Polish documentary film "Joanna" directed by Aneta Kopacz has been nominated for the most prestigious awards in the field of documentary film - Cinema Eye Honors.

12th of November, during CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen, Cinema Eye Honors nominations were announced. Polish documentary  "Joanna" (2013, 40') by Aneta Kopacz produced by Wajda Studio, was one out of five nominated titles in the short category. Winners of the 8th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image.

So far, "Joanna" has been screened at more than 30 festivals all over the world and won over 20 awards, including the Best Documentary Short award in Palm Springs, Silver Eye Award in Jihlava, Prize of the Youth Jury in Leipzig, Special Mention at DocsBarcelona, Audience Award at Warsaw Film Festival and many others.  Lately "Joanna"  has also made it to the short list of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Documentary Short Subject.

"The unique thing about 'Joanna' is the subtle vision of the director. There is no narration to tell the viewer how to feel or what to experience. And this approach, which punctuates the things not said becomes a very powerful experience for the viewer." wrote Kay Shackleton at examiner.com

With great visual poetry, 'Joanna' portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

The film was shot by one of the most talented young cinematographers Łukasz Żal, and the music was composed by Oscar(R)-winning Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.

The film was produced by Wajda Studio, co-produced by the Polish National Audiovisual Institute, and sponsored by Codemedia. "Joanna" was developed within the DOK PRO Documentary Programme run by Wajda School, under the supervision of distinguished Polish documentary filmmakers: Marcel Łoziński, Jacek Bławut and Vita Żelakeviciute.

A full list of films nominated for Cinema Eye Honors can be found here.

[source: Wajda Studio press release]