Synopsis

Pawel Pawlikowski's critically acclaimed Ida is a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who 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. Naiive, 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. With this beautifully directed Oscar winning drama, 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.

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Director

Pawel Pawlikowski
Pawel Pawlikowski is a Polish-born, UK-based, BAFTA-winning filmmaker. He was born in Warsaw but left Poland at the age of 14 to live in Germany and Italy, before moving to the UK in 1977. He studied literature and philosophy at London and Oxford and started making films in the mid 1980s. Pawel’s early work was in documentaries for the BBC. His best known documentaries from that period include From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoevsky’s Travels, Serbian Epics and Tripping with Zhirinovsky which between them won an Emmy International, Prix Italia, the Grierson and two Royal Television Society Awards alongside many other prizes around the festival circuit. In 1998 Pawlikowski moved into fiction with the small budget made-for-TV film Twockers, which he co-wrote and directed with Ian Duncan and is strongly rooted in his early experience with documentary. This was followed by two full length features, Last Resort and My Summer of Love, both of which he wrote and directed and which both won BAFTAs, as well as other awards at festivals around the world. Director’s statement: Ida is a film about identity, family, faith, guilt, socialism and music. I wanted to make a film about history, which wouldn’t feel like a historical film; a film which is moral, but has no lessons to offer; I wanted to tell a story in which everyone has their reasons; a story closer to poetry than plot. Most of all, I wanted to steer clear of the usual rhetoric of the Polish cinema. The Poland in Ida is shown by an outsider with no axe to grind, filtered through personal memory and emotion, the sounds and images of childhood…

Cast

Agata Kulesza: Wanda Agata Trzebuchowska: Anna Dawid Ogrodnik: Lis Jerzy Trela: Szymon


Crew

Pawel Pawlikowski: Director / writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz: Writer

Details

DVD catalogue number: ART724DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART135BD

Awards

2014 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
2015 Oscar winner 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

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GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski

CAST:
Agata Kulesza: Wanda
Agata Trzebuchowska: Anna
Dawid Ogrodnik: Lis
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CREW:
Pawel Pawlikowski: Director / writer
Rebecca Lenkiewicz: Writer
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DURATION: 82 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Denmark, Poland, UK

LANGUAGES: French, Latin, Polish

AWARDS:
2014 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
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