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Poland, 2013, 82min, drama. Polish (English subtitles)
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Still from Ida'

Ida is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly. Depicting a sheltered young woman’s voyage of self-discovery, it has a clarity and compression reminiscent of the great films of the humanistic tradition.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphaned young noviate nun is ordered by the Mother Superior to visit her only living relative before her vows can be taken.

Anna travels to see her aunt Wanda, a cynical, worldly minor state judge and Communist Party insider known more commonly as Red Wanda and whose judicial decisions have sent many to prison. Wanda is abrupt and dismissive and informs her niece that her real name is Ida and that she is Jewish, “a Jewish nun” she quips attacking Anna’s innocence.

Haunted by her own past, the embittered, nihilistic Wanda finally agrees to take Anna to the village of her birth. This results in a remarkable journey into the stark, winter countryside where secrets both familial and national are darkly, inextricably intertwined. How will this journey into the past affect the promiscuous, alcoholic Wanda and the faith endowed, naïve Anna?

"For acclaimed director Pawlikowski this was no nostalgic journey home: With Ida he evocatively examines historical ghosts and grapples with the scars of communism and the Holocaust."
— Glenn Kenny, Globe and Mail

Screenshot from 'Ida''


With live music by Graham Ord.





Ida review – an eerily beautiful road movie. Review by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, September 2014.

An Innocent Awakened. Review in the New York Times, by A.O. Scott, May 2014.

Pawel Pawlikowski: ‘I was a lost guy in a weird city’ . Interview with the director by Tom Seymour in The Guardian, September 2014.



Nominated: Polish candidate for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category 2014.

Nominated: Golden Globe Award, Best Foreign Film, 2014.

Winner: Critic's Prize, Toronto International Film Festival 2013.

Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Cinematographer, European Film Academy 2014.


Poster from 'Ida'


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