“Ida,” the celebrated film from Paweł Pawlikowski and winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film this year, has already been seen by over half a million people both in France and the U.S.
In Germany, it has been seen by fewer than 20,000 moviegoers.
“Body,” a film by Malgorzata Szumowska that won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale film festival, has not been able to find a distributor for Germany.
It would appear that Germans haven’t yet realized that some of the most exciting movies around at the moment are from its neighbor Poland.
Poland has a strong movie-making heritage. In the early 1960s, its films were considered the equal of Western productions. Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water” is regarded as the epitome of Polish filmmaking.