2015 winner Poland nominates film for next foreign language Oscar

GMT 16:43 2015 Wednesday ,23 September

Arab Today, arab today 2015 winner Poland nominates film for next foreign language Oscar

Director Jerzy Skolimowski
Warsaw - AFP

Poland's national film institute, whose entry won this year's best foreign language film Oscar, on Tuesday selected "11 minutes" by Jerzy Skolimowski for the 2016 edition of the awards show.

"We selected a film by one of Poland's best and most original film directors," said Pawel Pawlikowski, chairman of the selection committee at the PISF institute.

Skolimowski's film is a Polish-Irish co-production that was nominated for this year's Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival and also received the special jury prize at the Gdynia Film Festival at home.

The movie "portrays chaos, cacophony and emptiness in today's world," added Pawlikowski, who is also the director of the Polish film "Ida" that won at the 2015 Oscars.

Shot in black and white, "Ida" is a haunting and controversial drama that lays bare the difficult legacy of the Nazi occupation of Poland and post-war Stalinist rule.

It tells the story of Ida, a young woman in 1960s communist Poland who discovers that she is Jewish -- and that her parents were murdered under Nazi occupation -- just as she is about to take her vows at a Catholic convent.


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