Showcasing the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historical setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Winter Gardens Film Festival: Ida
Grundy Art Gallery
Blackpool United Kingdom
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Winter Gardens Film Festival: Ida
Year: 2014  Running Time: 82

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Cert: 12A
Genre: Drama
Language: Polish

Winter Gardens Film Festival: Fringe Screening


From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes the breathtakingly beautiful, Oscar-winning Ida. A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

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, 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.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human.


 2014 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
 2015 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
 2015 BAFTA winner for Best Film Not in the English Language
 2014 European Film Awards winner  European Film
 2014 European Film Awards winner  European Director

This film has been selected to compliment the exhibition Companions, which is also on display at the Grundy Art Gallery (free admission).


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The film is rated 12A.

Films classified 12A and video works classified 12 contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12. No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. Adults planning to take a child under 12 to view a 12A film should consider whether the film is suitable for that child.

To help you to decide, we recommend that you view the trailer in advance.

Where can I buy tickets for the other festival events?

You can find information on tickets on the festival website. There are many different screenings taking place between the 22 and 24 January 2016. You can buy tickets for single screenings priced £5 or £7.50 each or a weekend wristband for £30 which allows entry to every screening and event.


Grundy Art Gallery (View)
Queen Street
Blackpool FY1 4NY
United Kingdom


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Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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