Holocaust film ‘Ida’ wins Oscar
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Holocaust film ‘Ida’ wins Oscar

Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski accepting the Best Foreign Language Film Award for 'Ida' during the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 2015. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski accepting the Best Foreign Language Film Award for “Ida” during the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 2015. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — “Ida,” a Polish film about a Catholic novitiate who discovers she is the Jewish child of Holocaust victims, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski collected the Oscar at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The  spare black-and-white drama, set in Poland in 1962, won international plaudits, but also drew criticism in Poland for its portrayal of Polish complicity in the sins of the Holocaust.

The film was personally significant for Pawlikowski, whose paternal grandmother was killed at Auschwitz.