'Losing Sonia' by Radka Franczak premieres at Vision du Reel Date: 2012-03-15

'Losing Sonia', a documentary by Radka Franczak co-produced by Wajda Studio (Katarzyna Ślesicka) and Otter Films (Anna Wydra) will be screened at 18. Vision du Réel Festival at Nyon, Switzerland, in the International Medium-Length Film Competition section of this prestigious festival.

Radka Franczak's documentary shows how one can create a beautiful world full of life and artistic expression within the strict frames of an orthodox monastery. Sonia, a young nun, paints the icons at night and then sleeps until noon; she has a dog, cats, exotic birds and a body that rebels against the strict monk life rules. Attempting to understand Sonia and the meaning of her life decisions, we meet Sonia's family that has been influenced by the difficult Russian history. At the same time the film is a journey to the inside of the orthodox church, a journey that shows how the deep spirituality of the Russian nation is being reborn. 'Losing Sonia' tells a story of an incredible woman who tries to rebuild the values that were lost by the Russian society under the rules of subsequent political regimes.

'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.

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The best news! COMMUNION wins in 27th Semaine de la critique - Locarno!! We are happy and proud of the whole wonderful crew. We can't wait for the first screenings in Poland that are coming soon. 

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