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Ida

Directed By: Pawel Pawlikowski | 2014 | 1 hr. 20 min. | rated PG-13

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A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

 

 

CRITICS’ PICK! –  “One of the finest European films in recent memory.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“A film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“This rigorous beautiful black-and-white drama of early-’60s Poland is an art film in the best sense.”
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Rendered compellingly in black-and-white.”
– VILLAGE VOICE

“The film is both delicate and unforgettable.”
– NEW YORK POST

“Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness.”
– WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Everyone is on a voyage of self-discovery in Ida – the two central characters certainly, but also Poland-born, Britain-based director Pawel Pawlikowski, making his first film in the homeland he left at 14.”
– NPR

“Within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“There’s an urgency to Ida’s simple, elemental story that makes it seem timely, or maybe just timeless.”
– SLATE

“This is solemn filmmaking, devoutly restrained and unshakably purposeful. We expect its austerity to fend us off, but no; it gathers us in and forbids us to look away.”
– NEW YORKER

“One of the best films of the year. Not to be missed.”
– THE JEWISH WEEK

“A new Polish masterpiece.”
– NEW REPUBLIC

“Absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films”
– THE PLAYLIST

“Riveting. Sublime.”
– HUFFINGTON POST