Apolonia, Apolonia

Lea Glob / , & / 2022

Award-winning existential portrait of artist Apolonia Sokol told over 13 years by filmmaker Lea Glob. One of last year's great sensations, and a film of rare depth and power.

Lea Glob has followed the Danish-French artist Apolonia Sokol over 13 years. The result is an extraordinarily up-close and personal film that is both a portrait of the life of a unique artist and of the budding friendship and intimacy between two women over a (very) long and formative period in their lives.  The charismatic Sokol was almost born to be an artist. The child of a French father and a Polish mother, she was born in a theatre in Paris and grew up in the city’s rambunctious bohemian milieu before taking up painting and training as an artist herself. Sokol’s friendship with Ukrainian artist and activist Oksana Shachko of the feminist group Femen becomes a dramatic and heartbreaking turning point. ‘Apolonia, Apolonia’ won the top prize at the IDFA documentary festival last year.