xABo: Father Boniecki
Dir. Aleksandra Potoczek / Poland / 2020 / 73’
Director: Aleksandra Potoczek
Screenplay: Aleksandra Potoczek
Cinematography: Adam Palenta, Szymon Sinoff
Editing: Marcin Sucharski
Sound: Tomasz Kochan
Music: Hania Rani
Producer: Aleksander Kardyś
Production: Fundacja Tygodnika Powszechnego in co-production with: Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe, Regionalny Fundusz Filmowy, TVN
World sales: KFF Sales&Promotion
The film title refers to the initials used by Father Adam Boniecki to sign his articles in "Tygodnik Powszechny". This weekly is the only place where he can publish after a ban was imposed on him by the Catholic Church leaders in Poland. Since then the priest has been even more active participating in over 200 meetings with his readers every year. The film is an intimate portrait of a man on the road. It shows a priest, aged 85, who can always find time for a meaningful conversation and, simultaneously, remains torn between his faith and concern about the condition of the contemporary Church, in particular in Poland.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Krakow Film Festival (Maciej Szumowski Award)
Director of documentaries, as well as film and cultural programmes. Lecturer at the SWPS in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, the Film School in Lodz and the Wajda School. Her documentary film "Voyage, voyage" (2017) received the Silver Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in France and the award for Best Education and Culture Documentary at the World Media Festival in Hamburg. She is a laureate of the “Phil Epistemoni” Award granted by the KRSWK (Rectors of Universities in Krakow) for outstanding achievements in the field of higher education, science, culture and art and its promotion in Poland and abroad. “xABo: Father Boniecki” is her feature-length debut.