Oscar-Nominated 'Ida' Criticized in Poland

Foreign-Language Film

The nominees for foreign-language film are Ida (Poland), Leviathan (Russia), Tangerines (Estonia), Timbuktu (Mauritania) and Wild Tales (Argentina).

Nationalists accuse Pawel Pawlikowski's movie of historical inaccuracy.

Oscar-nominated Polish film Ida has been slammed by nationalists at home. Pawel Pawlikowski's movie is being accused of distorting historical facts.

The Polish nationalist organization Reduta Dobrego Imienia (Polish League Against Defamation) has launched a petition on its website accusing the movie of "failing to mention" the occupation of Poland by the Germans during World War II.

The petition, addressed to the Polish Film Institute, a publicly funded organization that provided some financing for the film, claims that Ida could spread a false belief that Poles "were the perpetrators of the Holocaust."

"Judgment of a film's artistic qualities is always subjective, but even the greatest artistic achievement is reduced to nothing if the truth is falsified," reads the petition.

The petition demands that information regarding the German occupation of Poland in 1939-1945 and about mass killings of Jews be added to the film.

Released in Poland in late 2013, Ida, the story of a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who discovers that her parents were Jewish and that they were murdered by the family that hid them from the Nazis, went on to collect a bouquet of awards on the international festival circuit.

It also earned a Golden Globe nomination and Oscar nominations for best foreign film and cinematography for its camera work by Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski.