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.
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.
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).
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.
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.