Oscar Movies: Poland’s Ida Wins 2014 Best Foreign Language Film

Pawel Pawlikowski’s stark black-and-white drama Ida  has won the best foreign-language film Oscar over a strong and competitive field.

Poland’s entry won over Russia’s “Leviathan,” Estonia’s “Tangerines,” Mauritania’s “Timbuktu” and Argentina’s “Wild Tales.”

The film, set in Poland in 1962 and shot in black and white, features long takes and minimal dialogue in the austere story of a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant, she meets her only surviving relative who tells her that her parents were Jewish. Agata Kulesza plays the title character.

“Ida” had previously won the best film of 2014 from the European Film Academy along with awards from BAFTA and the Spirits.

“’It is strange to talking so much about it since it’s a film about silence,” Pawlikowski said at the Spirits.

“Ida” has performed impressively at the U.S. box office, generating $3.7 million for distributor Music Box.