Ida

"A film of exceptional artistry." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Ida

Ida

About the Film

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

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 a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Release Date: 05/02/14

Reactions

Critics' Pick! "One of the finest European films in recent memory." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"One of the best films of the year. Not to be missed." - George Robinson, The Jewish Week

"A new Polish masterpiece." - David Thomson, New Republic

"Bracing, beautifully wrought, and provocative." - J. Hoberman, Tablet

 "It haunted me. I can't wait to see it again." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

 "A compact gem of perfection. A total marvel." - Dana Stevens, Slate

 "Absolutely stunning, one of the year's best films” - Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

“Exquisite.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Riveting. Sublime." - Karin Badt, Huffington Post

“Richly sympathetic and deeply moving!  First-timer Agata Trzebuchowska is quietly compelling.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Toronto International Film Festival 2013 - International Critics Award, Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Winner! London Film Festival 2013 - Best Film
  • Winner! Warsaw Film Festival 2013 - Grand Prix
  • Winner! Polish Film Awards 2014 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Agata Kulesza), and Best Editing
  • Winner! Cinequest Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature: Drama
  • Winner! Sarasota Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature
  • Winner! RiverRun Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature

Cast & Crew

Cast

Wanda: Agata Kulesza
Ida/Anna: Agata Trzebuchowska
Lis: Dawid Ogrodnik
Szymon: Jerzy Trela
Feliks: Adam Szyszkowski
Mother Superior: Halina Skoczynska
Singer: Joanna Kulig
Kaska: Dorota Kuduk
Bronia: Natalia Lagiewczyk
Marysia: Afrodyta Weselak

Crew

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Screenplay: Pawel Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz 
Directors of Photography: Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski
Producers: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciot, Ewa Puszcynska
Production Design: Katarzyna Sobanska & Marcel Stawinski

Technical Info

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 05/02/14
Countries of Production: Poland
Languages: Polish
Running Time: 1h 20m
Screen Ratio: 1.37:1
Color: Black & White
Rating: PG-13

News & Press

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

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 (Agneta 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. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Toronto International Film Festival 2013 - International Critics Award, Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Winner! London Film Festival 2013 - Best Film
  • Winner! Warsaw Film Festival 2013 - Grand Prix
  • Winner! Polish Film Awards 2014 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Agata Kulesza), and Best Editing
  • Winner! Cinequest Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature: Drama
  • Winner! Sarasota Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature
  • Winner! RiverRun Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature

Reactions

Critics' Pick! "One of the finest European films in recent memory." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"One of the best films of the year. Not to be missed." - George Robinson, The Jewish Week

"A new Polish masterpiece." - David Thomson, New Republic

"Bracing, beautifully wrought, and provocative." - J. Hoberman, Tablet

 "It haunted me. I can't wait to see it again." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

 "A compact gem of perfection. A total marvel." - Dana Stevens, Slate

 "Absolutely stunning, one of the year's best films” - Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

“Exquisite.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Riveting. Sublime." - Karin Badt, Huffington Post

“Richly sympathetic and deeply moving!  First-timer Agata Trzebuchowska is quietly compelling.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Detailed Film Info

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

 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 a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.


 

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