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4,497 Ratings


Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
Poland, Denmark, 2013
  • Polish
  • English


When 18-year-old noviate Anna learns her true identity as a Polish Jew named Ida, the revelation triggers a journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

Our take

For his first film made in his native Poland, writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War) crafted the character study Ida: a personal and pensive historical drama, carefully composed and exquisitely rendered in black-and-white. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature.

Ida Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

2015 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Winner: Best International Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Ida, from a certain perspective, is an unusual, wisely and economically told coming-of-age story; an unbiased, depoliticized and relatable portrayal of in fact a very particular, local, politically and religiously involved, yet universal subject matter. Pawlikowski lets the silence speak; and it does, proving that less is sometimes not more, but everything.
January 10, 2015
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Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, “Ida” would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.
May 02, 2014
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Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” set in Poland less than 20 years after World War II, has the precise, image-building control of a short story. The film is both delicate and unforgettable. The black-and-white compositions and the lighting at times evoke religious paintings, even as the cars and shabby nightclubs announce that the 1960s are here.
May 01, 2014
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