One of the most haunting films to play in the BFI London Film Festival last year, Pawel Pawlikowski’s sombre tale about identity, self-discovery and the burden of family history in post-World War II Poland didn’t only win the festival’s major prize but it carried on, sending quiet tremors in my psyche even until now. And memories of the film’s stark Bressonian aesthetics and Pawlikowski’s deft hand in creating intimate, impressionistic drama return with this recently released official U.S. trailer of the film.
Shot in stunning black-and-white and transposed in Academy ratio, Ida is part of the new wave of films (Tabu, The Artist, Frances Ha, Nebraska) that make monochrome a la mode again. But Pawlikowski’s intention is better – he purposefully limits the aspect ratio, squeezing the protagonist’s perspective and knowledge of her past within the frame. We’d never expect those two parallel black bars on the side could gain some unexpected depth. The cinematography is gorgeous, too.
Ida is guaranteed to stir some emotions in UK later this year when it’s released in the cinemas 26 September. Watch the beautiful trailer below.