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 Otter Films - completed
Director / Anna Zamecka

Status / completed
Genre / documentary
Runtime / 72'
Format / HD
Country of production / Poland
Year of production / 2016
Original language / Polish
Subtitles / English
Otter Films as / producer

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main crew


Script & Directing: Anna Zamecka

Cinematography: Małgorzata Szyłak

Editing: Agnieszka Glińska, Anna Zamecka, Wojciech Janas

Producers: Anna Wydra, Anna Zamecka, Zuzanna Król, Hanka Kastelicova, Izabela Łopuch



When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives apart from them and is mainly heard the phone. Most of all she wants to reunite a family that simply doesn't work - like a defective TV set. She lives in the hope of bringing her mother back home. Her 13 year old brother Nikodem’s Holy Communion is a pretext for the family to meet up. Ola is entirely responsible for preparing the perfect family celebration.

"Communion" reveals the beauty of the rejected, the strength of the weak and the need for change when change seems impossible. This crash course in growing up teaches us that failure is not final. Especially when love is in question.

about the director


Anna Zamecka lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. She studied Journalism, Anthropology and Photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen.  She completed the Dok Pro Documentary Programme at Wajda School.  “Communion” is her full-length debut.



Grand Prix - La Semaine de la Critique - 69th Locarno International Film Festival 

Best Documentary - Warsaw Film Festival 2017

Young Eyes Award - DOK Leipzig 2016

Silver Eye Award - Jihlava IDFF 2016

Best Documentary - Minsk IFF Listapad 2016

Best Documentary - Bratislava IFF 2016

Best Documentary - Trieste IFF 2016

Best Documentary - TRT Documentary Awards 2017

Best Documentary - Oslo Pix Festival 2017

SOS-Kinderdorfer Weltweit Award - DOK Fest Munchen 2017

Special Mention - Zagreb Dox 2017

Best Documentary - E Tudo Verdade IFF 2017

festivals & special screenings


69th Locarno International Film Festival - La Semaine de la Critique

Warsaw Film Festival 


Bratislava International Film Festival



DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany 

Camerimage, Bydgoszcz, Poland

IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada




Production: HBO Europe, Wajda Studio, Otter Films

Associated Producer: MX35

Co-financed by: Polish Film Institute



Distribution in Poland: Aurora Films,

International sales: CAT&Docs, 



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