Apolonia, Apolonia

Lea Glob, Denmark, 2022

115 min.DK/Documentary

When Danish filmmaker Lea Glob first portrayed Apolonia Sokol in 2009, she appeared to be leading a storybook life. The talented Apolonia was born in an underground theater group in Paris and grew up in an artists’ community—the ultimate bohemian existence. In her 20s, she studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, one of the most prestigious art academies in Europe. Over the years, Lea Glob kept returning to film the charismatic Apolonia and a special bond developed between the two young women. The result is a fascinating portrait, spanning 13 years, of a young woman trying to find her place in the art world. Apolonia is confident in her talent, but her path is not always an easy one. Life is not a storybook; one of the lessons Apolonia learns is that women painters have to make more sacrifices and overcome greater obstacles than their male counterparts do. This also applied to the friend she lived with for a long time, Oksana Shachko, one of the founders of the feminist action group Femen. Apolonia’s resilience is put to the test.
Basic information Credits
Original title Apolonia, Apolonia
Danish title Apolonia, Apolonia
Keywords France, Denmark, USA, Poland, Turkey, Sokol, Apolonia, Artists, Women, Young women, Painters, art of painting, The, Art exhibitions, Friendship, 2000-2009, 2010-2019, 2020-2030
Director Lea Glob
Screenplay Lea Glob
Producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Director of Photography Lea Glob
Editor Andreas Bøggild Monies, Thor Ochsner
Sound Anna Żarnecka-Wójcik
Composer Jonas Struck
Appearance Apolonia Sokol, Oksana Shachko, Aleksandra Tlolka, Hervé Breuil
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International sales CAT&Docs
Danish theatrical release 23.03.2023
Online release 30.10.2023, Filmcentralen
Comment Lea Glob's documentary 'Apolonia, Apolonia' has won the Award for Best Film at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam. It is her first feature film outside co-direction. She has co-directed the feature film: 'Olmo & The Seagull' (2015) with Petra Costa, and 'Venus' (2016) with Mette Carla Albrechtsen. Glob's work is centered on strong female character’s, and she uses cinema to make visible hidden social structures, so we can see them in new ways.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Danish Documentary Production
Co-production Staron Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Camera Film


Direction Lea Glob
Director Lea Glob


Screenplay Lea Glob
Voice over manuscript Lea Glob
Voice over manuscript Andreas Bøggild Monies


Producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Executive producer Hanka Kastelicova
Executive producer Eva Mulvad
Executive producer Mikala Krogh
Executive producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Executive producer Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Co-producer Malgorzata Staron
Line producer Emma Sonne-Hansen
Post Producer Mia Bang Stenberg


Cinematographer Lea Glob
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Maggie Olkuska
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Magda Bojdo


Editor Andreas Bøggild Monies
Editor Thor Ochsner
B-editor Claudio Hughes
B-editor Allan Funch Petersen


Composer Jonas Struck

Production design

Art director Susanne Eeg


Sound designer Anna Żarnecka-Wójcik

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Colorist Anders V. Christensen


Appearance Apolonia Sokol
Appearance Oksana Shachko
Appearance Aleksandra Tlolka
Appearance Hervé Breuil

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