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Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida, 2013


3 Oct 201411 Mar 2015

★★★★★ 'It is a small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

★★★★ 'richly sympathetic and deeply moving' TimeOut

★★★★ ''[Lukasz Zal’s] black and white visuals are sublime, with every single frame worthy of being hung on a wall' Cine-Vue

This haunting BAFTA 2015 winner (best film not in the English language) from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) begins as Anna (Trzebuchowska), a teenage novitiate nun, is about to take her final vows in a rural convent. Fate intervenes when her hard-living, hard-drinking aunt (Kulesza) persuades the Mother Superior to let Anna visit her in Gdansk – whereupon her true identity as IDA is revealed, and in their different ways the two women face some unsettling realities.

Filming for the first time in his homeland, Pawlikowski uses gritty monochrome and an almost square screen format to successfully evoke the bleakness and anxiety of the Communist era. The two leads, especially the luminous newcomer Trzebuchowska, perfectly convey the quietly complex emotions with which their characters struggle.

Ida UK trailer - in cinemas and on demand 26 September

Ida, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark 2013, 82 mins, Polish with English subtitles, cert 12A

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