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Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

Monk of the Sea

Mnich z morza
Poland 2016, 69’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Rafał Skalski
screenplay: Rafał Skalski
cinematography: Filip Drożdż
editing: Filip Drzewiecki
music: Kuba Ziołek
producer: Jacek Nagłowski, Agnieszka Janowska, Paweł Kosuń
production: Centrala
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

2016 KFF – Nominacja do Złotego Lajkonika; 69th Locarno IFF - Semaine de la Critique

Film description

Ball is 30 years old, he lives with his parents, works day and night, likes to party, and enjoys other consumerist pleasures of city life. Yet, he decides to follow the Thai tradition and spend some time as a monk. He reports to a monastery in the beautiful countryside, managed by a charismatic leader with an intriguing past.

The Thai custom writes this spiritual training into the definition of a "real man." That is why, at some point in life, 70% of the male population become monks for a few days or a few months. The clash of monastery life and contemporary reality is increasingly striking. The director follows the protagonist's struggle with limiting the stimuli and entering the path of asceticism. It is not only an insight into the problems of the Thai society, but also a universal portrait of contemporary 30 year olds struggling with the challenges of modernity.

Finishing the documentary was possible partly thanks to crowdfunding. In the pre-production period, the filmmakers benefited from the assistance of their Thai colleagues, including Anocha Suwichakornpong (her films were shown at the 4th Five Flavours).

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Rafał Skalski

Graduated from the Film and Television Direction department of Łódź Film School. His feature debut "52 Percent" brought him the Golden Hobby Horse at the 47th Kraków Film Festival. In 2009, he received the stipend from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2010, he made a documentary "Kochankowie." His films were shown in competitions at New Horizons FF and Gdynia FF.


2007 52 procent

2007 Żeby nie było niczego

2009 Dziewczyny

2009 Kochankowie

2010 Zagraj ze mną (TV)

2014 Portrety Wojenne - Zdzisław Pacak (dok.)

2016 Mnich z morza

2016 Życie na podium (serial dok.)

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