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Kadr z filmu "Bogowie", reż. Łukasz Palkowski. Na zdjęciu: Tomasz Kot, fot.: Jarosław Sosiński / Watchout Productions / NEXT FILM

Thanks to Turkish Airlines’ participation in the project Picture Poland, which promotes Polish cinema on commercial aircrafts, their passengers will now be able to watch the best of Polish cinema free of charge during their flight.

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Paweł Pawlikowski with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 22, 2015, photo: Lucy Nicholson / REUTERS / Forum

Culture.pl takes a look back at the best of 2015 when it came to film, visual arts, literature, theatre, music and design originating from Poland.

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11 Minutes – the latest film from Jerzy Skolimowski – will be in the Main Competition of this year’s Venice Film Festival. Piotr Chrzan’s Klezmer will debut at the 12th edition of Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori).

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Paweł Pawlikowski on the set of The Woman in the Fifth, photo: Jean-Claude Lother / SPI International Polska

I was really surprised to learn that this film works – because it’s universal – in so many contexts. People realised that this is about something bigger than historical explanation or some specifically Polish issues - says Paweł Pawlikowski, the director of the Oscar-awarded film Ida.

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Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal against the film set for Ida during a workshop for students of the Film School in Łódź, photo: Mikołaj Zacharow / Reporter / East News

Cinematographer, winner of the Golden Lion Award, the European Film Award and the BAFTA Award. Received an Oscar nomination for Ida. Born 5th June, 1948.

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Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first Polish film to receive an award in this category.

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Łukasz Żal, photo: Michał Zacharow / Reporter East News

Łukasz Żal, born 24th June, 1981, is one of the most talented young cinematographers in Poland. His work on Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, the most spectacular cinematographic debut in many years, was nominated for an Academy Award for Cinematography.

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Captions from Leviathan by Andrei Zvyagintsev, the main rical of Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida in the 2015 Academy Awards competition. The Film tells the story of a family's struggle against corrupt authority

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Agata Trzebuchowska in Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, photo: Gdynia Film Festival

A Polish coming to terms with the Holocaust, or an anti-Putin drama about a Russian Hiob? A terrifying image of Islamist fundamentalism in Timbuktu, a pacifist Tangerines from Estonia, or perhaps a crazy Argentine black comedy drama, Wild Stories? It has been a long time since the Oscar competition was so marked by politics. Will the latter give in to art this time?

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Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, won a prestigious Spanish Goya award for the best European film. Statuettes were presented during an evening gala, which took place on the 7th of February in Madrid.

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A still from Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, photo: TIFF

Yet another fact proving that Ida has a universal overtone, reaching audiences around the world – Ewa Puszczyńska, the film’s producer, has commented on the César nomination, an award presented by The French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques.

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The film which has wowed audiences worldwide and garnered international critical acclaim, including an impressive number of awards and nominations, including for the Oscars, has provoked furious discussion in Poland, earning such labels as anti-Polish and anti-Semitic. What is it about Ida that made this movie such a contested issue in Poland?

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Agata Kulesza, who was crowned best supporting actress by LAFCA this year, describes the challenges of playing Ida's troubled aunt in the eponymous feature film Ida, nominated for two Academy Awards in 2015.

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The complete list of films submitted for this year’s Oscar for best foreign language film has been announced. Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida is one of the favourites in this category. Ida is not a movie about the Holocaust, the culpability of the Polish people, or the Stalinist terror that marked post-war Polish history. These themes are present and extremely important, but they serve as a backdrop to the story that centres on the meeting of two very different personalities. The real focus of film is on choosing your own way of life and realising and verifying your identity. Agata Trzebuchowska, who...

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Poland boasts no less than five nominations for an Academy Award this year. Ida twice is nominated, in the Cinematography category and Best Foreign Film category . Our Curse and Joanna are both nominated in the Best Documentary Short category, and so is Maleficent, in the Best Costume Design category (Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard).

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Still from Ida, dir. Paweł Pawlikowski, photo: Opus Film

Paweł Pawlikowski's film received two nominations from the most important British film award. Ida could obtain the statuette for the best film not in the English language and Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski could receive the award for the best cinematography.

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Foreigners of the Oscars, Istanbul Modern, event poster

As the Academy Awards are approaching, Istanbul Modern Cinema offers a unique selection titled “The Foreigners of the Oscars”, bringing together candidates for “Best Foreign Language Film.” On 15th and 17th Januarry 2015, Paweł Pawlikowski's Golden Globe nominee Ida (2013) will be on view for Turkish audiences.

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A shot from the film Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, phot. Opus Film

Ida has won the 2014 LUX Prize, granted by the European Parliament to films which encourage discussion on values important to the European Union.

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Still from Paweł Pawlikowski's "Ida", 2013. Pictured: Agata Trzebuchowska, photo: CAP/NFS / Forum

It was Ida's night. At the 27th European Film Awards ceremony, Ida took home 5 awards, making it the biggest winner of the evening – Best Director, Best Screenplay for Paweł Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Best Cinematography – Prix Carlo di Palma for Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski, and above all: Best Film and the People's Choice Award.

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Agata Trzebuchowska and Dawid Ogrodnik in Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, photo: Gdynia Film Festival

Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski's latest and wildly successful feature film about a nun who unexpectedly discovers she is Jewish, has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Film category.

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