"Ida" in French and Belgian Cinemas
Ida, Fot. Solopan
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will be released theatrically in France and Belgium on February 12, 2014.
Distribution in France is handled by Memento Films, the world sales agent for other Polish films, including W imię… (In the Name Of…) and Sponsoring (Elles) by Małgorzata Szumowska and The Woman in the Fifth by Paweł Pawlikowski. Ida will be released in French cinemas on February 12, 2014.
Distribution in Belgium is handled by Cinéart. Ida will be released theatrically on February 12, 2014, screening in Brussels, Bruges, Mons, Liège, Charleroi, Namur, Gand, Courtrai, and Anvers.
A novice nun discovers that she is Jewish; she had been christened as a child to be saved from the Holocaust. Together with her only surviving relative, a communist removed from power, she travels to her hometown on a journey in search of identity, love, and forgiveness. Although the story is set in 1961, the film itself is not meant to be accusatory; Pawlikowski’s focus was not history, but rather the human condition.
The Latest Film by Paweł Pawlikowski
Ida is the latest film by director Paweł Pawlikowski and his first feature to be produced entirely in Poland. The script was awarded a MEDIA European Talent Prize. The film was lensed by Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski and features performances by Agata Kulesza and first-time actress Agata Trzebuchowska, with supporting roles by Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, and Adam Szyszkowski.
A Polish-Danish Co-Production Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Ida was made as a co-production between Poland and Denmark, produced by Opus Film and Phoenix Film in co-operation with Portobello Pictures, Phoenix Film Polska, and Canal+ Polska. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, the Danish Film Institute, and the Łódź Film Fund.
Awards in Poland and Abroad
To date, Ida has received recognition at film festivals in Poland and abroad. The film received the FIPRESCI Prize in the Special Presentations section of the 38th Toronto International Film Festival and four awards at the 38th Gdynia Film Festival: the Golden Lions Award for Best Film and the awards for Best Photography, Best Actress (Agata Kulesza) and Best Production Design (Katarzyna Sobańska and Marcel Sławiński). Ida also won top laurels at the 29th Warsaw Film Festival and the 57th London Film Festival. The film’s cinematographers Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski also won the Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography at the 21st Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography and received the ASC Spotlight Award. Ida was released theatrically in Poland on October 25, 2013. Distribution in Poland is handled by Solopan.
Ida enjoyed very favourable reviews by Polish and international film critics.
Jordan Hoffman of badassdigest.com writes: “From its opening shot, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida is a beautiful puzzle. In varying shades of charcoal gray a young nun is discovered in an unadorned room. It is a composed image straight out of Carl Theodor Dreyer – then something remarkable happens. The central figure (Agata Trzebuchowska) moves, and it is a much more fluid movement than the silent cinema this tableau evokes. Ida is shot on video, but lit, designed, framed and formatted for an earlier era. The result is one of the most striking visual experiences of the year.”
“This quiet film touches on the grand questions that affect us all: about evil, faith, our identity, and our country. Ida is one of the most mature films in recent years,” writes Tadeusz Sobolewski for Gazeta Wyborcza.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun