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34th Annual Film Series Opens with 'Ida' Sep. 20

The OCU Film Institute's 34th Annual Film Series will begin with a screening of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida on September 20th.

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. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of recent years. This compact masterpiece has the curt definition and the finality of a reckoning in which anger and mourning blend together. Seeing the Oscar foreign language film winner of last year, you will realize that the Academy of Arts and Sciences did not make a mistake with this Polish film for the ages. The perfect film to launch the Institute’s theme. One of the two most requested films on last year’s evaluation forms.

The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.


-“There's an urgency to Ida's simple, elemental story that makes it seem timely, or maybe just timeless.” Slate

-“Ida accomplishes so much, so surely in its 80 minutes, it's as if the director had dared himself: How can I tell this fascinating story efficiently yet without rushing and abridging the narrative?” Chicago Tribune

-“This is solemn filmmaking, devoutly restrained and unshakably purposeful. We expect its austerity to fend us off, but no; it gathers us in and forbids us to look away.” New Yorker

-“Quite soon in watching Ida, you recognize that you are going to have to see the picture again and again.” David Thompson, New Republic

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