Award-winning film Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, which screened on Tuesday night at the Hollywood 20, is a film loaded with historical and cultural weight. Set in the 1960s in Communist Poland, the movie follows Anna, an orphaned Catholic novice preparing to take her vows. Before locking herself away from the world, she meets an aunt she never knew she had, who reveals the truth of Anna’s heritage (as well as her true name, Ida) and begins a rough, emotional and sometimes frustrating trip through the country searching for the graves of her parents. Anna, the religious innocent, and Wanda, the worldly, broken aunt, find a deep connection in their mutual search and pain. The film is a quiet analysis of the new society created after WWII and the horrors, and legacy, of the past.
The film was presented as part of the Sarasota Film Festival’s Blue and White on the Silver Screen partnership with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Roz Goldberg, who is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation and chairs the Jewish Film Festival, was present at the screening. “The Jewish Federation is partnering with organizations like the Sarasota Film Festival, the Asolo and Florida Studio Theater and Embracing Our Differences to bring pleasure and enhancement to this community,” she said to a full audience before the film, remarking on the importance of working together. The Sarasota Film Festival worked with the Jewish Federation to present the Jewish Film Festival in March.
Ida screens again tonight, Thursday, April 10 at 7:45pm at the Hollywood 20.