relations. After Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's recent visit to Israel, the Warsaw observances were yet another move toward closer political relations. As the next step, Polish President Lech Kaczyński will pay an official visit to Tel Aviv in the near future.

Last year, Poland attracted nearly 13 billion euros in foreign direct investment, and experts predict that this year the figure may be even higher. Poland continues to report the largest FDI among the new European Union member states that joined the bloc on May 1, 2004 and afterwards. This shows that foreign investors have confidence in Poland and its economy and that they appreciate the country's improving business environment, according to the central bank and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. The agency's officials say Poland is a safe haven amid the economic and financial uncertainty that has troubled global markets in the past several months. Multinational corporations share this opinion. According to a recent report by the Polish subsidiary of Ernst & Young, Poland is perceived as the seventh most attractive investment destination in the world and the number one location for investors in Central and Eastern Europe.