Pawel Pawlikowski's Accidental "Ida" Discovery

LONDON--The Polish Twittersphere went slightly mad on January 15. Not only had the film “Ida”been nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, but Poland’s entry also had been nominated in the category for Best Cinematography.…
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Warsaw's Leto Gallery Nurtures Young Artists

WARSAW, Poland — As with so many really good and really bad ideas, this one was conceived over a few beers. Marta Kolakowska was sitting one evening in the upstairs office of her Warsaw art gallery, Leto, with two of her artists, Radek Szlaga…

Marina Abramovic is Present(ly) in London

LONDON--Marina Abramovic tells really funny dirty jokes. Maybe it is because the self-proclaimed grandmother of performance art has made a career out of timing, but she tells her jokes—too racy to print—with great delivery and panache. This…

Biljana Srbljanovic: An Interview

LONDON-- Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanovic, 43, has built a reputation for dramatizing political and controversial subjects. Her latest piece “This Grave Is Too Small For Me,” which premiered at Vienna’s Schauspielhaus last October…

Poland's Lost and Stolen Art

WARSAW, POLAND — The Division of Looted Art at Poland’s Ministry of Culture is a small office with a big mandate. Since 1992, the four-person unit has been charged with collecting and digitizing information about the more than 63,000 objects…

Interview with Roman Polanski on the Lodz Film School

LONDON--I interviewed Roman Polanski last October about his time at Poland's Lodz Film School for a story I was doing for the International New York Times on the school's 65th anniversary. He had some interesting things to say about his time…

Serbian Fashion On the Rise

BELGRADE--- Salma Hayek took her time looking though the racks at Supermarket, Belgrade’s first concept fashion store. The Mexican-born actress was in the Serbian capital in 2013 filming a thriller and on a free day she decided to peruse what…

An Interview with Serb Designer Dejan Despotovic

LONDON--I am currently writing a fairly large piece about the Belgrade fashion scene and have interviewed a ton of interesting--and introspective--designers from Serbia. Unfortunately because of space, I cannot use all the quotes but wanted…

A Film School With a Sense of Place

LODZ, Poland — Andac Karabeyoglu, a third-year student at the Lodz Film School, sat in a campus cafe on a recent day and explained why she had come all the way from her home in Ankara to study in Poland. Part of the draw, she said, was…

"Something unique and strange in some crazy corner of Europe"

PRIZREN, KOSOVO—I had a drama of my own trying to get down to Prizren to meet with directors of DokuFest. My cab driver, who spoke no English and who kept trying to speak with me in German, seemed lost and confused, just driving around Pristina.…