Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Having grown up in a convent as an orphan since World War II, a young woman ventures out into 1960s Poland for the first time before taking her vows.
In 1962, Anna, an orphan who has lived in a convent her whole life is preparing to become a nun. Before she takes her vows, she discovers that she has an Aunt – perhaps her last living relative – who she feels obliged to visit.
Shot in a boxy Academy ratio frame in luminous black and white with an almost completely static camera, the experience of watching Ida is like carefully sifting through a box of old, heart-breaking photographs. For the viewer, we’re transported to 1960s Poland, but for Anna, who discovers her real name is Ida, she is placed on a journey of self-discovery, pursued by the dark shadow cast over her birth family by the 2nd World War.
For director Paweł Pawlikowski, Ida reflects his own return to the past. As a teenager he emigrated from Poland to the UK and Ida – his first film set in Poland – is his own return to his roots.
Ida was Poland’s official entry into the 87th Academy Awards where it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
4–10 Nov 2020
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How to watch
READ: How we made Ida: Paweł Pawlikowski on the journey from script to film
Paweł Pawlikowski, The Guardian, 22 Nov 2014
READ: Interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
Violet Lucca, Film Comment, 29 Apr 2014