Our top picks: Ida, The Double and The Kill Team

Our top picks for Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Ida, The Double and The Kill Team.

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Today, 6.30pm, Marina Mall Vox 5

Friday, 8.45pm, Vox 5

Winner of the top prize across film festivals in London and Warsaw recently, the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s beautiful and delicate drama about a novice nun who must confront a family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation has been turning heads wherever it has been shown. If you recognise the name, Pawlikowski directed the 2004 British drama My Summer of Love, which helped launch the career of Emily Blunt.

The Double

Today, 9.15pm, Vox 6

Saturday, 5.45pm, Vox 1

Richard Ayoade is among the UK’s most promising talents, from his days as a comic actor on the TV show The IT Crowd to his directorial debut, 2010’s Submarine. This, his second feature, ups the notch, with Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska adding some star talent to a reimagining of Dostoyevsky’s novella about a man who is slowly driven insane by the appearance of a doppelgänger. It’s not as quirky as Submarine, but does contain traces of tongue-in-cheek bleakness.

The Kill Team

Today, 9.15pm, Vox 4

Saturday, 2.45pm, Vox 4

When a US soldier in Afghanistan, horrified by the murderous actions of his platoon (known as The Kill Team), tried to alert his commanders to their war crimes, he found himself the focus of a prosecution by the military. This documentary – the winner of the top doc prize at Tribeca – explores the story and how a lack of psychological preparation and support for soldiers going to war zones can lead to a tragic loss of life.

* Alex Ritman