Ida, Polish Candidate for Oscar

August 20, 2014
Challenging for an Oscar

Challenging for an Oscar

“Ida” directed by Paweł Pawlikowski has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, according to the Polish Film Institute (PISF). The Oscar Committee under the leadership of Filip Bajon, took the decision unanimously. The committee, appointed by Minister of Culture Małgorzta Omilanowska, included: Katarzyna Adamik, Jacek Bławut, Michał Komar, Agnieszka Odorowicz, Anda Rottenberg, Janusz Zaorski and Marek Żydowicz. The film had its world première at the Telluride Film Festival in the United States in late August 2013. The PISF informed the pubcli that the international distribution of Pawlikowski’s film proved to be one of the greatest successes in the history of Polish cinema. So far, “Ida” has been seen by nearly 500,000 viewers in France, 450,000 in the United States, more than 100,000 in Italy, and several dozen thousand in Spain and in the Netherlands. “Ida” is set in 1960s Poland. Anna, a young novice nun, decides to meet her only living relative, her aunt Wanda before taking her vows. The girl learns from her that she is Jewish and that her real name is not Anna but Ida Lebenstein. She also finds out the truth about the tragic story of her parents who were murdered during the war.
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Around Poland on Rollerblades

August 19, 2014
More Than Just a Sport

More Than Just a Sport

Two rollerbladers Roman Konera and Tadeusz Schreiner had a plan to rollerblade almost 2,800 km around Poland. However, only Roman Konera is still attempting the record as Tadeusz Schreiner had to quit the tour near Tomaszów Lubelski. The plan was to rollerblade a total of 2,727 km around Poland; the purpose of “Rollertour 2014″ was to popularise skating and rollerblading in Poland as well as to promote the small towns they planned to visit. Not a small task. The rollerbladers started their tour on 1 August from Międzyrzec Podlaski and on 3 August Roman was already in Oleszyce. In three days he managed to travel 300 km. “I will fight to the end and not give up,” declared Roman Konera before he began. He now plans to complete the tour on 30 August in Międzyrzec Podlaski. No Polish person has ever achieved such a mammoth challenge.
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Gal Gadot Has Polish Roots

August 4, 2014
Gal Gadot Has Polish Roots

Wondrous Woman

Gal Gadot is in the news once again thanks to her new superhero role. This will no doubt cheer Polish fans because Gal Gadot has Polish roots. In fact, few people know that Gal Gadot’s grandma is Polish and lives in Warsaw. Her new superhero role will be in director Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Snyder revealed the first pictures of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman during Comic-Con in San Diego. The pictures caused controversy among fans: “Why is she so thin? Why is her costume not red, blue and gold?” Gal Gadot will take on the role of Wonder Woman, as previously portrayed by Cathy Lee Crosby, Lynda Carter and Adrianne Palicki, and will be one of the main superheros in the film. Many fans are surprised by the new costume and comments on the internet have ranged from: “Why is it brown?”, “Why does she look like Xena not Wonder Woman?” to “Is it only me, or does she really look like Kim Kardashian?” Fortunately for Snyder, there is also a large group of fans happy with her new costume, sword, lasso and shoes. The world premiere of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is planned for 6 May 2016 and by that time fans will have gotten used to the idea of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
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PLN 64m Marilyn Monroe Pictures

July 20, 2014
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Recently, over 3,000 photos of Marilyn Monroe and other stars taken by Milton Greene were sold for the record sum of PLN 6.4m at an auction in Warsaw. The pictures were owned by the Foreign Debt Service Fund for twenty years. The auction took place at the DESA Unicum auction house. The whole collection was put up for sale as one catalogue item for the starting price of PLN 5m and was bought by Wrocławskie Przedsiębiorstwo Hala Ludowa for the city of Wrocław. The purchaser will donate the previously unseen photographs to a public collection, and keep 100 chosen pictures for itself. This was the result of negotiations between the Polish Ministry of Finance and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The collection belonged to the Foreign Debt Service Fund since the mid 1990s and after the liquidation of the Fund, some of the pictures were sold at two auctions organised by DESA Unicum at the end of 2012. Then, during a public auction, nearly 400 pictures were sold for a total amount of PLN 3.8m with a photograph of Marilyn Monroe wearing a ballet dress fetching a staggering PLN 69,000. Milton H. Greene was a famous American fashion photographer and he took thousands of pictures of Marilyn Monroe in a variety of situations. His collection includes pictures from photo sessions, movie sets, and private situations.
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Ida nominated to LUX Prize

July 14, 2014
Ida

Ida

“Ida” is a black and white film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. It is the story of a novice nun (Agata Trzebuchowska) who before taking her vows visits her aunt, her only living relative. The young girl learns about her family history and decides to go on a journey to find the resting place of her parents together with her aunt. The film has already received a Golden Lion for best film at the Gdynia Film Festival and Warsaw Grand Prix in the International Competition for best film at the Warsaw Film Festival. The film has also been recognised at festivals in London and Toronto. At the beginning of June, “Ida” received a Golden Trailer Award for best foreign drama. Now it has the chance to win a LUX Prize, an award introduced in 2007 and given to films by members of the European Parliament. The award honours films that promote European culture, show otherness as well as demonstrate the universality of values that are important for all Europeans.
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Rodowicz Shows her Legs

July 13, 2014
Maryla Rodowicz

Maryla Rodowicz

Actress turned singer Agnieszka Włodarczyk was the biggest star during Poland’s famous annual music festival in Międzyzdroje. The beautiful star caught the attention of all the photographers. However, veteran singer Maryla Rodowicz also left her mark, and quite literally. She came to the seaside resort in order to appear at the music festival and leave her hand print in Międzyzdroje’s so-called Valley of Stars. During the official ceremony of being inducted into the Valley of Stars, Rodowicz, famous for her hit “Małgośka”, wore a colourful, rather short dress showing off her surprisingly slender legs much to the delight of fans, photographers and journalists.
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Bikini Independence Day

July 8, 2014
Wholesome American?

Wholesome American?

How did Miami Housewives star Joanna Krupa celebrate American Independence Day? Most people just hang out the flag on 4 July but Polish-American supermodel Joanna Krupa, who also presents Polish Top Model, decided to do things differently. The Polish model babe posted a series of selfies and pics of herself on her Instagram site. Sexy, attractive and… patriotic. The pics show off the model’s beautiful body in an all-American bikini, complete with stars and stripes, a summer American flag pie and Joanna with one of her friends in a luxury swimming pool. The question is whether patriotic Joanna is showing off or off-putting. See for yourself: http://instagram.com/joannakrupa
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