Oscar-winning period drama shot in black and white, set in Poland 1962. Anna is a beautiful 18-year-old orphan preparing to be a nun, when the discovery of a living relative brings monumental change and the uncovering of painful truths...
"UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski's (My Summer of Love, Last Resort) new film is an elegy for his homeland and an intimate, poetic exploration of the limits of faith. Orphaned during WWII, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) was brought up in a rural convent and in early '60s Poland is a young novice preparing to take her vows. When the Mother Superior insists she make contact with her last remaining relative, she meets her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a free-living intellectual working as a judge and secretly annihilating painful memories with a heady mix of sex and booze. Their encounter lifts the shroud off the dark secret of their family's past and both women must confront the devastating truth." (London Film Festival)
Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards; International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI), Toronto International Film Festival
2013Rating: M, Adult themes82 minsPoland, DenmarkPolish with English subtitles
In this era of filmmaking where narrative bloat seems to be the norm, it’s always heartening to see a filmmaker who understands, and continues to practice, the virtue of paring down to essentials and cutting through the bullshit. One such filmmaker is Pawel Pawlikowski, who’s already demonstrated his predilection for wrapping stories up in under 90 minutes with economical gems like Last Resort and My Summer of Love.