28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Light years
Light years
Light years
Light years

Light years

director: Monika Proba
original title: Lata świetlne
country: Poland
year: 2021
running time: 28 min.


After completing seminary training, a graduate becomes a priest in the Orthodox Church only if he marries or becomes a monk. Vitalij and Łukasz delay this moment, living in a shared flat surrounded by books where they devote themselves to their hobbies – philosophical discussions and choral singing. This sensitively composed documentary explores non-conforming friendships that develop within a conforming institution. On the one hand are the pressures caused by expectations tied to social function, on the other is the individualistic experience of the joy of merely existing in the interim, especially when it finds support in the family and among close people.

“Will the bond between the protagonists turn out stronger than their religious obligations?”

Source: https://www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/online-cinema/film/3547-light-years/


Monika Proba (b. 1987) is a Polish filmmaker whose work includes documentary films, reports, video clips, and podcasts. She made her first documentary, Dreams of Java, about local shamanism, together with her sister during a study stay in Indonesia. It focuses on the role of rituals in human culture.

more about film

director: Monika Proba
producer: Ewa Jastrzębska
script: Monika Proba
photography: Zvika Gregory Portnoy
editing: Adriana Fernandez Castellanos, Monika Proba
sound design: Monika Proba, Mikolaj Lendzioszek, Anna Rok, Lucyna Wielkopolska-Lorenc
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