The Hope College Knickerbocker fall film series continues with “Ida” on Monday-Saturday, Sept. 15-20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

“Ida” is a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

Anna, a sheltered, 18-year-old orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda, a worldly and 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. The revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar communism.

 “The Los Angeles Times” has called “Ida” “A film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.”

The film is in Polish with English subtitles. It has a run time of one hour and 20 minutes, and is rated PG-13.

More information about the film series can be found by visiting the Knickerbocker website at

Tickets for the film are $7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children.  Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available in advance at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center at 100 E. Eighth St.  The office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (616) 395-7890.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.