Sydenham Film Club
7.30pm Thursday 30 April
Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road SE26 5JX map
Tickets: £5 on the door, free to members.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s beautifully haunting Oscar winner comes to Sydenham! When novitiate nun Anna meets her only surviving relative, a dark family secret is revealed that could change the course of her life completely.
Newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska is mesmerising as Anna, an 18-year-old orphan raised in a convent who is about to become a nun. When she is sent to meet an aunt she never knew she had, she sets out on a journey of self discovery that takes her face to face with dark events that happened during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
This hauntingly minimal study of Polish post-war identity won director Pawel Pawlikowski both the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as many other awards and accolades.
★★★★★ There is not a frame in this austere spiritual journey that isn’t a thing of heartfelt beauty. The Times
★★★★ This frugal, static film in black and white is wondrous with life and drama. First-time actress Agata Trzebuchowska has a face you could watch forever. Financial Times
★★★★ Pawlikowski has a photographer’s eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland’s tragic, turbulent past. Empire
★★★★ A bracing and powerful drama about cultural roots and the nature of identity from director Pawel Pawlikowski. Little White Lies