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LONDON–PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI HAS a terrible cold, and it’s little wonder. The 57-year-old Polish director and screenwriter has for several months been traveling the world promoting “Ida,” his Oscar-nominated film centered around a young novice nun who was raised as an orphan in a Catholic convent and discovers, on the verge of taking her vows, that she comes from a Jewish family with a tragic past. Read more

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. There were ecstatic comments by proud Poles (and other fans of the film) that this award was competing against the big Hollywood guns for the prize. The film, shot in black and white with the vast majority of the scenes using only one angle, does have a masterpiece quality to it, feeling very art house and intimate. Set in the early 1960s in post-war communist Poland, the film is based around a young novice nun who learns that she is Jewish and her family were killed during the war. Read more

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LONDON–Richard Armitage is known for his controlled and stoic performances, so it’s rather disconcerting—and funny—to get an excited and happy yelp out of the 43-year-old British actor. Read more

Skuespiller Birgitte Hjort Sørensen.

LONDON–LAST MONTH, WHILE most of her fellow Danes were off on vacation, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen was nesting in Copenhagen. “For me, this is the greatest holiday, being at home,” she says. Little wonder, considering the past two years have been a whirlwind for the actress, who gained international recognition as the hard-nosed journalist Katrine Fønsmark in the popular and acclaimed Danish political drama “Borgen.” Read more

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SERBIAN PLAYWRIGHT Biljana Srbljanovic has 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 and has been part of the company’s repertoire all season (the next production is June 16), is no exception. Focused on Gavrilo Princip and his friends in the weeks leading up to his assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, the play has inspired rave reactions from audiences in Graz, Belgrade and Sarajevo as well as at Berlin’s Schauuehne Theater (where it will be staged again June 2-3). It will be produced in Lyon and Prague in the fall. Based in Belgrade and Paris, Ms. Srbljanovic, 43, recently spoke to us about the play, the constraints of commissioned work and being a theatrical version of Pussy Riot. Read more