At our 2014 Festival, Ida made its Atlanta premiere. This year, the excellence that we saw in the film when selecting it for the festival, was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by being presented with the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Other nominees in this category included Leviathan (Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev), Tangerines (Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze),Timbuktu (Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako), and Wild Tales (Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron).
About the Film Ida
Bestowed with countless accolades on the international film festival circuit, Ida is an exploration of personal and national reckoning as told through the story of a young novitiate nun in early 1960s Communist Poland.
The angel-faced Anna (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is on the brink of taking her vows when the Mother Superior insists she make contact with her only living relative. Venturing from the rural convent to Warsaw, the emotionally remote Anna is met by her boozy, free-living aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), an embittered ex-prosecutor of so-called enemies of the state. An offhand revelation about Anna’s true identity sets in motion a road trip through the Polish countryside during which these two strikingly different characters confront family secrets and postwar demons.
Utilizing a square aspect ratio, and austere black-and-white imagery, director Paweł Pawlikowski has artfully crafted a cathartic journey of self-discovery, which is tender and bleak, droll and sad. Ecumenical Jury Award and Grand Prix winner at the Warsaw International Film Festival; Best Film winner at the BFI London Film Festival; and International Critics’ Award winner at the Toronto International Film Festival.
See the Film
Ida is available on Netflix, Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes. It will also screening at the Plaza Atlanta Theatre this week. For times and theater details, please visit their website.