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Ida

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Drama | 2013

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Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski

Synopsis: 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, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 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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Winner
Best Foreign Language Film
87th Academy Awards
2015
Winner
Best Film
London Film Festival
2013
Winner
Best Film
Warsaw Film Festival
2013
Winner
Critics' Prize
Toronto International Film Festival
2013
Winner
Golden Lion
Gdynia Polish Film Festival
2013
Official Selection
Sundance Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Telluride Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Gijòn International Film Festival
2013

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Kinopolska Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Torino Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Marrakech International Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Les Arcs International Film Festival
2013

Official Selection
Angers Film Festival
2014

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International Film Festival Rotterdam
2014

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New York Jewish Film Festival
2014

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Glasgow Film Festival
2014

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Belgrade Film Festival
2014

Official Selection
International Film Festival Vilnius
2014

Official Selection
Hong Kong International Film Festival
2014

Official Selection
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
2014

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RiverRun International Film Festival
2014

Official Selection
Nashville Film Festival
2014

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Montclair Film Festival
2014

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Seattle International Film Festival
2014

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival
2014

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Sarajevo Film Festival
2014

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Zsidó Nyári Fesztivál
2014

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Baltic Pearl Film Festival
2014

Official Selection
Manaki Brothers Festival Bitola
2014

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Helsinki International Film Festival
2014

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Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
2014

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Haifa Film Festival
2014

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SANFIC Film Festival
2014

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Morelia International Film Festival
2014

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Windsor International Film Festival
2014

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Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2014

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QCinema International Film Festival
2014

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Stockholm International Film Festival
2014

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Arras Film Festival
2014

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Cinedays Film Festival
2014

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Bengaluru International Film Festival
2014

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Palm Springs International Film Festival
2015

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Beijing International Film Festival
2015

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EU Film Days
2015

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Duhok International Film Festival
2015

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Cine Europa Film Festival
2015

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Poland Film Festival
2015

Official Selection
Biografilm Festival
2017