YFS Past Screenings & Events
This screening took place on
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre
Winner of the 2015 Academy Award for ‘Best Foreign Language Film.’
Poland 1962. Anna is a novice, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna that Anna is Jewish. Both women start a journey not only to find their family tragic story, but who they really are and where they belong. They question their religions and ideas they believed in. Both are trying to go on living but only one of them can.
In this stunning black and white picture, Pawlikowski 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 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.
In Polish with English subtitles.
- Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
- 2013, Pol/UK/Fra/Den
- 82 minutes
- Film Subtitled