IDA is a film about two women who can either be trapped by their past or break free from it. It is about identity, loss and survival.
Poland 1962. ANNA is a young novice on the cusp of taking her vows to become a nun in a Catholic order. She learns from her Mother Superior that she has a living relative who she must visit before she does. Aunt WANDA is a former hard-line Communist state prosecutor and a Jew and so is ANNA whose real name is IDA.
The two women embark on a voyage of discovery of each other and their past. IDA has to choose between her birth identity and the religion that saved her from being massacred during the Nazi occupation of Poland. WANDA has to confront a decision she made during the War when she chose loyalty to the cause before family. WANDA wants to guide IDA not to repeat her own mistake of putting faith before life and family.
Young Ondra has asthma and so his mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the boy's fantasy, the bear gets lost in a forest occupied by strange animals and remarkable beings that he never heard of while living on the toy shelf in Ondra's room. And of course even in this small imaginary world, true good exists as does real evil, which Kooky must face up to in order to become a real hero. Find out more at portobellofilmsales.com
Winner - Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, Berlin Film Festival 2011
Nik is an energetic 17-year-old in his last year of high school in Northern Albania. He is embarking on his first romance with a girl in his class and plans to open his own internet café after graduation. His sister, Rudina, is a bright, mature fifteen-year-old who aspires to go to college. When a local land dispute results in their father Mark being accused of murder, the family is drawn into a deadly blood feud. The rules of the Kanun, a centuries-old Balkan code of law, force Nik, his 7 year old brother and the other male members of his family into virtual house arrest. With Mark hiding in the mountains and Nik unable to leave the house, the family must rely on Rudina, who has to leave school and take over Mark’s business in order to provide for them. While Rudina flourishes in her newfound responsibility, Nik's frustration and anger at his isolation drive him to try to end the feud, even though it may cost him his life.
Director: Joshua Marston
Producer: Paul Mezey
Screenplay: Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj
Executive Producer: Janine Gold
Executive Producers: Eric Abraham and Domenico Procacci
Executive Producers: Hunter Gray and Tyler Brodie
Co-Producer: Andamion Murataj