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Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: It is expected that this film is fully subtitled. 
Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski 
Starring: Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza  
An image from Ida

Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a young woman about to take her vows as a Catholic nun in 1960’s Poland. She is told to discuss her history with her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), who reveals that she was orphaned as an infant in World War II. To add to the shock, she learns that her birth name is Ida Lebenstein and her parents were Jewish. The two commence a road trip into the countryside and discover the fate of Ida’s family. This is the first Polish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and rightfully so with it’s portrayal of Stalinism and the Holocaust in beautifully shot black & white cinematography. The two leading ladies deliver jaw-dropping performances in Paweł Pawlikowski’s masterpiece; echoing films of the the French New Wave, this is a must-see for cinephiles.

Jonatan Benarroch

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Screenings of this film:

2015/2016 Autumn Term (digital)