Polish film industry figures join American Film Academy fame

The world-famous Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just got some new Polish blood, namely the director of “Corpus Christi” Jan Komasa, scriptwriter Mateusz Pacewicz and editor Przemysław Chruscielewski.

Among the other latest Polish additions to the Academy is “Cold War” casting director Magdalena Szwarcbart.

The Polish Film Institute wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that "four Poles are among the 819 new members of the American Film Academy."

The two pearls of Polish cinematography

Having premiered in 2019, “Corpus Christi” tells the story of 20-year-old Daniel (played by Bartosz Bielenia), who, during his time in a youth detention facility, starts to dream about becoming a priest. After being conditionally released in order to start working at a sawmill, he instead avails himself of an opportunity to impersonate a village priest. He befriends a local parish priest, who asks him to carry out pastoral care while he is away on sick leave.

The movie swept across the Polish movie scene winning multiple awards and gaining undisputed acclaim among domestic critics.

Bartosz Bielenia was also awarded by the European Film Promotion (EFP) for the title Shooting Star 2020, an honour for up-and-coming acting talents from across Europe who are on the brink of international recognition.

The movie “Cold War” was directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, it follows the story of two mismatched lovers of different temperaments and backgrounds whose complex and nigh-on impossible relationship is written in destiny. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the story revolves around a tour by the popular Polish folk music and dance ensemble Mazowsze, which was originally founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Polish post-war communist government in 1948.

Released in 2018, the film has received many awards, including the Golden Lions award for Best Film at the 43rd Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia. Mr Pawlikowski also won the Best Director Award at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival and Cold War was named Best European Film at Spain's Goya Awards in 2019. The film was also Oscar-nominated in three categories of the 2019 Academy Awards.

In June 1927, the American Academy of Film Arts and Sciences appointed 293 artists representing five disciplines. In 2018, the organisation numbered around 8,000 members from several branches of the industry.

Currently, there are over 9,000 members in the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Every year, new members are appointed on June 30. This year, 819 people from 68 countries were invited.

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