CAIRO – 7 November 2017: “Komunia” (Communion), a 2016 Polish documentary by Anna Zamecka, is part of the lineup for the Panorama of the European Film and is set to screen on Wednesday, November 8.
Ola is a young girl in Warsaw who is forced to take on the responsibilities as the main caretaker of the house after her mother leaves the family. Her father, Marek, is drunk and lazy, refusing to help her with the work, and her brother Nikodem is severely autistic, highly energetic and demanding of Ola to perform simple tasks. All this wears on her, who tries her best to balance the struggles of her home life with the demands of school-work and maintaining a social life.
A hint of hope rises with the coming of Nikodem’s Holy Communion, which Ola sees as a chance to get the family back together at last. Premiering at the 69th Locarno Film Festival, "Komunia" has won various awards, including the Prize of the Youth Jury for Best Documentary at the 2016 Leipzig DOK Festival, Best Documentary at the 2016 Warsaw International Film Festival and the Critics Week Award at the Locarno International Film Festival 2016