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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

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Communion

Anna Zamecka

  • Poland
  • 2016
  • 72min
  • DCP
  • color

Korean Premiere

Synopsis

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.

Review

A 14-year-old girl named Ola, living in a shabby cramped apartment in the suburbs of Warsaw, takes care of her home by herself. Her father is on the drink all the time and inadequate as a parent, her mother left home and get in touch by telephone with her sometimes, and the autistic brother, two years younger than her, has always been mentally unstable.

revolves around her preparing for the celebration of her brother Nikodem's First Communion, and carefully observes the life of which she takes responsibility unsuitable for her age. The celebration of the First Communion is one of the most important events in Poland, where more than 95 percent of its population is Catholic, and the day of the First Communion is when the whole family gathers together to celebrate it. For the day, she helps his brother, distracted by the autism, to memorize the phrase of the Bible, and she takes care of his father with poor ability. Further, she also tries to persuade her mother, living away from home, to attend the ceremony. By the way, her mother moved in with her baby after the Communion, and the course of the story is unfolding quickly in unexpected ways.

The director Anna Zamecka succeeded in having intimate relations with the persons and in capturing the dramatic moments in her first feature-length film. She made this film near perfect with careful shooting and refined style of editing, though standing at a respectful distance. Since the documentary won the jury prize of ‘Semaine de la critique’ at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival, it has been favorably reviewed and had the attention in Europe. [Han Sun-hee]​

Director

  • Anna Zamecka

    Communion (2016) 

Credit

  • ProducerAnna Wydra, Anna Zamecka, Zuzanna Król
  • Cinematography Małgorzata Szyłak
  • Editor Agnieszka Glińska, Anna Zamecka, Wojciech Janas
  • Sound Anna Rok, Katarzyna Szczerba

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