Polish with English subtitles, 2013, 80 minutes, b/w, Poland

Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed career includes both documentary work and features, among them Last Resort and My Summer of Love. But the award-winning Ida, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, is the first film he’s made in his native Poland.

Anna, an orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit Wanda, her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, Wanda reveals that Anna’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. So the two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history.

An astonishing work, both graceful and haunting, the film’s beautiful black-and-white imagery is so artfully composed that every frame belongs in an exhibition. The setting—a somber, 1960s Poland—suggests an austere combination of Catholicism, Communism, and the Holocaust, but Ida is vibrant and intimate, a subtle portrait of two fascinating, contrasting women: the sheltered Ida, who is exploring her faith, and Wanda, who—having seen the worst of humanity—has no faith left.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Producers: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczyńska, Christian Falkenberg Husum

Cinematographers: Łukasz Żal, Ryszard Lenczewski

Production Designers: Katarzyna Sobańska, Marcel Sławiński

Editor: Jarosław Kamiński

Costume Design: Aleksandra Staszko

Music: Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen

Principal Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik

About the Director

Award-winning filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw and settled in the United Kingdom in 1977. He started making documentaries in the mid-1980s, including From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoevsky’s Travels, and Tripping with Zhirinovsky. In 1998, Pawlikowski moved into fiction with Twockers, cowritten and directed with Ian Duncan and strongly rooted in his documentary experience. His full-length features Last Resort (2000) and My Summer of Love (2004) have won BAFTAs and numerous festival accolades.


1/21/2014 5:45 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 10:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City
1/25/2014 9:15 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC