'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.
Bartek Konopka - director and Anna Wydra - producer presented project THE MUTE at PITCH STOP - Cinema Total's alternative pitching event. Following the morning's hand´s-on workshop with consultants from various film industry fields, six projects will be presented to a larger audience of international producers, distributors and other film professionals.
The story shows an attempt of christanisation of a pagan community in an unspecified place and time in the past.
Through a story of two missionary monks we want to tell about religiosity and spirituality, about modern civilisation and the consciousness that makes us able to put it aside. We move back to the times of pagans, great woods and forced christianisation because this is the perfect environment to show the importance of fundamental emotions and values.
The genre cinema pitching workshop will take place in Warsaw on 19 and 20 of December, organized by organized by 1,2 Film Association as a part of the association's series of workshops and discussion panels targeted at young filmakers, called „The first step toward the debut”.
The producers often complain that they do not receive any genre cinema scripts – the cinema that is accessible and engaging for the audience. The film debutants are afraid to start their career with genre, worrying about being pigeon-holed and considered cliche, as it is often with the genre authors. - say the organizers. - In reality the good genre cinema can be both understandable for the wide audience and of high artistic merit. We all want films like that. We'll talk about how we imagine the genre cinema in Poland and we'll give a chance to young screenwriters to present their projects in front of the Polish film producers.
TVP (Polish public television) has announced the list of 14 documentary projects that it will co-produce. One of them was the Otter Films project “And There Was Love in the Ghetto” to be directed by Jolanta Dylewska. According to the TVP Documentary Agency statement “The criteria to choose the project were: the subject of the film, the class of the director, the idea, the attractiveness of the script and the chance of being programmed by the festivals. The projects selected for production meet those criteria and create the opportunity for making the outstanding documentaries.”