Polish films are reaching increasingly wider audience: critic

With only a few days left before the 92nd Academy Awards, PolandIN spoke with film critic and film festival selector Magdalena Maksimiuk about the Polish nominee in the Best International Feature Film category, Corpus Christi, its chances for winning an Oscar and the life and portfolio of the movie’s director, Jan Komasa.

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Over the last ten years, Polish films have been nominated four times for an Academy Award. Magdalena Maksimiuk believes that it is the beginning of a brand new start for the country’s movie industry, as its productions are being discovered and acknowledged more and more around the globe.

PolandIN’s guest pointed out that prior to the previous decade Polish people considered their productions “only good for the Poles”, that would become great domestic box-office hits, but not become recognised abroad. Now, when new movies by Polish gifted directors are getting positive publicity worldwide, the tide seems to have changed.

However, not only Polish directors are rising to global prominence. Białystok-born actor Bartosz Bielenia is one of the most promising up-and-coming amongst a new wave of performers. His leading role in Corpus Christi has already seen him receive numerous awards at various film festivals.

The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 9. The only Polish production to find success in the Best International Feature Film category was “Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski back in 2015.