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First Polish film to win an Oscar

Posted on: August 7, 2017

It is 1962 in Poland and a young woman named Anna is a few days away from taking her vows to become a nun. She has spent all her life in a Catholic orphanage without any family, that is, until now. She is informed that she has an aunt named Wanda and goes to meet her. As they sit at her kitchen table, Wanda tells Anna that she is Jewish.

The Murphy Library is showing Ida, an award-winning Polish film Thursday at 6 p.m. It won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, the first time ever for a Polish film. Running time is 82 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Anna and Wanda go in search of what happened to her parents. Wanda, a former state prosecutor only feels cynicism.   Anna, sheltered from the world, knows nothing about life.  But as they learn more about each other, they also discover their inner selves.

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski made the film in black and white, giving it a feeling of looking at old family pictures, and offering a story that will stay in your mind long after.

 

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