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.
This year three Polish films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute have been nominated for the Academy Awards. Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida will compete for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. In the Best Documentary Short Subject category nominated are Aneta Kopacz for Joanna and Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki for Nasza klątwa (Our Curse).
Polish costume designer Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard was nominated for Best Costume Design for her work on Maleficent, a film by Robert Stromberg. She has previously been nominated for Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1994) and Roman Polański's The Pianist (2003).
"This is a great day for Polish cinema. There could not have been a better gift for the tenth anniversary of the Polish Film Institute. I am very proud of Polish filmmakers and producers. This unprecedented success can lead to other Polish films being recognized around the world. We are ready to continue the promotional campaign of Polish Oscar nominees," said Agnieszka Odorowicz, head of the Polish Film Institute.
Ida is a Polish-Danish co-production, made by Opus Film and 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 Łódź Film Fund, and the 2007-2013 MEDIA Programme.
The Academy Award nomination marks yet another success for Paweł Pawlikowski's latest feature. To date, Ida has received multiple awards, among them five European Film Awards (including Best Film), the European Parliament's LUX Prize, awards of American film critics' associations, the ASC Spotlight Award, and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize in the Special Presentations section of the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. The film has also won top laurels at film festivals in London, Wiesbaden, Gijon, and Minsk, and has been nominated for multiple others, including the Golden Globes, the BAFTA awards and BIFA.
Nasza klątwa (Our Curse) is a personal statement of the director about the wife he and his wife must endure in facing the rare and incurable disease of their newborn child - CHCS (congenital central hypoventilation syndrome), also known as Ondine's Curse. The film portrays the process of coming to terms with the fear that accompanies this disease, and slowly adapting to the new circumstances. Produced at the Warsaw Film School and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, this student film by Tomasz Śliwiński has previously received acclaim at several international film festivals, winning awards in Lisbon, Sheffield, Aspen, Monterrey, Olten, and London.
This documentary portrait of Joanna Sałyga, young mother and blogger fighting a deadly disease, has been recognized at the Jihlava IDFF, the DOK.Leipzig festival, the 2014 Los Angeles Movie Awards, the DocsBarcelona IDFF, the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and the 'Young and Cinema' Koszalin Festival of Film Debuts. The film was produced by Wajda Studio within the framework of the Dok Pro programme, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Since the Polish Film Institute was created in 2005, Polish films have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award three times: Andrzej Wajda's Katyń in 2008, Agnieszka Holland's W ciemności (In Darkness) in 2012, and now Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida in 2015. Polish films have also received three nominations in the Best Documentary Short Subject category - Bartek Konopka's Królik po berlińsku (Rabbit a la Berlin) in 2010 and Aneta Kopacz's Joanna and Tomasz Śliwiński's Nasza klątwa (Our Curse) in 2015. In 2008, Peter & the Wolf, a film directed by Suzie Templeton and made as a co-production between Poland and the United Kingdom, received the Oscar for best animated short. Ida's two Oscar nominations were preceded by a win of five European Film Awards in December 2014.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun