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"Ida" (SIFF audience favorite) at Sundance/Metro in U District

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Note: Updated Tuesday, June 17. SIFF/Uptown will not be showing "Ida" on Saturday, June 21. However, the Sundance Theater will be showing it on that date at 7:15. Please reread this event description because a number of significant changes have been made.

We will be attending the 7:15 pm showing of “Ida” at the Sundance Theater (formerly the Landmark Metro) located at the edge of the University District. This film was one of the audience favorites a the recent festival. Here is a description of “Ida” taken from the Landmark Theatres' web site:

“Acclaimed filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land to make his first Polish film, a moving and intimate drama about a young novice nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, is told a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year-old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is ordered to visit her sole living relative before taking her vows. Naïve, innocent Anna soon meets her outspoken aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that Anna's real name is Ida and her parents were Jews 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. Powerfully written, mesmerizingly acted and eloquently shot in austere black-and-white, Ida is personal, intimate and human—and also a masterful evocation of a challenging historical dilemma—resulting in one of the most affecting films of the year. (Fully subtitled) “

Here is a preview of the film:

Ida trailer (

This film has a 93 rating at; here is a link to that web page where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - Ida (

Here are some snippets from these reviews:

“Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness.” (Wall Street Journal)

“This rigorous beautiful black-and-white drama of early-'60s Poland is an art film in the best sense.” (Hollywood Reporter)

“The Polish drama "Ida" is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Here is the link to the site where you can purchase your ticket in advance:

You will need to drill down to Sundance - Seattle, then to Saturday, June 21, then select the 7:15 showing of Ida. You must select a specific seat in the screening room.

The screening rooms have been remodeled to provide more leg room and a small table next to each seat where food and beverages (including beer) can be placed. Consequently, the number of seats in each screening room has decreased by about 40% from the Metro days. Because this theater serves alcoholic beverages all movie goers must be at least 21 years old.

Meet me on the second floor next to the bar starting at 6:45 pm; this is the floor in between the ticket sales/concession sales floor and the rest room floor. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone, 206-683-7850, will be on until the start of the program. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.

There will be an optional beverage and snack stop at the conclusion of this film (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by). Meet me in in the lobby of the theater. We will most likely patronize the Bombay Grill (4737 Roosevelt Way N.E. - approximately 1-1/2 blocks away) which will be having a happy hour when we are there. This HH menu has food items ranging in price from $2 to $6; here is a link to the menu.

George Liu

Note on parking: The University District is one of those areas in Seattle where the parking meters operate until 8:00 pm. You can certainly pay for street parking if you wish. However, the 8:00 pm parking zone extends north only as far as NE 50th Street. So if you park north of NE 50th you do not have to pay for parking after 6:00 pm. Furthermore, on Saturday evening Hotel Deca on NE 45th and Brooklyn has an area of free parking for Sundance patrons. Please check the Sundance web site for more details.

George Liu


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