Two Polish co-productions have a chance for an Oscar nomination in the Documentary Feature Film category. The final five will be announced on 23 January.

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In the Rearview is a gripping social documentary and an authentic portrait of human migration, where most of the film takes place in the back seat of a van which the director had used to transport more than 400 Ukrainians to safety. Among the many cinematic depictions of war that have been – and will be – created, In the Rearview is simply a collection of moving stories, shown without unnecessary fanfare and extraneous narration. And most importantly, it brims with hope.

In turn, Apolonia, Apolonia tells the story of the director's encounters with the titular artist.When Lea Glob met Apolonia Sokol in 2009, she seemed to be leading a wonderful, almost fairy-tale life. The talented Apolonia was born in an underground theatre in Paris and grew up among artists. At the age of 20, she was studying at Beaux-Arts de Paris – one of the most prestigious art academies in Europe. Over the years, Lea Glob has been returning to film the charismatic Apolonia, and a special bond has formed between the two young women.

You can check out the full shortlist here.