'Losing Sonia' is Radka Franczak's debut in medium length. The director harks back to the subject of her short film 'Stiepan' (produced by Wajda Studio, 2006) that was a record of a conversation with a a traveller met at a Terespol train station. 75.y.o. Russian tells his life story in 13 minutes- a story of a deeply religious man who never gave up on his faith, even when he was heavily opressed.
Anna Wydra and Radka Franczak met Sonia during their stay at Iwanow in 2007 and this is when the production of this unique documentary started.
One of the 5 cinematographers that have worked on this film is Michael Ackerman, an American photographer famous for his radical and unique approach to the picture. Anna Wydra is the producer of the film and the author of part of the cinematography and sound.
Other cinematographers were Ita Zbroniec-Zajt and Małgorzata Szyłak. Monika Grochowska helped a lot with organizing the location shooting and sound production. Jacek Kamiński took care of the editing along with Radka Franczak. Marcin Lenarczyk did a lot of hard work on balancing the sound and took care of the music. Coloring and post-production was handled by Matusz Romaszkan. When the film was done it has begun to be the task of Asia Skalska and her team to promote it.
The film was financed by Polish Film Institute.
Vision du Reel screenings: April 22nd and 23rd.