Ida, Polish Candidate for Oscar

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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