Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, who has garnered two Oscar nominations for his film "Ida", is photographed in West Hollywood, California January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas
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The stark black-and-white film swept the European Film Awards in December and is one of the favorites to win the best foreign-language picture at the Academy Awards later this month.Pawlikowski, 57, who emigrated from Poland at age 14 before settling in Britain in 1977, spoke to Reuters about why he did not want to film in color, the movie's success and how it became a political football in Poland.Q: So why choose to make 'Ida' in black and white?A: There's the obvious reason that I remember that period in black and white, and because films at that time were black and white ... But more importantly is that I wanted to make it an abstract film. Q: For a foreign film, it also surprisingly earned an Oscar nomination for cinematography.
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