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Polish Film Institute Chief Celebrates as ‘Ida’ Becomes First Polish Movie to Win Foreign-Language Film Oscar

LONDON — Polish Film Institute chief Agnieszka Odorowicz has lauded the Oscar win for Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” as recognition of the “strength and originality of Polish cinema.”

The film, which was co-financed by the PFI, is the first Polish movie to win an Academy Award in the foreign-language film category. The victory coincides with the PFI’s 10th anniversary.

“The Academy recognized the strength and the originality of Polish cinema. I am very happy tonight, and I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to the filmmakers,” Odorowicz said. “The fact that a Polish film received this Academy Award also serves as a beautiful and symbolic crowning of 10 years of Polish Film Institute activity in supporting Polish cinema.”

Nine Polish films have been nominees in the Oscar’s foreign-language film category, most recently Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness” in 2011, and Andrzej Wajda’s “Katyn” in 2007.

“Ida” was co-produced by Poland’s Opus Film and Denmark’s Phoenix Film, in cooperation with Portobello Pictures, Phoenix Film Polska and Canal+ Polska. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, the Danish Film Institute, the Lodz Film Fund, and the Media Program.

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