BIFFlix To Screen London 2013 Best Film ‘Ida’

April 18, 2014

The Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] will be showing the film Ida during the April screening of its BIFFlix monthly series, a film which was named Best Film at the London Film Festival in 2013.

The film will screened on Sunday, April 27 at 5.30pm at The Tradewinds Auditorium in the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute at 40 Crow Lane in Pembroke.

A spokesperson said, “From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida is a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.”


“Pawlikowski is known for Last Resort and My Summer of Love and also directed The Woman in the Fifth, which was popular with Bermuda audiences as the March 2012 BIFFlix selection. In this beautifully directed film, 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.

“18-year old Anna, played by stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative.

“Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda, played by Agata Kulesza, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation.”

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“This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

“Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is 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 a powerful and affecting film.

“Tickets are available in advance at or can be purchased at the door on the day of the screening from 5.00pm with cash, check, or credit card. Tickets are priced at $15 each. The film is in Polish with English subtitles, runs 80 minutes, and is rated PG-13.”

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