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2015 Oscar winner, "IDA"  

IDAOn Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m., in Fahy 236, Slavic Club, will be showcasing the movie, "Ida", which won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first Polish film to win this prestigious award. Earlier it had also been selected as Best Film of 2014 by the European Film Academy and as Best Film Not in the English Language of 2014 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

"Ida" is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Poland in 1962, it is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War II, she must now meet her aunt. The former Communist state prosecutor and only surviving relative tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family.

Called a "compact masterpiece" and an "eerily beautiful road movie", the film has also been said to "contain a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain", even if certain historical events (German occupation of Poland, the Holocaust and Stalinism) remain unsaid: "none of this is stated, but all of it is built, so to speak, into the atmosphere: the country feels dead, the population sparse".

According to David Denby, the New Yorker film critic, "Ida" asks the question, "What do you do with the past once you've re-discovered it? Does it enable you, redeem you, kill you, and leave you longing for life, longing for escape? The answers are startling." He calls "Ida" a Film Masterpiece. Come and judge it for yourself.

The event is free! Everyone is welcome! Slavic food will be served!

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Anna Kuchta
  • (973) 275-5875
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