Photo courtesy of Dallas International Film Festival
Gorgeously shot in black and white, Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest film explores the life of Anna, an orphan brought up in a convent in Poland. Just before taking her vows, Anna visits her only living relative for the first time and discovers her real name, her Jewish name, is Ida. This startling revelation leads her to probe deeper into her family history during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Ida is an exquisitely rendered film, a hauntingly beautiful pilgrimage into the past.