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BGSU Common Experience 2015-16: Ida: Production Information

A collection of resources about the 2015-16 BGSU Common Experience film selection "Ida"

Production Information

Name: Ida

Release Date: February 12, 2014

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Writer: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Color: Black and White

Camera: Arri Alexa Plus 4:3, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses

Process/Format: 2k (Master)/35 mm

 

Comprehensive details can be found on Ida’s IMDB page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2718492/technical?ref_=tt_dt_spec

Director's Biography

Pawel Pawikowski

A literature and philosophy graduate, with extensive post-graduate work at Oxford on German literature, Polish-born Pawel Pawlikowski started as a documentary filmmaker in British television.

His second feature, Last Resort (2000), earned him international critical acclaim at numerous festivals, including Toronto and Sundance, and won the 2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for "Most Promising Newcomer in British Film."

His next film, My Summer Of Love (2004), won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards in 2005.

-CCA

 

-This mini biography appears courtesy of IMDB. More details on this director can be found on his IMDB page

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0667734/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Awards

2015:  Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Goya Award for Best European Film

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Foreign Film

Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film

 

2014:   European Film Award for Best Film

            European Film Award for Best Screenwriter

            European Film Award for Best Cinematographer

            Polish Academy Award for Best Film

            Polish Academy Award for Best Director

            Polish Academy Award for Best Actress

            Polish Academy Award for Best Editing

            European Film Award for Best Director

            American Society of Cinematographers Spotlight Award

            New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film

Interesting Facts about the Film

- Ida was filmed in full color on a high-resolution (2K) camera and then later converted to black and white.

- Although Ida is a fictional story, the starting point for Ida’s character began with the very real story of Jakub Weksler, born to Jewish parents in 1943 and adopted as a child by a Christian family. He eventually became a Catholic priest and the subject of the documentary, Torn. (http://www.jewishjournal.com/film/article/priest_born_jewish_is_torn_20110802)

-Even through strict communist control and censorship, Polish music in the early 1960s included beat, jazz, folk, skiffle, blues, and American rock and roll. The Animals and The Beatles were among the biggest names influencing Polish young Polish musicians.