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A still from Michał Szcześniak's Starting Point, photo: Studio Munka

Michał Szcześniak’s film, shortlisted for the Academy Award, is a story about crime and punishment, but also about the fear of freedom and its consequences.

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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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Aneta Kopacz, January 2013, photo: Krzysztof Kuczyk / Forum

It’s a story about the simplest life issues, which are life’s essence – said Aneta Kopacz, the director of Joanna – a documentary nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. Characters of the film are: a young woman dying from cancer, her husband and son.

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Still from Joanna, dir. Aneta Kopacz, 2013, photo source: Wajda Studio / promotional materials

Joanna is a documentary film about Joanna Sałyga directed by Aneta Kopacz. It was nominated in the Best Documentary Short category for the 2015 Oscars.

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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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Krzysztof Skonieczny, photo: Paweł Krzywicki

The year belonged to young, talented and curious directors and actors who aren't scared of artistic experimentation. Culture.pl presents the top 10 films of the past year.

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The documentary film Joanna tells a story of Joanna Sałyga, who ran the Headscarf blog, on which she would describe the last years of her life. The cancer-stricken woman had struggled for over two years to beat the disease – her blog was where she could give account of the struggle. She wrote about her family, the joy of life, love and fear.

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Joanna, a documentary by Aneta Kopacz, has won two awards at the Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Festival. Thanks to these awards, the film might be eligible for the Oscars in the documentary category.

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Urszula Grabowska, Sara Knothe, photo stopklatka.pl

Feature film directed by Feliks Falk, premiered November 2010.

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