Pawel Pawlikowski Explores the Nostalgia of His Own Childhood in 'Ida'

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Director Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida--one of this year's Oscar contenders for Best Foreign Language Film--tells the story of a teenaged nun investigating her secret family history. The black-and-white film is set in Poland in the 1960s and is a nostalgic reflection on Pawlikowski's own childhood memories.

He tells The Moveable Fest, "There is a kind of nostalgia in there, wanting to make a film about the Poland from my childhood in the early ‘60s, a period which I love and find really interesting, especially given the world culture now. It’s significantly more naïve, more exciting – maybe not, but quieter and less noisy and less vacuous. But I wanted to make a film about identity and what makes us what we are, about faith and what it is to have faith and to be Christian. Is it something within your ethnic origins or social conventions, or is it something transcendental or is it something that has much more to do with your individual soul? I wanted to make a film about how many people we can be in one lifetime, how complicated we are and the paradoxes of humans. We can commit acts of crime and we can still be likable people."

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