Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Film Series Screens Ida

In March Greenville Public Library's Third Floor Film Series will be a screening Ida. This 2013 Polish film is by far the most recent film we've in this series and only our second foreign language film. Shot in moody but beautiful black and white, the film tells the story of a young woman's personal awakening as she comes to grips with her past, her family, and aspects of herself she has deeply buried.

Set in Poland in 1962, Ida opens with its title character preparing to take her vows as a Catholic nun. Before she can do so her prioress informs her she must visit her aunt, Wanda, her only living relative and a woman Ida has very little interest in seeing. Her prioress insists, and Ida sets out to visit this woman who is her diametrical opposite in every way--Wanda is a hard-drinking, heavy-smoking, sexually liberated woman of the world who serves as a judge sentencing former Nazis and their sympathizers to their deaths. The only thing the two women have in common is despair. They embark on a road trip to uncover the truths of their family history, and in the process Ida faces up to the lies that have governed both her aunt's life and Ida's own sense of self, and she must come to peace with these if she is to take her vows in good conscience.

Please make plans to join us on Thursday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. as we watch this beautiful Polish film. Coffee, soft drinks, candy, and popcorn will be available free of charge, and David Nilson will be leading a brief discussion after the film. We look forward to seeing you there.

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