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even though director tried to make it a flop
NEW YORK Pawel Pawlikowski tried to make his film a flop. He shot it in black and white, in Polish and without any well known actors. Commercial prospects were about as grim as the movie’s own exhumation of German occupied Poland.
“We did everything to make canada goose outlet black friday it inaccessible,” says Pawlikowski. “Not for any stupid reasons, but, like, ‘Let’s make a really uncompromising film: a Polish canada goose coats on sale speaking film in black and white with nothing to lose.”‘
And yet canada goose outlet store “Ida” has become arguably the foreign film hit of the year. It won best picture and three other awards at the European Film Awards; it swept its native Polish Film Awards; it was honoured as best foreign film by both New canada goose factory sale York and Los Angeles official canada goose outlet film critics groups; and now it’s a two time Oscar nominee, up for best foreign film and best cinematography.
“It backfired,” Pawlikowski says with a delighted grin. canada goose outlet toronto factory “It confirms all my theories that I never believed in.”
Despite his best efforts to make, he chuckles, “an impregnable art house movie with unknowns,” “Ida” has mesmerized moviegoers around the world with its beautifully spare images, its deliberate pacing and its uncommon economy of storytelling. (It’s just 82 minutes, or roughly half of a “Hobbit” movie.)
Set in 1961 Stalinist Poland, “Ida,” written by English born playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, is canada goose outlet sale about an orphan novice, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), who canada goose outlet online uk is sent to meet her judge aunt (Agata Kulesza) before taking her orders. It’s a journey from innocent to experience: Anna learns her real name is Ida and that she’s Jewish.
For many, “Ida” represents the power of a classical, stripped down cinema, distilled back to its raw elements with electric compositions and resonate silences. David Denby of The New Yorker called the film “by far the best movie of the year” (a ranking admittedly shared by this critic).
“It strikes some bigger chord,” says Pawlikowski. buy canada goose jacket cheap “People are hungry for something that doesn’t do this kind of look at me noise making. A film that’s also a bit of a meditation.”
In a recent interview, Pawlikowski, though hobbled by a cold, cheap Canada Goose was both ebullient and bemused by the movie’s unexpected canada goose clearance success. “Ida” first premiered inauspiciously at 2013 Telluride Film Festival (one of the first trade reviews turned out to be one of the few negative ones) and the rollout wasn’t aided by the usual funnels of international cinema. After the Venice Film Festival turned it down, “I thought to hell with festivals,” says Pawlikowksi.
Instead, “Ida” slowly gathered canada goose outlet in usa force with moviegoers; the Oscars are just the final stop.
“I’ve overshot canada goose outlet nyc the mark canada goose black friday sale so far,” he laughs. “Now https://www.rkliedtke.de it’s just abstract. Why not?”
Pawlikowski, 57, isn’t a dyed in the wool art house filmmaker, and the witty, chatty director conveys little of the heavy austerity of his movie. His last film, “The Woman in the Fifth,” set in Paris, starred Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas. His acclaimed 2004 British drama, “My Summer Love,” starred a then unknown Emily Blunt.
He’s recently returned to Warsaw, which he left as a teenager. But Pawlikowski, who has two 20 something canada goose outlet online children, has mostly lived in London and Paris. He teaches directing and screenwriting in between sporadically making films. He calls himself “culturally incoherent.”
“I’m not a full time filmmaker,” he says. “I live a life, a quite complicated life since canada goose outlet I left Poland at 14 not speaking any other languages. Films are kind of a reflection of where I am at the time. I have to canada goose outlet live for a bit and then make a film.”
At a time when many filmmakers mistake running time for ambition, none of Pawlikowski’s films have exceeded 90 minutes. He has, he says, “a natural tendency to synthesize.” On “Ida” he was contracted to turn in a film at least 1 1/2 hours long, but there were no quibbles when he came in shorter.
“I wanted to make a film where you suggest as much as possible by showing as little as possible,” he says.
It’s a homecoming. Pawlikowski has moved just down the block from where he grew up. The black and white, 4 by 3 academy ratio look of “Ida” was also canada goose outlet Canada Goose Online reviews inspired by old buy canada goose jacket family photographs and what he calls their “slightly incompetent framing.”
During production, he began tilting the camera up to the sky, filling the frame with grey skies and adding to the movie’s vertical spiritual perspective. The original cinematographer, Ryszard Lenczewski, didn’t like the idea, and left the film. The camera operator, Lukasz Zal, took over. (The two share in the Oscar nomination.)
The off centre images are part of why “Ida” is a very classical looking film, but distinctly its own. It’s nostalgic but fresh.
“Every year there are these films that make you step back and go, ‘It’s cheap canada goose uk still alive,”‘ he says of a personal, handmade cinema. “But somebody has to keep it alive.”.