This week, BUFS is pleased to present Ida.
In 1960s Poland, a young novice called Anna decides that she is ready to take her final vows and become a nun. The convent where she was raised as an orphan has always been home, and she wants to live out her days here among the women she knows and loves best. As she makes her final preparations, she learns some startling news. She has one living relative, an aunt in Warsaw who refused to take her in as a baby. The sisters of the convent insist that Anna travel to see her aunt Wanda before she takes her vows. Confused but devoted, Anna obeys.
Wanda couldn’t be a greater contrast to the chaste, innocent Anna—she drinks heavily, and she is not shy about the reputation for heartlessness she acquired as a prosecutor under the Communist regime. She bluntly informs her niece that her name is Ida, not Anna, that she is Jewish, not Catholic, and that her parents died during the Nazi occupation of the country.
Shaken to her core, Anna/Ida tries to come to terms with what she has learned. When Wanda proposes a road trip to the town where Ida’s parents sought refuge from the Nazis (in order to find their graves), Ida agrees. The young woman is stronger than she looks. She takes in the world quietly but critically as they travel together. Even so, she isn’t prepared when Wanda’s real motives for the journey come to light.
Ida screens Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.