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Showing: 10th April 2015 at 7:30 pm

Released: 7th September 2013 (TIFF)

26th September 2014 (UK)


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Poland  82 mins  Drama



Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski


Seamlessly weaving together the deeply resonant narratives of two wonderfully realized characters, IDA is a beautifully filmed meditation on identity set in Poland in 1962. 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. Naive, 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. Following his breakthrough films The Last Resort and BAFTA-award winning My Summer of Love, IDA marks Polish-born, British filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s first film set in his homeland.



American Society of Cinematographers, USA (Won – Spotlight Award, 2014), Camerimage (Won – Golden Frog, 2013), David di Donatello Awards (Nominated – Best European Film, 2014), European Film Awards (Won – Best Cinematographer, 2014)(6 nominations – Audience Award, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actress, Best Screenwriter, 2014), Gijón International Film Festival (4 wins – Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Gil Parrondo Award, Grand Prix Asturias, 2013), Golden Trailer Awards (Won – Best Foreign Drama, 2014), LUX Prize (Nominated – Lux Prize, 2014), Les Arcs European Film Festival (Won – Best Film, 2013), London Film Festival (Won – Best Film, 2013), Minsk International Film Festival (4 wins – Best Actress, Best Film, Art as Phenomenon, Best Cinematography, 2013), Nashville Film Festival (Won – Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize, 2014),  Polish Film Awards (3 wins – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, 2014)(3 nominations – Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, 2014), Polish Film Festival (4 wins – Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Golden Lion for Best Film, 2013), RiverRun International Film Festival (3 wins – Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, 2014), Sarasota Film Festival (Won – Jury Prize for Narrative Feature Competition Winner, 2014), Seattle International Film Festival (3rd place – Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress, 2014)(Nominated – Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director, 2014), Toronto International Film Festival (Won – International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations, 2013), Warsaw International Film Festival (2 wins – Ecumenical Jury Award, Grand Prix, 2013), Wiesbaden goEast (Won – SKODA Film Award, 2014)


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