Oscar 2014: Poland Submits Ida, Nun’s WWII Tale

“Ida,” directed by the briilliant Pawel Pawlikowski, has been selected as Poland’s entry for the foreign-language film category of the Oscars.

Our review: emanuellevy.com/comment/ida-pawlikowskis-new-film/


“Ida” was released in Poland on October 25, 2013.

The black-and-white film, which follows a novice nun as she attempts to discover how her parents died during World War II, has received multiple awards and has been widely distributed worldwide. The decision was taken a panel set up by culture minister Malgorzata Omilanowska, and headed by Filip Bajon.

The film had a stellar festival run that took in Telluride, Toronto, London and Sundance, among others. It won best film at London, Gijon, Warsaw, Gdynia, Poland’s national film festival, Plus Camerimage and Les Arcs European Film Festival. It also won four awards at the Polish Film Awards, including best film and director, and the international critics award at Toronto.

Pawel Pawlikowski is best known for British movies “Last Resort” and “My Summer of Love,” both of which won BAFTAs. “Ida” is the first film he has shot in his native Poland.

Music Box Films released the pic in the U.S., where it has had a warm reception from critics and has grossed $3.6 million in the U.S. so far. Fandango Portobello is handling world sales on the film, which has been sold to more than 30 countries.