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AND THERE WAS LOVE IN GHETTO... / I BYŁA MIŁOŚĆ W GETCIE...
 
Director / Jolanta Dylewska, Andrzej Wajda
Genre / documentary essay
Status / in production
Runtime / 80'
Otter Films as / producer

The film is kind of an answer for a call made by Marek Edelman, the former commander of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Uprising who witnessed the extermination in the Warsaw Ghetto throughout its existence. In 2009 he published a book based on his own experience 'And there was love in the ghetto...'


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THE MUTE/ NIEMY
 
Director / Bartek Konopka
Genre / fiction
Status / in production
Runtime / 100'
Otter Films as / producer

Early Middle Ages - two men come to a pagan land: one to bring Christianity, the other to find his way of living.

They choose two different ways of reaching the pagans.

In the fight between dialogue and force, one of them will die.

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.


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LOSING SONIA / GDZIE JEST SONIA?
 
Director / Radka Franczak
Genre / creative documentary
Status / completed
Runtime / 50'
Otter Films as / co-producer

'Losing Sonia' ("Gdzie jest Sonia?") shows how a seemingly rigid monastery can be a place full of life, beauty and artistic expression. Sonia paints icons in the night and then sleeps until noon, she has a dog, a cat, canaries, and a body that rebelled against the strict rigour of the monks. Trying to understand Sonia's nature and the meaning of her life choices, we come to her family, marked with the history of Russia, and look inside the Orthodox church, which reflects the deep spirituality of a nation crippled by the regime. "Losing Sonia" tells the story of an unusual woman - young nun trying to rebuild the values lost during the social and political transformations in Russia.


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AYKA / MY LITTLE ONE
 
Director / Sergey Dvortsevoy
Genre / drama
Status / in production
Runtime / 100'
Otter Films as / coproducer

A young Kyrgyz girl - Ayka - lives and works illegally in Moscow. After giving birth to her son she leaves him in hospital. Some time later, however, her motherly yearning leads her to desperate attempts of finding the abandoned child. The director states: It began with a dry statistic. In 2010, 248 babies were given up by Kyrgyz mothers in Moscow's hospitals. What could be the reason behind Kyrgyz mothers voluntarily giving up their babies, abandoning them in a foreign country? What could be forcing them to commit such an act, unnatural for any woman? I realized I could not fail to make a film about this: a film about a Kyrgyz girl searching for the child she abandoned in a Moscow-based maternity ward. This film will be about all of us: about what happens when relations between people and their environment reach such an extreme that the individual begins to deteriorate morally, and life forces the individual to re-evaluate and to change, sometimes even against his or her will.


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