Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida - co-financed by PISF (Polish Film Institute) – was awarded at 29th Warsaw Film Festival and 57th London Film Festival last weekend.
The film is a story of two women, a young nun who finds out she is Jewish and a declared communist who is her only family. In the movie we can watch Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska (silver screen debut), Joanna Kulig, and David Ogrodnik.
During the closing ceremony of the 29th Warsaw Film Festival Ida won the main prize- Warsaw Grand Prix. Jury consisting of Iulia Rugină (Romania), Yariv Horowitz (Israel), San Fu Maltha (Holland), András Muhi (Hungary), and Krzysztof Varga (Poland) particularly admired artistic and coherent combination of screenplay, direction, camerawork, acting, and music. They grounded their choice referring to the realistic yet sublime and delicate portrayal of the post-war 1960-ties society fighting its demons. The film was also the Ecumenic Jury Prize awarded by Lukas Jirsa (Czech Republic), Jarosław Szoda (Poland), and Jean-Michel Zucker (France).
Ida has competed with 13 other movies form all over the world but the jury consisting of a film critic Philip French, director Lone Scherfig, actress Miranda Richardson, scriptwriter Deborah Moggach, and cameraman Rodrigo Prieto decided to award the main prize to this film. They explained their decisions with the following words: We are appreciate “Ida” as a movie of the director who started his career in the UK but shot it in his homeland. We are touched by the boldness of this image which delicately but scrupulously reviews a still living history of German occupation and Holocaust. We especially admire the emotional language employed to present the story.
Critics expressed positive opinions as well. Peter’s Bradshaw review for The Guardian compared Ida to well photographed, delicate but grim gem. Bradshaw notices some similarities to the classic Polish Film School but also sees references to Truffaut, Bela Tarr, and Aki Kaurismaki.
Charel Muller from Cineuropa.org comments that the film reflexes a specific atmosphere of war reminiscences typical for the times presented. He appreciates the camerawork: Each take reveals a high attention to the detail and original cropping. Black-white contrast and shades of gray are amazing and make “Ida” a technical masterpiece best to watch in cinema. Tom Huddleston in his review for TimeOut states that the movie is visually uncomfortable odd beauty which directly reflects the terrifying world Ida has been thrown into.