Carnegie Hall’s Fall Film Series begins with the showing of Ida on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes 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 from the terrible 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 (Agneta 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.
Carnegie’s Film Series is presented at the Lewis Theatre on Court Street in historic downtown Lewisburg. Admission is $8 per person at the door. A subscription for all three fall films is available for a discounted price of $20 per person. To purchase a subscription, call the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304-645-7917. Films are shown the second Monday of each month, September through November. For more information on this or future films, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
The Film Series is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and the following visual arts sponsors: Ann and Paul Moran and Harvey and Naomi Cohen.