Hop Film Event


with director Anna Zamecka
May 06, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

A young Polish teenager tries to keep her troubled family together in this astonishing documentary-narrative.

21/22 Hop Film Event

COMMUNION by Anna Zamecka (trailer)

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 separately; but most of all she tries to reunite the family. 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. Garnering awards at multiple festivals and shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars, it 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 no failure is final, especially when love is in question. D: Anna Zamecka, Poland, subtitled, 2017

A conversation with director Anna Zamecka follows the film.

Presented in partnership with The Leslie Center for the Humanities

Anna Zamecka is a Polish director, writer and producer. Her debut feature film Communion was screened at over 100 international film festivals and received more than 40 awards, including the Critic's Week Award at the 69th Locarno Film Festival, the European Film Award for Best European Documentary 2017 and The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize at Yamagata IDFF 2017. It was also shortlisted in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Award (Oscars®). As a jury member, Zamecka has been a guest at many international film festivals, including Doc Aviv in Israel, Zagreb Dox in Croatia, Warsaw Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival and DokuFest in Kosovo among others. She has studied cultural anthropology and photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen. She is a member of the European Film Academy and the Polish Film Academy. 

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