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March 26, 2017
6:30 PM

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This rigorous beautiful black-and-white drama of early-’60s Poland is an art film in the best sense. (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter)

There will be a Q&A session immediately following the film. Speaker TBD.

Director/WriterPawel Pawlikowski

Poland | 2014 | Polish with English Subtitles | 80 Minutes

Awards: 2015 Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year | 2015 BAFTA Winner, Best Film Not in the English Language | 2015 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film


On the eve of her vows in 1960s Poland, 18-year old Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is tasked by the Mother Superior to visit her sole living relative, her estranged aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza). A worldly and cynical Communist judge, Wanda shocks the naïve and innocent Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Struggling to make sense of this new information, the two women embark on a heart-wrenching journey to uncover the mystery and fate of Ida’s birth parents, leading them to an old family home that holds buried secrets and regrets from the past.