Ida starts off on the right foot in the (independent) awards season

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Although Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida began its successful career almost a year ago, when it was presented at festivals such as Telluride, Warsaw and London, its performance is now at full strength.


After being selected by Poland as its official submission for the Best Foreign-language Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards (the finalists will be unveiled on 15 January, and according to experts, the film has a good chance of being included), Ida has now been nominated for two of the main English-language independent film awards. Pawlikowski’s exquisite portrait of a young nun coming to terms with her past has been selected in the Best Foreign Film category of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.


Ida is, in fact, the only non-English-language film nominated in this category at the BIFAs, competing with movies such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. On the other hand, the Spirit Awards have also nominated another LUX Prize official selection title to vie for the statuette alongside Pawlikowski’s film: Ruben Östlund’s cutting and astounding Force Majeure.


The BIFAs award ceremony will take place on 7 December in London, whereas the Spirit Awards will be given out on 21 February in Los Angeles, just one day before the Academy Awards. Will Ida take home the prizes?