9-year-old Sara travels from Poland to Belgium, hidden in the luggage compartment of the bus. When she is caught and taken to the Center for Immigrants, it turns out that she is looking for her mother (Joanna), who emigrated for work three years earlier and broke contact by giving her away to an orphanage. A few days later the Center’s employees find Joanna who takes Sara to her place. Sara realizes: her mother has a new family and neither her Belgian partner Pierre nor his 10-year-old daughter Lucy knows about her existence. Pierre is angry that for a year of their relationship Joanna has been hiding the truth but he is trying to cope with the situation. Joanna ignores the problem.
To get her mother’s love, Sara starts competing with Lucy. The fight between the children aggravates the tension between adults. One evening, Lucy disappears. Pierre makes Sara responsible for that and wants to hand her over to the police. Sara runs away. When Joanna finds her, their confrontation reveals some hidden motivations. Sara confesses: she was looking for Joanna to relinquish her parental rights. Without this, she will never find a foster family. Joanna can’t agree to that and assures: she will never give up on her.
Joanna sees no more chance for their relationship with Pierre. She admits to abandoning Sara in the past. She leaves Pierre taking Sara with her. Pierre fights for Joanna and finally persuades her to return home.
Their life stabilizes but then Joanna disappears again. Pierre offers Sara to stay with him and Lucy. The girl agrees, but when she gets the message that Joanna is probably working in Normandy, she runs away again. We see her in the luggage compartment of a bus on which it writes: “Normandie, Caen”.
Teresa Zofia Czepiec
Teresa Czepiec is a Polish film director, screenwriter and storyboard artist. She studied architecture, visual arts (Le Fresnoy, France), and film directing (Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School, Poland). A graduate of the DOK PRO documentary film course at Wajda School(Poland). She made her diploma film “Superunit”, presented at over 80 international film festivals and won several prestigious film awards. She is the author of storyboards and situation graphics for feature films of the world’s renowned Polish filmmakers, such as Skolimowski, Smoczyńska, and Koszałka. She worked as an assistant director alongside the directors Skolimowski, Szumowska, Nauziciel, Rene Pollesch. Currently, she is preparing her feature film debut “An enemy” in Polish-Belgian co-production. Born in Belgium, she works in Poland and France.
Maciej Sobieszczański has many international awards to his name, including the Think: The Award at Berlinale 2015. His last film, THE RECONCILIATION, received an award in the First Look section of the Locarno International Film Festival and an award for best directing at the Montreal IFF in 2017. The script “Brother” won The XIV Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast in 2020, and Script Wars /Mazovia Film Institution 2019/ and the Polish Film Institute Script Competition /2020/.
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