Famous but Not Watched



Paweł Pawlikowski, director of Oscar-winning ”Ida”, suggested during a meeting with Polish president Bronisław Komorowski that people should focus more on watching his movie rather than debating it.“Ida” won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but when the movie was initially shown in Polish cinemas in 2013 less than 100,000 people watched it. Even after being awarded several major prizes attendances increased only to 160,000. The movie received high praise from critics all over the world, yet in Poland it received mixed reactions. While it was praised for artistic value, other critics claimed that the movie falsely accuses Polish people of complicity in the extermination of the Jews. The Polish Anti-Defamation League wanted the producer of “Ida” to show a disclaimer at the beginning of the film informing viewers that it was Germany that was responsible for the Holocaust and that in fact Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. “Ida” also polarized viewers and triggered extreme emotions. Some people considered the movie to be a masterpiece, while others called it boring and shallow.

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