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Poland | 2013 | 80 minutes | Pawel Pawlikowski

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Acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

May 16, 2014
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May 21, 2014
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Shy Anna, raised in a Polish convent, is just about to take her vows as a Catholic nun, when she shockingly learns that her real name is Ida, and that she’s actually Jewish. Ida is reunited with her tough Aunt Wanda, a diehard socialist ex-state prosecutor who was banished to the provinces. Wanda is a boozing, jazz-loving cynic, and is both amused and saddened by her naïve niece. Together Wanda and Ida take a road trip to find out about their relatives and attempt to understand their history. Out one evening in a hotel bar with her aunt, Ida meets a handsome young saxophonist (David Ogrodnik, Life Feels Good), and the possibilities of a life that Ida never considered begin to form in her mind. With Wanda’s influence, Ida moves towards a transformation. Set in the 1960s, themes of World War II serve as a backdrop to the meeting of the two women whose lives and fates were touched by war. Polish born director Pawlikowski, whose family came to England in his teens, likes to get under the skin of his characters. Stripped down to the bare minimum and shot in black-and-white, Pawlikowski’s style in Ida is a definitive tribute to Eastern/Central European film masters.

Director Biography

Pawel Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw and left Poland at 14 to study literature and philosophy at London and Oxford. He has made several documentaries and features, such as My Summer of Love, for which he won the Best Film award at the 2005 BAFTA awards. 

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Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Principal Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Country: Poland
Year: 2013
Running Time: 80 minutes
Producer: Ewa Puszczyńska, Eric Abraham, Christian Falkenberg Husum, Piotr Dzięcioł
Screenplay: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cinematographers: Łukasz Żal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Editors: Jarosław Kamiński
Music: Krystian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Polish Film Festival 2014 (Best Film, Director, Actress, Editing), Gdynia Film Festival 2013 (Grand Prize, Best Actress, Cinematography), Toronto Film Festival 2013 (FIPRESCI Award), London Film Festival 2013 (Best Film), Warsaw Film Festival 2013 (Grand Prize), Gijón Film Festival 2013 (Best Film, Actress, Screenplay), Sarasota Film Festival 2014 (Grand Jury Prize)
Filmography: The Woman in the Fifth (2011); My Summer of Love (2004); Last Resort (2000); The Stringer (1998); Twockers (Doc, 1998); Tripping with Zhirinovsky (Doc, 1994); Serbian Epics (Doc, 1992); Dostoevsky’s Travels (Doc, 1991); From Moscow to Pietushki (Doc, 1990); Extraordinary Adventures (1989); Vaclav Havel (1988); Lucifer Over Lancashire (Doc, 1987)
Language: Polish
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Format: DCP
US Distributor: Music Box Films
International Sales: Fandango Portobello
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