Centerpiece: Ida

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski | Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Year: 2013
Running Time: 80 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Date: Monday, March 31, 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festival & Awards: Best Film London Film Festival | Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival | Crystal Arrow Award at Les Arcs European Film Festival | Golden Frog at Camerimage | Official Selection Toronto International | Official Selection Telluride | Official Selection Sundance


IdaFrom acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes IDA, a moving and intimate portrait of a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland. On the verge of taking her vows, she is directed by the Mother Superior (Halina Skoczynska) to first meet with her sole living relative. A sheltered and naive orphan raised in a convent, Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) soon meets her Aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a cynical Communist Party insider, who delivers the shocking news that Anna’s real name is Ida, and she is Jewish.

Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time as a director to confront one of the more contentious issues in Poland’s history. Powerfully written and impeccably photographed in luminous monochrome, IDA is a heartfelt and masterful evocation of a defining moment in time.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Michael C. Steinlauf, Director of the Gratz Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program in conversation with Dr. Philip A. Cunningham, Professor and Director of Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University

Sponsored in part by the Honickman Foundation and Renee M. & Joseph S. Zuritsky

Speaker Sponsor: Marcia and Ronald Rubin

Community Partners: Philadelphia Film Society, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia