Poland – drama – M – 80 mins
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, 1 more credit »
Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland. 18-year old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to take her vows 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, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider and former prosecutor, 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 heartwrenching journey by the two superbly evoked opposites, into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past. Ida is powerfully written, brilliantly directed, and eloquently shot in luminescent black and white. A beautiful, intimate, apparently simple story and by the end quite profound.