A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Poland 2013
  • Czech
80 min.

1962, Poland. Anna is a lovely, 18-year-old woman who is preparing to take orders in the same convent where she has lived since becoming an orphan. The mother superior informs Anna that prior to taking her vows, she should meet with her only living relative – her mother’s sister Wanda. These two temperamentally different women set out on a journey together into their family’s past that will lead them toward their destiny. The black-and-white, visually striking picture explores the uncertainty of these complex characters with both conviction and profound humanity, their spirits reflected with great power in the faces of the two actors. One of Britain’s most original directors, Polish born Pawel Pawlikowski had this to say about the film: "I wanted to make a film about history, which would not feel like a historical film; a film which is moral, but has no lessons to offer; I wanted to tell a story in which ‘everyone has their reasonsʼ – a story closer to poetry than plot.”

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Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Screenplay: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Cinematography: Ryszard Lenczewski, Łukasz Żal
Music: Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Sound: Claus Lynge
Editing: Jarosław Kamiński
Production Design: Marcel Slawinski, Katarzyna Sobanska
Producer: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczyńska
Co-production: Christian Falkenberg Husum
Costumes: Ola Staszko
Cast: Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski, Halina Skoczyńska, Joanna Kulig, Mariusz Jakus

Academy Awards

2015 – Paweł Pawlikowski (Best Foreign Language Film)

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

2015 – Best Film Not in the English Language

European Film Awards

2014 – Paweł Pawlikowski (European Film)

European Film Awards

2014 – Paweł Pawlikowski (European Director)

European Film Awards

2014 – Paweł Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz (European Screenwriter)

European Film Awards

2014 – Łukasz Żal, Ryszard Lenczewski (European Cinematographer)