Sońka is a story that takes place on the Polish-Belarusian borderland. It is a war romance without any sentimentalities. The story touches two important areas: a still crude history of Eastern Poland and a quest for new forms of the “theater of memory”.
A chance meeting between a well-known, young director and an old Belarusian on rural road in the Podlasie region gives rise to the story, which heard, it becomes the subject of a new and hard-hitting performance. Sońka recalls the last time the world passing into oblivion, where the wounds are raw and the problems are unsolved. The world of ostracism, violence, conflicting nationalisms, discord and war that was not the worst of tragedies and “gave a fancy”.
A successful, theatre director Igor, who suddenly found himself somewhere beyond the reach of mobile networks becomes a confidant of the history of the title character. He transforms the old woman’s history into a play up to speed, creating his own version of events. And when it might seem that he had already exhausted the limit of ideas, in a rural cottage his place is taken by Ignatius, whom Igor had persistently been trying to forget …
Sońka is based on facts, “great, but intimate; simple, but not easy; calm, but seething emotions; pacifist, yet brutal history.”
In the present social and political situation, this voice may sound incredibly current and fresh.