drama I 2021 I Poland
SUNDAY 10/09/2023 6:00pm
Original Title: Sonata
Duration: 118 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Bartosz Blaschke
Writer: Bartosz Blaschke
Cast: Małgorzata Foremniak, Michał Sikorski,
Łukasz Simlat, Konrad Kakol, Irena Melcer,
Lech Dyblik, Jerzy Stuhr
Classification: Exemption (PG recommended)
Set in the majestic Tatra Mountains, a deeply moving story of a unique musician and his incredible journey to achieve the impossible. Winner of 8 international film festivals, the film is based on a true story of pianist Grzegorz Plonka, who as a child was misdiagnosed as autistic, only to learn many years later that the cause of his distant behaviour is serious hearing loss.
On the eve of his 15th birthday, Grzegorz Płonka's family learns that the cause of his distant behaviour isn't autism but a major hearing impairment. Born prematurely and misdiagnosed as an autistic child, he was sent to school together with severely impaired children, learning absolutely nothing. When implanted with a cochlear implant, Grzegorz discovers speech, sound, and music, with which he falls in love. It turns out that underneath his disability, great musical talent has been hidden for many years.
A beautiful true story of unbelievable determination and passion filled with music and stunning mountain landscapes.
"An impressive, moving biopic about Polish pianist Grzegorz Płonka (an astonishing Michael Sikorski, a deserving winner of the professional acting debut prize). " — Odie Henderson, Slant Magazine
"It captures a special poignancy, knowing what Grześ has been through, and what he will still have to endure, with the odds so cruelly against him. Sonata also garnered the Audience Award at Gdynia, and this fact goes some way to explaining its distinct appeal and its accessibility to practically any viewer."
— David Katz, Cineuropa
"Stylishly made, sensitive yet honestly directed but never shallow, this deserves wider attention" — MIB
He graduated in Cinematography and Photography at the Krzysztof Kieślowski FilmSchool at the University of Silesia and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of FilmDirecting in Warsaw. In 2021, he made his debut as director and screenwriter of the full-length feature film "Sonata". He is also the director of the short film "My father's eyes" (2015), documentary series "Patrol Tatry"(2019) and "The Neighbours" (2005), and a documentary short film "Ziętek" (2008). Blaschke is a two-time winner in the SCRIPT PRO screenwriting competition for: "Sonata" (2018, 2nd place) and "Felicia &Jesus" (2014, 3rd place). He is also the author of scripts for many polish tv series like "Na dobre i na złe" (2016), "Na sygnale" (2014-2016), "Ojciec Mateusz" (2014), "Nad rozlewiskiem" (2012).
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: Grand Prix International Competition I Sofia International Film Festival I 2022
WINNER: Best Film in the International and Balkan Competition Audience Award I Sofia International Film Festival I 2022
WINNER: Best Film Debut I 3Kino International Film Festival, Prague I 2022
WINNER: Best Film Audience Award I Biopic Fest, Rome I 2022
WINNER: Best Film Audience Award I Gdynia Film Festival I 2021
WINNER: Best Debut Actor I Gdynia Film Festival I 2021