Thursday 30 April: IDA

Pawel Pawlikowski’s beautifully haunting Oscar winner comes to Sydenham! When novitiate nun Anna meets her only surviving relative, a dark family secret is revealed that could change the course of her life completely.

Where: Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road
When: 7.30pm Thursday 30 April 2015
Tickets: £5 on the door; FREE to members!

Newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska is mesmerising as Anna, an 18-year-old orphan raised in a convent who is about to become a nun. When she is sent to meet an aunt she never knew she had, she sets out on a journey of self discovery that takes her face to face with dark events that happened during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

This hauntingly minimal study of Polish post-war identity won director Pawel Pawlikowski both the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as many other awards and accolades. Don’t miss your chance to watch it with us!

★★★★★ ‘There is not a frame in this austere spiritual journey that isn’t a thing of heartfelt beauty.’ Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

★★★★★ ‘This frugal, static film in black and white is wondrous with life and drama. First-time actress Agata Trzebuchowska has a face you could watch forever.’ Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

★★★★ ‘Pawlikowski has a photographer’s eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland’s tragic, turbulent past.’ David Hughes, EMPIRE

★★★★ ‘A bracing and powerful drama about cultural roots and the nature of identity from director Pawel Pawlikowski.’ Glenn Heath Jr, LITTLE WHITE LIES