Film Discussion Series Continues with Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – June 2, 2014 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) faculty member Thomas Petriano, Ph.D., will host a discussion on the Pawel Pawlikowski film Ida on Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 at the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center (MAC) located in downtown Patchogue, as part of its ongoing Film Discussion Series.

An intimate and moving drama by acclaimed writer and director Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida is about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. Pawlikowski is best known for his 2000 film Last Resort, which he wrote and directed, as well as the 2004 British drama My Summer Love. Both films received awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

“Ida is a cinematic triumph,” said Dr. Petriano, professor and chair of religious studies at SJC. “Using black and white cinematography evocative of the films of Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson and Theodore Dreyer—and a sound track that ranges from Mozart to Coltrane—this film tells a gripping story of a search for identity in post-war Poland. Ida raises questions of guilt, faith and the choices that shape our lives.”

Plaza MAC has included SJC faculty members in its Film Discussion Series since 2013. Tickets for Ida and the film discussion are $11 for the general public, $8 for students with a valid ID and $7 for members. For more information, visit 

The Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center is a non-profit public charity organization dedicated to bringing the magic and power of movies and filmmaking to the hearts and minds of the community. On a weekly basis, the Plaza provides the Patchogue community with current, quality independent films from around the world while offering special films for children and cultural programming such as broadcasts of operas and ballet from the world stage. Since 2013, the Plaza has offered classes in screenwriting, editing and film production.

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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