The film is a powerful French-Polish drama about the crises of faith that emerge when a house of God is ravaged by war, based on the little-known case of the French Red Cross doctor Madeleine Pauliac and the convent to which she ministered following the end of World War II.
In Poland in 1945, Mathilde is a young French doctor with the Red Cross on a mission to help World War II survivors. When a nun seeks her help, she is brought to a convent where 30 Benedictine nuns live cut off from the world. She discovers that several are due to give birth, having been assaulted by Soviet soldiers. Unable to reconcile their faith with their pregnancy, the nuns turn to Mathilde, who becomes their only hope.
Friday, 14 October - 18.15, Picturehouse Central
Sunday, 16 October - 12.45, Hackney Picturehouse
UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival followed by 11th Nov UK release