Ida: First Polish Movie to Win Best Foreign Language Oscar

Polish Film Institute chief Agnieszka Odorowicz has praised the Oscar win for Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida as recognition of the “strength and originality of Polish cinema.”

The film, which was co-financed by the PFI, is the first Polish movie to win an Oscar Award in the foreign-language film category.

The victory coincides with the PFI’s 10th anniversary.

“The Academy recognized the strength and the originality of Polish cinema. I am very happy tonight and I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to the filmmakers,” Odorowicz said. “The fact that a Polish film received this Academy Award also serves as a beautiful and symbolic crowning of 10 years of Polish Film Institute activity in supporting Polish cinema.”

Polish Films Nominated for Oscar

Nine Polish films have been nominees in the Oscar’s foreign-language film category, most recently Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness” in 2011, and Andrzej Wajda’s “Katyn” in 2007.

“Ida” was co-produced by Poland’s Opus Film and Denmark’s Phoenix Film, in cooperation with Portobello Pictures, Phoenix Film Polska and Canal+ Polska. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, the Danish Film Institute, the Lodz Film Fund, and the Media Program.