A Great Day for Polish Cinema
"A Great Day for Polish Cinema," "Originality Rewarded: A Polish Record," "Arthouse Films Competing for Oscars," "A New Chapter in the History of Polish Cinema," "A Turning Point" -- these are the headlines and critics' opinions that sum up yesterday's Academy Award nominations.
Roman Polański's Unique Screenplay Up for Auction
Roman Polański has donated his working script of Bitter Moon to Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy (The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity) - a Polish charity that supplies public hospitals in Poland with medical equipment. Bidding is open through January 21, 12.42 (UTC).
Polish Filmmakers Nominated for the Oscars!
Three Polish films have been nominated for the 87th Academy Awards: Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, Nasza klątwa (Our Curse) by Tomasz Śliwiński and Joanna by Aneta Kopacz. All three films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. They will compete for the Oscars in the following categories: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Documentary Short Subject. Polish costume designer Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard was nominated for Best Costume Design.
"BODY/CIAŁO" in Main Competition
BODY/CIAŁO, the latest film by director Małgorzata Szumowska, will have its world premiere in Main Competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
"The Calling" in Rotterdam
Wołanie (The Calling), a Polish-French co-production directed by Marcin Dudziak will screen in the Bright Future section of the 44th Rotterdam International Film Festival. The Rotterdam screening will mark the film's international premiere.
"Wałęsa. Man of Hope" in Spain
Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Wałęsa. Man of Hope), a film directed by Andrzej Wajda and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, was released theatrically in Spain on January 1, 2015.
Krzysztof Krauze Passed Away
Acclaimed director and screenwriter Krzysztof Krauze passed away on December 24, 2014 after an extended battle with terminal illness. Krzysztof Krauze was an award-winning feature and documentary film director; his filmography includes Dług (The Debt), Mój Nikifor (My Nikifor), Plac Zbawiciela (Saviour's Square), and Papusza.
"Ida" on Academy's Shortlist
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute is one of nine titles shortlisted for nominations in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category.
"Ida" Wins Lux Prize
Members of the European Parliament voted to award the 2014 Lux Prize to Ida, a film by Paweł Pawlikowski. The voting results were announced on December 17 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
International Press on "Ida" Success
Ida swept the 2014 European Film Awards - that seems to be the prevalent opinion in the press after last weekend's events in Riga. At the awards ceremony that took place on December 13, Ida - a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute - received the top five most important film awards on the continent.
American Film Critics' Award for Agata Kulesza and "Ida"
Ida - a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute has been nominated and awarded by another film critics assosciations and circles in the USA. December 14 brought two awards of The San Francisco Film Critics Cirle (SFFCC) in categories: Best Foreign Language Picture and Best Cinematography.
"Ida" Voted Best Film of 2014!
December 13 marked the European Films Awards ceremony in Riga. Ida, a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received the award for Best European Film of 2014. The film also won the Best European Director award for Paweł Pawlikowski and Best European Screenwriter award for Paweł Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski received the Carlo Di Palma Award for Best European Cinematographer. Ida also received the EFA People's Choice Award, the winner of which is selected by European viewers in an online vote.
"Life Feels Good" in Japanese Cinemas
Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good), a film directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, was released theatrically in Japan on December 13. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
"Ida" Nominated for Golden Globes
Nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, the annual awards of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were announced on December 11 in Beverly Hills. Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Polish Documentaries in Competition
On December 9, the Sundance Institute announced the lineup of the short film competition at next year's Sundance festival, which takes place in January. In a little over a month, two Polish short films, both co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will compete for the title of Best Short Film: Punkt wyjścia (Starting Point) by Michał Szcześniak and Obiekt (Object) by Paulina Skibińska.
Polish Film Screenings in Istanbul
Until 27th of December at Pera Museum in Istanbul will take place the screenings of the Polish films.
"Ida" in Israeli Cinemas
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will be released theatrically in Israel on December 25, 2014.
Awards for Polish Films in Spain
Two films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute received awards at the 52nd Gijón International Film Festival in Spain.
Polish Films Recognized in Tallinn
November 30 brought the closing of the 18th Black Nights International Film Festival in Tallinn. The focus on Polish cinema featured screenings of over 20 Polish films; Polish presence at the festival was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Award for "Something Better to Come"
November 28 brought the closing of the 22nd edition of the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The Special Jury Award in Main Competition went to Marzenie Julii (Something Better to Come), a film directed by Hanna Polak and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.