"This film refers to values which are important to everyone, regardless of latitude," added Puszczyńska. The producer recalls that Ida has been watched by 600 thousand viewers in France alone, which is an extraordinary turnout.
Ida was nominated for the 2015 César Award in the Best Foreign Feature category. Among the other nominees are Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, Boyhood by Richard Linklater and Two Days, One Night by the Dardenne brothers, Jean Pierre and Luc. The 40th César Award Ceremony will take place on 20th February, 2015, in Paris.
It’s not the first success for Paweł Pawlikowski’s film abroad. Ida has received several dozens of statuettes and nominations from the most prestigious competitions and festivals: it was awarded six European Film Awards and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
Ida, which was partly filmed in Łódź, is a Polish-Danish coproduction, realized by Opus Film and Phoenix Film studios, in cooperation with Portobello Pictures, Phoenix Film Polska and Canal+ Polska. The production was co-financed by the Polish and Danish Film Institutes.
The movie takes us back to the beginning of the 1960s. Anna, a convent-raised orphan (played by Agata Trzebuchowska in her debut role) meets her only relative, Wanda Gruz (played by Agata Kulesza), before taking her vows. Thanks to Wanda, Anna finds out that she’s Jewish, and her real name is Ida Lebenstein. She then learns about the tragic fate of her parents, murdered during the war.
Source: PAP, opr. PZ, 30/01/2015