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by Norah McGettigan


The story of Jan, a successful Warsaw plastic surgeon with an unsuccessful home life: he and his wife live in the same house but are estranged; his daughter left home early and has no contact with him. One day he returns from a business trip to find his wife dead in the back garden. Unable to cope with his daughter’s grief and resentment and his own heartache and guilt, he uses a conference abroad as a pretext to escape. But there’s no escape from memory: a young woman who reminds him of his wife brings forth emotions that he doesn’t know how to deal with.

international title: Sanctuary
original title: Sanctuary
country: Ireland, Poland
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Norah McGettigan
film run: 90'
release date: PL 26/10/2012
screenplay: Norah McGettigan, Gabriel Vargas
cast: Augustyn Frank Cero, Anne-Marie Duff, David Fennelly, Jan Frycz, Robert O'Mahoney, Niamh O'Rourke
cinematography by: Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
film editing: Mariusz Kus
art director: Nenazoma McNamee
costumes designer: Maeve Paterson
production: Venom Film, Wajda Studio
backing: Irish Film Board, Polish Film Institute
distributor: Best Film
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