Ida, followed by Black Narcissus
Lightbox Film Center and The Fabric Workshop and Museum are pleased to host Night with Nuns. Providing a glimpse into the life of devotion, the films in this program were selected as a companion to themes addressed in Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls. Complimentary religious-themed beer will be served between the two screenings (ID required).
Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark/France/UK, 2014, 82 min., Polish & French w/ English subtitles
18-year-old orphan Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. She soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the family’s country house and repressed secrets from the past—both the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1947, 111 min.
This Powell and Pressburger classic is set in a community of nuns living in the Himalayas. Their spiritual aims are hampered by the arrival of a beautiful native girl and a young general. As the two elope together, the nuns are left attributing blame to one another and, when a young child dies in their care, tensions begin to rise.
Support for Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Joy of Giving Something, Inc.; the National Endowment for the Arts; Maja Paumgarten and John Parker; Katie Adams Schaeffer and Tony Schaeffer; and Henry S. McNeil.