The filming of French-Polish co-oproduction Innocent by Anne Fontaine (Coco Chanel, Perfect Mothers) has finished. The film's main protagonist, Mathilde Beaulieu, is a young woman on internship at the Polish unit of the French Red Cross in 1945. The unit searches for, cares for and repatriates victims saved from German concentration camps. One day, a Polish nun comes to the hospital and begs Mathilde to come to the nearby monastery. Mathilde's life and beliefs change forever when she founds out that multiple nuns living in the monastery are in advanced pregnancies.
Mathilde is played by Lou de Laâge (Respire, Jappeloup), twice nominated for César Award in the Most Promising Actress category (2014 and 2015). She is partnered by an ensemble of Polish actresses, with Agata Kulesza (Ida) as the abbess, as well as Agata Buzek (The Reverse) and Joanna Kulig (Sponsoring) as nuns, among others. The screenplay, based on a true story, was written by Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial, Anne Fontaine and Pascal Bonitzer, and cinematography was done by Caroline Champetier (Holy Motors, Of Gods and Men).
The film crew of Innocent have spent 7 weeks in Poland. The filming started in January in Orneta, 50 km north of Olsztyn. For the purpose of film production, the crew adapted the Marian sanctuary in Krosno for use as the monastery, and an old train station in Orneta to act as a French Red Cross hospital from before the 70s. Scenography was done by Joanna Macha, costumes by Katarzyna Lewińska, and make-up by Anna Nobel-Nobielska.
February 23, 2015. Oscar for "Ida"!
Innocent (photo by Anna Włoch / Aeroplan Film)
A great day for Polish cinema! "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski wins best foreign language Academy Award! Congratulations!
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January 25, 2015. Joanna Kulig on the cover of February edition of Twój Styl.
Joanna Kulig took part in a photo shoot for the cover of February edition of Twój Styl. The photo shoot was taken by Mateusz Stankiewicz. In an interview by Anna Jasińska, the actress talks about her work on the set of a new Polish-French movie by Anne Fontaine and about the role of Gensonina in Disco Polo by Maciek Bochniak. She also recalls her work with Ethan Hawke and Kristine Scott Thomas and the time when she has decided to be an independent actress.
January 15, 2015. Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski receives 2 Oscar nominations.
Ida is now a candidate for Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, while Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal have been nominated for Best Cinematography. Two more Polish movies have also received their Oscar nominations in the Best Short Documentary category: Joanna by Aneta Kopacz and Our Curse by Tomasz Śliwiński.
Ida, in which Joanna Kulig signs songs from the 60s, has received numerous prestigious film awards around the world, among them 6 European Film Awards including awards for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer and People's Choice Award.
For the film's official website visit www.ida-movie.com
December 24, 2014. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas full of love and warmth but also joy and laughter! And may your wishes come true in the New Year 2015. Kind regards, Joanna Kulig.December 8, 2014. Ida awarded by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association!
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their 2014 film awards: Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski was chosen as the Best Foreign Language feature and Agata Kulesza as the best Best Supporting Actress! Congratulations!
November 9, 2014. Ida nominated for European Film Awards.
Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, in which Joanna Kulig sings songs from the 60s, leads this year's European Film Award candidates with as many as five nominations: European Film, European Director, European Screenwriter, and two nominations in the European Actress category for Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska. The jury has also already awarded the Carlo Di Palma Prize for European Cinematographer to Ryszard Lanczewski and Łukasz Żal. Congratulations!
June 10, 2014. Joanna Kulig in new AXN mini-series Zbrodnia (Crime).
Joanna Kulig joined the cast of a three-episode AXN Poland mini-series about unresolved crimes, starring Magdalena Boczarska and Wojciech Zieliński. Filming has started on May 29 on the Hel Peninsula and the show will premiere in Autumn on AXN channel. Joanna will take on the role of Monika Krajewska, a young and attractive police constable. Together with officer Tomasz Nowiński (played by Wojciech Zieliński) they are working on solving a mysterious case on the Hel Peninsula.
Photo by AXN
October 21, 2013. Ida triumphs in London and Warsaw
Last Saturday, Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski triumphed in two European film festivals. It has won the Warsaw Grand Prix in the International Competition of the 29th Warsaw Film Festival and the Grand Prix of the London Film Festival. At WFF it also received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Earlier, Ida won the Golden Lion in Gdynia for the Best Polish Film and the FIPRESCI international critics' award at the festival in Toronto. Ida premieres in Poland on the 25th of October.
„It is a small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome. Ida is a drama that obliquely but candidly addresses the issues of Polish catholicism, antisemitism, the church and the state”, says Peter Bradshaw of the „Guardian”
Joanna Kulig in Ida sings Polish hits from the 60s.
See behind the scenes of the Harper's Bazaar Poland photoshoot. Joanna Kulig was all dressed up in Chanel, posing in the streets of Paris. Photographer: Piotr Stokłosa.
Joanna Kulig is on the cover of the September issue of the Polish edition of Harper's Bazaar. The magazine includes an interview and a photo session by Piotr Stokłosa, shot in Paris.
April 15, 2013. Joanna Kulig on the cover of the Polish edition of Elle magazine.
Joanna Kulig is on the cover of the April issue of Elle. This is the second double-cover issue of Elle. On the primary cover, Joanna Kulig appeared in a dress designed by Agnieszka Maciejak. A different version of the cover is available to the magazine's subscribers. Photos by Mateusz Stankiewicz/AFPhoto. Styling: Zuzanna Kuczyńska. Make-up: Sylwia Rakowska. Interview: Agnieszka Sztyler.
Photoshoot behind the scenes video: www.elle.pl/video/joanna-kulig-dla-elle-zobacz-kulisy-sesji
Polish Film Awards Orly 2013 ceremony took place yesterday at the National Theatre in Warsaw. Joanna Kulig won the Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Elles by Malgoska Szumowska. Photo by PAP/Leszek Szymanski..Lasting by Jacek Borcuch.
Lasting, directed by Jacek Borcuch, premieres in Poland. Starring: Jakub Gierszał, Magdalena Berus. Cinematographer: Michał Englert. Music: Daniel Bloom. The film's world premiere took place in January during Sundance Film Festival, where Michał Englert received the Award for Best Cinematography. The film premiered in Europe last week, during 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam. Lasting is a passionate story of an affair between Michał (Jakub Gierszał) and Karina (Magdalena Berus), who meet and fall in love while working in sunny Spain. The summer affair ends abruptly due to a dramatic incident, which will change the protagonists' lives forever. Joanna Kulig plays Karina's friend in the film.