Late last year, we spoke about an unlikely film that had caught and captured our attention at Busan International Film Festival – Ida. Who would’ve ever guessed that some of the biggest buzz on the festival circuit at that time would be over a black and white Polish film about a young novice nun? Surprising indeed, but we think rightfully so. With Ida winning awards from Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival and the American Society of Cinematographers amongst others, it seems we’re not alone.
The film follows the life of Anna, a beautiful 18 year old orphan who has been raised in a strict Catholic convent and is only weeks away from taking her vows to become a nun. Before she devotes her life to god, Anna is told she must visit her only living relative – her mother’s sister, Wanda. When she eventually meets Wanda, Anna discovers that her aunt is a blunt speaking, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, former hard-line Communist state prosecutor, and a Jew.
Anna soon learns that she too is Jewish – and that her real name is Ida. This revelation sets her and Wanda on a poignant journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth about her family. This journey results in an exquisitely beautiful and quietly devastating film that will linger with you long after the final reel.
Ida is in theatres nationally from Thursday 22 May. To celebrate, we have 20 double in-season passes to give away for use at participating cinemas.
To enter simply fill in the form below and tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to see Ida?
Competition closes 12pm Thursday 8 May.