DOK Leipzig Film Festival



Ola is an ordinary girl who longs for a stable home. But the small world she is doing everything in her power to preserve is still a house of cards. At the age of 14 she has already assumed the role of her absent mother, raising her autistic brother Nikodem and calling her father on the phone to stop him from boozing in the pub. The three of them live at close quarters between ancient patterned wallpaper. When the washing machine enters the spin cycle, they have to steady the rickety furniture.
Still Ola keeps hoping that her real mother will return.

The film revolves around Nikodem’s upcoming First Communion. Religious lessons are one of the last fixed points here in provincial Poland, even if they obviously fail to deal with the real problems. As Ola prepares her brother for this day, painting the blackest scenarios in case he should fail ( for sin is lurking everywhere), the intense and emotional relationship between two youngsters on their own unfolds in front of the camera. This includes Ola’s temper tantrums and her short moments of happiness as well as Nikodem’s almost anarchic misbehaviour and his near-continuous stream of fragmented sentences that sound like higher wisdom. The two teenagers oppose reality, which leaves them almost no room to breathe and is captured with distressing immediacy, with all their vitality.

Lars Meyer

Young Eyes Film Award 2016

Original Title: Komunia
Country: Poland
Year: 2016
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 72 min.
Format: HD Videofile (QT H.264 1080p)
Color: Colour
Director: Anna Zamecka
Producer: Anna Wydra, Anna Zamecka, Zuzanna Król, Hanka Kastelicova, Izabela Łopuch
Cinematographer: Małgorzata Szyłak
Editor: Agnieszka Glińska, Anna Zamecka, Wojciech Janas
Sound: Marcin Kasiński, Marcin Lenarczyk, Anna Rok, Katarzyna Szczerba
Script: Anna Zamecka

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