Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski (80min, Poland, 2013) 
In Polish with English Subtitles
DC Premiere 

Direct from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, this Oscar contender seamlessly weaves together two deeply resonant narratives of identity set in Poland in 1962. Eighteen-year-old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when she first meets her only living relative.

Her aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, shocks Anna 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 to the countryside, to the old family home and into the secrets of a repressed past.

Co-Sponsored by the Milton and Helen Covensky Fund

Part of the Spotlight on Polish Cinema. Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

Co-Presented by Kosciuszko Foundation and Poles and Friends of Poland

Extended introduction led by internationally renowned scholar and educator Annette Insdorf.

Pawel Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw, Poland. He has directed several acclaimed documentaries for the BBC, including Dostoevsky's Travels and Tripping with Zhirinovsky. He wrote and directed the features Last ResortMy Summer of Love, and The Woman in the Fifth.


Saturday, March 1, 7:15 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD


"Reckoning with the Holocaust in Poland and the Communist rule that followed World War II, 'Ida' is both a study of memory and an act of remembering, telling the story of a young religious novice and her aunt, a bitter Communist Party official. It is also something of a homecoming for Mr. Pawlikowski, a Polish filmmaker who has worked mostly in England. It haunted me as much as anything I saw in the past 12 months, and I can’t wait to see it again."
-A.O. Scott, The New York Times


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