* WORLD PREMIERE - IDFA’22 in Competition


* Best Film Award
    IDFA International Competition 2022
- Jury Statement
“This film has characters who breathe life and take us on a journey, opening us up to the worlds of culture and art, of business and politics, of the mechanics of a success story. It is infused with love,” stated the jury members comprising filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo, IFFR head Vanja Kaludjercic, Egyptian auteur Yousry Nasrallah, director and editor Mary Stephen, and critic and festival programmer Yoshi Yatabe.

Apolonia, Apolonia

Category |Arts & Culture, Human Interest, Social Issues, Women
Year | 2022
Country | Denmark, Poland, France
Running time | 116’&52’
Format |
Production | Danish Documentary Production, Staron Films,
Director | Lea Glob

When Danish filmmaker Lea Glob first portrayed Apolonia Sokol in 2009, she appeared to be leading a storybook life. The talented Apolonia was born in an underground theater in Paris and grew up in an artists’ community—the ultimate bohemian existence. In her 20s, she studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, one of the most prestigious art academies in Europe. Over the years, Lea Glob kept returning to film the charismatic Apolonia and a special bond developed between the two young women. The result is a fascinating portrait, spanning 13 years, of a young woman trying to find her place in the art world.

Apolonia is confident in her talent, but her path is not always an easy one. Life is not a storybook; one of the lessons Apolonia learns is that women painters have to make more sacrifices and overcome greater obstacles than their male counterparts do. This also applied to the friend she lived with for a long time, Oksana Shachko, one of the founders of the feminist action group Femen. Apolonia’s resilience is put to the test.


Apolonia, Apolonia

Apolonia, Apolonia

Apolonia, Apolonia


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