from Met Film School.
As the post-Oscars haze now truly kicks in, and the Internet sets about highlighting the Academy’s decision-making strengths and shortcomings, a category far too often overlooked is the best Foreign Language Film. This year saw Polish film Ida take home the golden statuette; the story of a young nun in the 1960s – played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska – who discovers she is of Jewish descent while in preparation to take her holy orders. The film has drawn approving comparisons to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, as well as some new wave features.
However, the journey to becoming the first Polish film to win the prestigious award was not without healthy competition. The Russian film Leviathan, which has proven equally controversial on home soil, has presented a strong battle with Ida, winning a BAFTA earlier in the month. Such equally strong contenders through this year’s award season has also reflected well on the BFI London Film Festival who, in their last two years, presented both nominated films with their Best Film prize.
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