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Ida is art. It’s like going through a meticulous and well thought out Instagram account, with immaculate photos, but then realising that its a film. Ida has been nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film, given the earlier nomination, it is almost a certainty that it will win Best Foreign Film. Film Munchers, I not only predict an Ida win, but I fully support it!

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This film is set in 1962, Poland, and its the first time that Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski has gone back to his home country for the purposes of making a film. Most likely this is due to the fact that he drew his inspiration from his personal life story, regardless, his decision to film this in black and white, with a 60’s country Poland as the backdrop is stunning. Further more the 1.33:1 ratio is a pure delicacy to watch.

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The aftermath of war and the discovery of one’s origin is the backbone theme to Ida, as well as the curious nature of youth. With only a runtime of 82 minutes, there is hardly no excuse to see this foreign gem, thats if you don’t mind reading subtitles, and if you’re Polish, well, then you’re in luck! I love foreign movies, they are fresh because they aren’t always bogged down by Hollywood clichés and stereotypes. Often they focus on the story-telling technique that make a film enter the realm of artistry.

Agata Tizebuchowska is Ida. I really don’t know how to pronounce that, but thats irrelevant. She was found at a Café by a friend of Pawel Pawlikowski, and was persuaded to audition for the film. Agata had zero acting experience, and Ida is her debut performance. Her performance is brilliant, her subtle glances, restrained displays of emotion, make her performance memorable. It is likely that she will have a great acting career, if thats the way she decides to go, time will tell. Foreboding is the performance of Ida’s aunt, Agata Kuleska, her onscreen time is plenty, and her direct and imposing nature calls for an interesting character.

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A dramatic scene, close to the conclusion of the film, is shot so immaculately, that you will be left feeling the loneliness and emptyness that is being portrayed. I could not give this film more praise. I don’t think that all will find it as delightful as I did, being that the film choses very selectively what to show and what not to, plus its cinematographic approach may put some off, due to the fact that it could well and truly pass as a film shot back in the 60’s.

Ida is a dish of exquisite taste, delicately prepared, and presented with such precision. I suggest a formal attire, your Sunday best.

TRIVIA COOKIE: Lukasz Zal is credited for the cinematography for Ida. Initially he started the project as a camera man, but due to a fall out between director and former cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski, he was given the new role.