Mother Joan of Angels

(Matka Joanna od Aniołów)


1961   >   Psychological drama

1961 Cannes Film Festival Jury Special Prize.

An amazing performance by Lucyna Winnicka, which earned her an award from the French Film Academy.

One of Poland’s most visually stunning movies.

The film is a creative interpretation of the famous story of the Loudun nun possessions,
based on the novel by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz.

The dramatic love of a prioress who breaks free of the convent’s isolation and a priest,
who through passion becomes aware of enslavement in dogmatic rules.

A convent in the far reaches of XVIIIth century Poland.  Father Suryn arrives to exorcize prioress Joanna, who is possessed by demons, but his mission fails when they discover feelings
for each other.

A psychological study of the mind which tests the resilience of willingly accepted limits
to human nature and of imposed restrictions.


Crew:

director
Jerzy Kawalerowicz
script
Tadeusz Konwicki, Jerzy Kawalerowicz
d.o.p.
Jerzy Wójcik
designer
Roman Mann, Tadeusz Wybult
costumes
Roman Mann, Tadeusz Wybult
editor
Wiesława Otocka
music
Adam Walaciński
cast
Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczysław Voit,
Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg,
Zygmunt Zintel
production manager
Ludwik Hager

Awards:

IFF, Cannes
Special Jury Award
France
Crystal Star- Award of the French Academy of Film (Lucyna Winnicka)
Łagów
Warsaw Mermaid (Polish Film Critics Award for Best Polish Feature Film)
Warsaw
Golden Duck (awarded by Film magazine)
Oberhausen
Young Western Germany Critics Award- International Short Film Festival
IFF, Panama
The Tribunascope Award (Lucyna Winnicka, Anna Ciepielewska, Zygmunt Zintel)
Materials: HD
Length: 103’

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