Sat Oct 28, 3:30 PM
Director: Lea Glob
Denmark, Poland
156 minutes

A candid, intoxicating portrait of an artist as she breaks into the brutal international scene.

Brimming with a rare alchemy that only springs from a courageous, unguarded collaboration between subject and chronicler, Apolonia, Apolonia is a special observational documentary. Danish director Lea Glob follows young French painter Apolonia Sokol over thirteen years as the artist strives to break into the international scene. Bohemian and charismatic, Apolonia commands close attention, and thrives in her early career in Paris amongst activists and friends. It is when she steps onto a more commodified global stage, taking her to New York and Los Angeles, that she meets patriarchal obstacles, and challenges to her identity and self-worth. A fascinating portrait that reveals much not only about the mesmerising figure of Sokol, but also of director Glob’s own artistic insecurities and personal challenges.

“The absorbingly intimate portrait of an artist as a young woman over the transformative span of 13 years.” (Screen International)

“It feels like the viewer is getting to know Apolonia deeply – and what a pleasure.” (Film Inquiry)

Premiere Australian Premiere
Film Type Feature Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Language English, French
Subtitles English
Director Lea Glob
Producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Writer Lea Glob
Cinematographer Lea Glob
Editor Andreas Bøggild Monies, Thor Ochsner
Music Jonas Struck
Genre Art, LGBTQ+, Teenager