A novice nun discovers that she is Jewish; she had been christened as a child to be saved from the Holocaust. Together with her only surviving relative, a communist removed from power, she travels to her hometown on a journey in search of identity, love, and forgiveness. Although the story is set in 1961, the film itself is not meant to be accusatory; Pawlikowski's focus was not history, but rather the human condition.
Ida is the latest film by director Paweł Pawlikowski and his first feature to be produced entirely in Poland. Ida features performances by Agata Kulesza and, in her first role, actress Agata Trzebuchowska, with supporting roles by Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, and Adam Szyszkowski.
This film has won numerous awards, including the International Critics Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Best Film at the 2013 London Film Festival, Grand Prix at the 2013 Warsaw Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature (Drama) at the 2014 Cinequest Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 Sarasota and RiverRun Film Festivals, and the Best Director, Best Actress, Best Editing, and Best Film awards at the 2014 Polsih Film Awards.
An interview with Pawel Pawilkowski can be seen here.