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Marrakech Review: The Thoughtful, Artful, Award-Winning 'Ida,' From Director Pawel Pawlikowski

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 7, 2013 12:04 PM
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From the opening moments of “Ida,” the Polish film from director Pawel Pawlikowski—that plays in competition at the Marrakech Film Festival, but is already trailing awards from TIFF (FIPRESCI critics award) and Warsaw (Grand Prix), having also elicited a rave from our own Oli Lyttelton when he saw it in London—it’s clear that we’re in for something unusual. Shot in a boxy aspect ratio, in rich, complex black and white, the film isn’t simply stylistically arresting, however; these first few moments find us in a quiet cloister of a Polish convent in the 1960s as a group of novice nuns silently, piously, go about restoring a statue of Christ, returning it to its plinth in the convent’s snowy grounds. This wordless beginning, told in beautifully composed shots, sets the mood for a small, quiet, polished film that unfolds slowly but with remarkable assurance and features a striking central performance from Agata Trzebuchowska.

New Films in 2011 By Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lou Ye, Tsui Hark, Aki Kaurismaki & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 22, 2011 3:23 AM
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Consider this a companion piece to our Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2011. Screen Daily released their own list of exciting over-seas prospects (subscription only), and while a good deal of it was stuff that we already covered - "The Turin Horse," "The Grand Master," "Set Me Free" (which they still have listed as "Untitled Dardenne Brothers") - the buffet was stuffed with plenty of fresh, delicious motion pictures worthy of everyone's palate. We've collected the best and most interesting projects and threw them into an easily digestible round up below. Feast your eyes on what this new year will have to offer, and know that we will refrain from using any phrases or words related to food from this point on.

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