Grab a drink and let's go see a movie! Bring friends and some good conversation to discuss the film, its characters, the production and more. The Living Room Theater is the location of our weekly Monday meetup. Most movies they play are independent, foreign, artistic with an occasional blockbuster.
We meet Monday evenings to take advantage of their $5 Merry Monday Movie special. They have weekday showings of all their movies in the 7:00 hour, and those are the showings we're shooting for. If you see something coming up there that you'd like to recommend as our Living Room movie of the week, message me or post it on the board by Wednesday the previous week
18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching 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.
In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski ("The Woman in the Fifth," "My Summer of Love") returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Country: Poland | Denmark
Run Time: 01:22:04
imdb Score: 7.6/10 (1,655 votes)
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Joanna Kulig
"Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, Ida would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country."
Godfrey Cheshire - ROGEREBERT.COM
"Spare, haunting, uncompromising, Ida is a film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful."
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES
"There is an implicit argument here between faith and materialism, one that is resolved with wit, conviction and generosity of spirit. Mr. Pawlikowski has made one of the finest European films (and one of most insightful films about Europe, past and present) in recent memory."
A.O. Scott - NEW YORK TIMES
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2013
London Film Festival 2013
American Society of Cinematographers 2014
Gijón Int'l Film Festival 2013
Best Feature, Actress, Script & Production Design
Warsaw Int'l Film Festival 2013
Grand Prix (Director) and Ecumenical Jury Award
Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival 2013
Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2014
New York Jewish Film Festival 2014
Kinopolska Film Festival 2013
Torino Film Festival 2013
Les Arcs Int'l Film Festival 2013
Angers Film Festival 2014
Glasgow Film Festival 2014
Belgrade Film Festival 2014
Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2013
Warsaw Film Festival 2013
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