July 2014

Ida

2014 Poland   1hr 20min   Drama  Rated PG-13

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 196os Poland, who on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing tp 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 here real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. The revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside and makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.