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.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów)
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.