Michał Hytroś | Poland 2018 | 20 Min. | OmeU

Long Scrabble evenings, extensive walks and everyday routines. Behind the mighty walls of the oldest enclosed convent in Poland – the Benedictine monastery in Staniatki, near Krakow – the life of the twelve nuns in their seventies does not quite correspond to the clichéd ideas of outsiders. Despite their age and the world of rapid change, they try to live every day according to the time-honoured rule “ora et labora“.
With a lot of humour and esprit the facets of the sisters’ everyday life invite us to both chuckle and reflect.

Director:Michał Hytroś
Camera and Sound: EJanusz Szymański, Bogdan Klat
Editing: Marcin Wojciechowski
Producer: Karolina Misiorowska

10th Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2018 (competition); 58th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2018 (Silver Dragon); Film Festival Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2018, 2018 (competition); MakeDox, Macedonia, 2018 (screening); Message to Man IFF, Russia, 2018 (competition); CinEast – Central and Eastern European FF, Luxembourg, 2018 (competition); Riga International FF, Latvia, 2018 (competition); Seminci – Valladolid IFF, Spain, 2018 (competition); DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2018 (competition); Listapad Minsk IFF, Belarus, 2018 (competition); 59th Festival dei Popoli, Italy, 2018 (competition); 1st Global University Film Awards, Hong Kong, 2018 (competition); Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2018 (competition); Kinofilm: Manchester International Film Festival, The United Kingdom, 2018 (Runner Up Best Student Award); Cinemaiubit International Student Film Festival, Romania, 2018 (Best Short Documentary); Antarctis Film Festival, Antarctica, 2019 (screening); Budapest International Documentary Festival, Hungary, 2019 (competition); 21st Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival, Spain, 2019 (Grand Prix); Neisse Film Festival 2019, Germany, 2019 (Best Short Film); Class Fest International Festival of Theater Schools, Moldova, 2019 (competition); 21st Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, 2019 (competition); 34th Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Spain, 2019 (competition); 3rd Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Festival, Portugal, 2019 (Special Mention); SHOTS: International Independent Short Film Festival, Slovenia, 2019 (Best Documentary); 19 International Film Schools Festival, Uruguay, 2019 (Best Documentary); CILECT Prize 2019, 2019 (Best Documentary); EBS International Documentary FF, South Korea, 2019 (competition); Atlantic International Film Festival, 2019 (Best Documentary Short Film); Quebec City Film Festival 2019, Canada, 2019 (screening); Viva Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019 (competition); Equinoxio Film Festival, Colombia, 2019 (competition); BEAST International Film Festival 2019, Portugal, 2019 (Best Documentary Film); International Short Film Festival Kalmthout 2019, Belgium, 2019 (Best Documentary Short); STIFF – Student International Film Festival 2019, Croatia , 2019 (STIFF Best Documentary Award); Georgia Documentary Film Festival 2019, USA, 2019 (competition)

Michał Hytroś was born in 1994 in Krakow. He studies directing at The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz and acting at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.