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Polish Directors’ Guild Expresses ‘Outrage’ at Public Television Network’s Attack on Oscar-Winning Film ‘Ida’

29 February 2016 7:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Polish Directors’ Guild has written a letter to express its sense of “outrage” at the decision by Poland’s public broadcaster Tvp to screen a program strongly critical of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning film “Ida” immediately before the film aired Thursday on TVP2.

The 12-minute program, titled “Around ‘Ida,’” is composed of clips from the film and monologues by two Tvp commentators — film critic Krzysztof Klopotowski of Tvp Kultura and historian Piotr Gursztyn of Tvp Historia — and Maciej Swirski of the Polish Anti-Defamation League, which campaigns against perceived attacks on Poland’s reputation. In it they claim that the story told in “Ida” is historically inaccurate, and presents an overly negative picture of Polish people’s actions during the Nazi Occupation.

Swirski stated: “If a film is to be part of a nation’s catharsis it should have a meaning that Polish people agree with.” He added: “You »

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