Ida starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska and Dawid Ogrodnik, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.
1962, Anna is about to take vows as a catholic nun when she learns from her only relative that she is in fact Jewish. Leaving the convent, she tracks down her estranged aunt and both women embark on a journey to discover their family story and where they belong.
Shot in black and white, this film truly has the feel and grace of a classic 60s film. So subtle and understated, in less capable hands this could become boring, sentimental and long-winded. However, Pawlikowski has crafted a beautiful film that enraptures from the first frame to the last and I believe it has the makings of a modern classic.
Verdict: A truly gentle and warm film that lives up to its award-winning status. ****