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OSCARS 2015 Poland

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Ida could be on track for an Oscar

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- The already multi-award-winning film by Pawel Pawlikowski will represent Poland in the race for the nomination for the next Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

Ida could be on track for an Oscar
Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski

After having been convened by the Ministry of Culture, the committee tasked with choosing the candidate that will represent Poland in the race for the nomination for the next Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film has selected Ida [+see also:
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by Pawel Pawlikowski. This is hardly a surprising decision, considering how many awards the film has won; its impressive performance abroad has already proven that it has been one of the biggest successes in the history of Polish cinema from the last 50 years. 

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Ida has won over juries and audiences at myriad festivals, winning awards at Warsaw, Gdynia, London, Wiesbaden, Gijón, Minsk and Toronto (FIPRESCI), among others. The reactions of critics all around the globe have been unanimously positive: “It is a small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome: a sort of neo-new wave movie with something of the classic Polish film school and something of Truffaut, but also deadpan flecks of Béla Tarr and Aki Kaurismäki,” commented The Guardian, for example.

One particularly telling and encouraging detail regarding the Oscars is that Pawel Pawlikowski’s film has turned heads and been very well received in the USA. The critics at the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and the Wall Street Journal thus showered it with praise, dubbing Ida a “revelation of European cinema”. The film also got some very good reviews from the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker and trade magazines such as Variety, among others. And most recently, the trailer for Ida won the Golden Trailer Award, snatching it from under the nose of the likes of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty [+see also:
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According to statistics from the Polish Film Institute, Ida has enticed over 600,000 viewers in France, 450,000 in the US, 100,000 in Italy and Poland, and tens of thousands in Spain and the Netherlands. The movie was also distributed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Japan, Canada, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland and Taiwan, and will be released in the UK on 26 September. It has been sold to 64 countries, which is extremely unusual for a film shot entirely in Polish. 

(Translated from French)

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