IDA: Pawlikowski’s New Film

Following his breakthrough films The Last  Resort and BAFTA-award winning My Summer of Love, IDA marks Polish-born, British  writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski’s first film set in his homeland, Poland, circa 1962.

Anna (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is a beautiful  eighteen-year-old woman, preparing to become a nun at the convent where she has  lived since orphaned as a child. She learns she has a living relative she must s sister Wanda. Her aunt, she learns,  is not only a former hard-line Communist state prosecutor notorious for  sentencing priests and others to death, but also a Jew. Anna learns from her aunt that she too is Jewish – and that her real name is Ida.

This revelation sets Anna, now Ida, on a journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth  about her family. Together, the two women embark on a voyage of discovery of  each other and their past. Ida has to choose between her birth identity and the religion that saved her from the massacres of the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Wanda must confront decisions she made during the War when she chose loyalty to the cause before family.

Released by: Music Box  Films

Running time: 80 minutes