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A view from up high of nuns lying face down on the church floor.
Mother Joan of the Angels

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów)

Unclassified 18+

7 Oct

Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun (which also inspired Ken Russell’s 1971 film The Devils) transposes the action to a 17th-century Polish convent, where a priest investigates demonic possession among nuns.

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  • However, he also finds himself involved in an unavoidable mutual attraction with the Mother Superior (Lucyna Winnicka, in the title role). Rich in symbolism, this film is above all anti-dogma in its message and has emerged over time as Kawalerowicz’s most widely known and celebrated work. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.