WARSAW — Poland’s politicians, filmmakers and fans are rejoicing in the nation’s first ever foreign language movie Oscar for “Ida,” seeing it as a sign of the country’s coming of age.
President Bronislaw Komorowski said Monday the award is proof that democratic Poland is becoming an increasingly attractive country, with “valuable things to offer to the world.” The head of the Polish Filmmakers Association, Jacek Bromski, said the movie is “outstanding” and objective, which gave it universal appeal. Polish-British director Pawel Pawlikowski made “Ida” in black and white, using imagery of the 1960s. It plunges into World War II and the early years of communism, two dark chapters of Poland’s history, via a young Catholic nun who discovers she is Jewish. It was one of the critical hits of 2014.