PERTH - MOVIE - IN SEASON ATTENDANCE - IDA - SEASON OPENS 22 MAY 2014 - CINEMA PARADISO (NAMES WILL BE HELD ON A DOOR LIST) - ANY SESSION OR TIME

  • 22 May 2014
  • (UTC+08:00)
  • 04 Jun 2014
  • (UTC+08:00)
  • CINEMAS PARADISO, 164 JAMES STREET, NORTHBRIDGE
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Anna, an orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit Wanda, her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, Wanda reveals that Anna’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. So the two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history.


An astonishing work, both graceful and haunting, the film’s beautiful black-and-white imagery is so artfully composed that every frame belongs in an exhibition. The settingundefineda somber, 1960s Polandundefinedsuggests an austere combination of Catholicism, Communism, and the Holocaust, but Ida is vibrant and intimate, a subtle portrait of two fascinating, contrasting women: the sheltered Ida, who is exploring her faith, and Wanda, whoundefinedhaving seen the worst of humanityundefinedhas no faith left. (Polish language, English subtitles)
 

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