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Losing Sonia

Poland 2012 dir. Radka Franczak 50 min

  • Director: Radka Franczak
  • D.O.P.: Radka Franczak, Michael Ackerman, Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, Anna Wydra, Małgorzata Szyłak
  • Editing: Radka Franczak, Jarosław Kamiński
  • Producer: Katarzyna Ślesicka, Anna Wydra

This film reveals that it is possible to create the world full of life, beauty and artistic expression even in a rigid Orthodox monastery. Sonia, a young nun, paints icons at night, then she sleeps until noon. She’s got a dog, cats, egzotic birds and a body which has rebelled against the stiff monastic discipline. Trying to understand Sonia’s character and the meaning of her choices, we come to meet her family, that suffered because of the difficult history of Russia. The film is a journey inside the Orthodox Church and shows a deep nationial spirituality being reborn. “Losing Sonia” tells the story of a remarkable woman who is trying to re-establish the values that had been lost for Russian society during political regimes.

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