Subtle film about Polish society and its demons
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20. 10. 2013. Department

The film "Ida" directed by Paweł Pawlikowski won the 57th London Film Festival.

Two festival winner! The film "Ida" directed by Paweł Pawlikowski  and produced by Opus Film, a Lodz studio run by Piotr Dzięcioł, production organization graduate of the Lodz Film School; Director of Photography: Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, both cinematography graduates from the Lodz Film School  (prof. Lenczewski is currently Vice Dean of Direction of Photography Dept.); Editing: Jarosław Kamiński, lecturer at the Lodz Film School – has won Warsaw Grand Prix, the main prize in the International Competition of the 29th Warsaw Film Festival as well as the Ecumenical Jury Prize, which were both received on Saturday 19th October. The same day "Ida" won the 57th London Film Festival!
The 29th Warsaw Film Festival Jury awarded the film "for exceptional combination of screenplay, direction, photography, acting and music , creating a beautiful and subtle film portraying post-war Polish society in the 1960s struggling with its own demons."

The film "Ida" was also awarded the Ecumenical Jury Prize, which pointed out that  it is „a complex moving story of a young girl brought up in a nunnery  in difficult post-war communist Poland who sets out on a journey in search of her own real identity. This subtle and beautifully photographed black and white film has an elliptic form, poses questions about family relationships, forgiveness and mature faith.

Philip French, the President of the Official Competition Jury, said: "The jury greatly admired "Ida", the first film made in his native Poland by a director who came to prominence while living in Britain. We were deeply moved by a courageous film that handles, with subtlety and insight, a painfully controversial historical situation – the German occupation and the Holocaust – which continues to resonate to this day. Special praise went to his use of immersive visual language to create a lasting emotional impact".

A month earlier the film won the 38th Gdynia Polish Feature Film Festival.  On 14th September in Gdynia "Ida" also won the Press Prize, Studio & Local Cinema Network Prize as well as the Polish Federation of Film Discussion Clubs Prize.