Music Box Films Home Entertainment Presents:
A film by Pawel Pawlikowski
A YOUNG WOMAN EMBARKS ON A LIFE-ALTERING JOURNEY AFTER MAKING A SHOCKING DISCOVERY ABOUT HER FAMILY’S PAST IN THIS HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL TALE FROM PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI
From acclaimed international filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and passionate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her family’s past that sets her on a life-changing path.
Directed and co-written by Pawlikowski, IDA transports audiences to 1960s Poland, where 18-year old Anna (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 and innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider who shocks Anna with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting atrocities caused by the legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.
Evocatively written, powerfully acted and eloquently shot in black-and-white, IDA is as much a masterful evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment as it is a personal, intimate, and universally human tale about faith, fate, survival and loss.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release IDA on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD for the first time on September 9, 2014 (prebook August 5) following its 2014 theatrical release in the U.S.’s top 100 markets, where in has grossed nearly $4 million at the domestic box office. The IDA Blu-ray and DVD will include a host of bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette and a Q&A with director Pawlikowski, and carry the suggested retail prices of$34.95 and$29.95, respectively.
The winner of the International Critics Award for Pawel Pawlikowski at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, IDA also brought home the Best Film prize at the London Film Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival in 2013. Festival acclaim continued the following year, with IDA wining the Best Narrative Feature Awards at the Cinequest Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival and the RiverRun Film Festival. IDA was awarded the Best Film, Best director Best Editing and Best Actress (Agata Kulesza) statuettes at the 2014 Polish Film Awards.
At Rotten Tomatoes, IDA holds an outstanding rating of 94%, based on 87 published reviews, with director Pawlikowski receiving much praise for his accomplishment in taking an historic tragedy and so effectively personalizing it through his characters.
“This is solemn filmmaking, devoutly restrained and unshakably purposeful,” says critic Anthony Lane of THE NEW YORKER. “We expect its austerity to fend us off, but no; it gathers us in and forbids us to look away.”
More information on IDA can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at http://www.musicboxfilms.com/Ida
IDA — Synopsis:
In 1960s Poland, 18-year old Anna (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 (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. 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.
Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD September 9th