Polish Prayers

Polish Prayers

25th TiDF: Greek Premiere

Twenty-two-year-old Antek grows up in a deeply religious and radical right-wing family in contemporary Poland. Catholicism, nationalism, and especially celibacy define his world. Filmmaker Hanka Nobis follows him and his friends of the Brotherhood, a small group of like-minded young men, for more than four years. Antek leads them in survival camps and at anti-pride demonstrations. At the same time, he is curious about the world, and mostly, about the women in it. For a long time, as this observational portrait follows him in measured chapters from church visits to demonstrations, festivities, and Brotherhood meetings, Antek seems completely in his element in this right-wing Catholic world. Around him, couples get married young to start procreating. But when Antek himself falls in love, doubts begin to set in – first about the prohibition of premarital sex, and ultimately about the existence of God.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Hanka Nobis
Script: Hanka Nobis, Esther van Messel
Cinematography: Miłosz Kasiura
Editing: Bigna Tomschin, Michał Poddębniak, Olivia Frey
Sound: Anna Rok, Kuba Knechciak, Kasia Szczerba, Oswald Schwander (design), Ralph Krause (mix)
Music: Marcel Vaid
Production: HBO Max, First Hand Films
Producers: Esther van Messel
Co-production: Offhand Films, MDR in collaboration with ARTE, SRF
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B/W
Production Country: Switzerland, Poland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 84'
Contact: First Hand Films

Hanka Nobis


2022 Polish Prayers