Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Grundy Art Gallery
Year: 2014 Running Time: 82
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes the breathtakingly beautiful, Oscar-winning Ida. A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
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 is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human.
- 2014 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
- 2015 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
- 2015 BAFTA winner for Best Film Not in the English Language
- 2014 European Film Awards winner – European Film
- 2014 European Film Awards winner – European Director
This film has been selected to compliment the exhibition Companions, which is also on display at the Grundy Art Gallery (free admission).