Ida: a film by Pawel Pawlikowski Pawel Pawlikowski directs this award-winning Polish drama set in a convent in the 1960s. When Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), an orphan who was brought up by the nuns of the convent, decides she wants to take her vows, she is told that first she must visit her only living relative, Wanda (Agata Kulesza). As Wanda reveals to Anna that her real name is Ida Lebenstein and that she is actually Jewish, Anna starts to rethink her whole life. As the two go on a journey to find out more about their ancestors they reveal certain facts that were best left hidden. The film won a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Leviathan: a film by Andrev Zvyagintsev Andrey Zvyagintsev directs this critically-acclaimed Academy Award-nominated Russian drama. Set in a small town on the coast of the Barents Sea, the film follows Nikolai (Aleksey Serebryakov), who, together with his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and son Romka (Sergey Pokhodaev), makes his living through his land and a small auto-repair shop. When his livelihood comes under threat from Vadim (Roman Madyanov), the town mayor, Nikolai recruits his old friend Dmitriy (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has gone on to become a successful and respected lawyer, to help him fight back against the corrupt local government. The movie won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Amour: a film by Michael Haneke Michael Haneke directs this Academy Award-winning drama exploring death, ageing and the fear of loss. Anne and George (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) are a couple in their 80s who are enjoying their retirement, but that changes when, after an operation following a stroke, Anne is left wheelchair-bound and paralysed. Although she expresses her wish to die, even going so far as to make an attempt at taking her own life, George tries to remind her of the beauty and worth of life itself and the love that they share for each other. The feature won the Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film, and received a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress (Riva).
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