When adults fail, their children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she
must take care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother
who lives away from them and maintains her family ties primarily via phone.
She would give anything to be able to reunite a family that works about as
good as a broken TV set. She lives on the hopes of bringing her mother back
home one day. She uses her 13-year-old brother Nikodem’s Holy Communion
as a pretext for a family reunion. Ola is entirely responsible for preparing
a perfect family celebration. Revealing the beauty of the rejected, the
strength of the weak and the need for change when change seems impossible,
the film provides a crash course in growing up, teaching us that failure
is not final, especially when love is in question. An unexpectedly mature
debut that stands out with its sense of closeness to characters in front of
the camera and confident directing, Communion signals the emergence of
another remarkable auteur of Polish cinema.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    72 min
  • Country:
  • Director:
    Anna Zamecka
  • Screenplay:
    Anna Zamecka
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Małgorzata Szyłak
  • Editor:
    Agnieszka Glińska, Wojciech Janas, Anna Zamecka
  • Production:
    Otter Films, Wajda Studio, HBO Polska
  • Sales:
  • Festivals:
    Locarno 2016 (First prize in the Critics’ Week), Warsaw 2016 (Best Documentary award)


14.11.2016 15:45 Kino Lumière (K1)
15.11.2016 20:15 Kino Lumière (K4)

About the Director:

Anna Zamecka

Anna Zamecka lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. She studied journalism, anthropology and photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen. She also completed the Dok Pro Documentary Programme at Wajda School. Communion (Komunia) is her feature–length debut.