A film by Lea Glob
2022, 116 minutes
No. 426

When Danish filmmaker Lea Glob first met Apolonia Sokol in 2009, she appeared to be leading a storybook life.

The talented Apolonia was born in an underground theatre in Paris and grew up in an artist community—the ultimate bohemian life. In her 20s, she studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, one of the most prestigious art academies in Europe. Over the years, Lea kept returning to film Apolonia as the latter sought her place in the art world, grappling with the agonies and joys of womanhood, the relationships with others and her own body and creation.

The result is a fascinating portrait of the young woman’s trying voyage into the art world. Apolonia is confident in her talent, but her path is not always an easy one to tread. Life is not a storybook, andApolonia learns that women painters have to make more sacrifices and overcome greater obstacles than their male counterparts. This also applied to the friend she lived with for a long time, OksanaShachko, one of the founders of the feminist action group Femen. Apolonia’s resilience is put to the test.

As time passes and a special bond grows between Apolonia and Lea, we witness a film being born anda painter rising to fame. 13 years on, the two women continue to reflect on each other’s paths in this mesmerising film about art, love, motherhood, sexuality, representation, and how to succeed in a world dominated by patriarchy, capitalism and war, without losing oneself.

Winner, Best Film Award, IDFA
Winner, Firebird Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Winner, Politiken:Dox Award, CPH:DOX
Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival

“Critic’s Pick! Apolonia Sokol is the ostensible subject of a wide-ranging documentary about life itself… That fact alone sets Apolonia, Apolonia apart from the deluge of subject-approved documentaries that have flooded the market and film festivals in the past several years… Apolonia, Apolonia is beguiling as a portrait of women with ambition, but also bittersweet.” - Alissa Wilkinson, The New York Times

“An impressively idiosyncratic, far-reaching work”Variety

“A keen reflection on creativity, motherhood and friendship.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“A multi-layered, intensely personal exploration of what's at stake in an artistic life.”The Film Verdict

“was utterly transfixed”Lena Dunham, writer, director, actress, producer