sanctuary_4A journey of one man’s self-discovery, at times dream-like and strange, Sanctuary is a visual portrayal of the wounds of losing someone whom you loved but failed. Jan is 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 in Ireland as a pretext to escape. But there’s no escape from memory when a young woman who reminds him of his wife brings forth emotions that he doesn’t know how to deal with. A breathtaking debut, Sanctuary effortlessly evokes the twin perils of heartbreak and hope that inevitably follow great loss. At once personal and profound, art-house yet everyday, Norah McGettigan has crafted an elegiac, challenging yet beautiful film that belies her status as a first-time film maker. Galway Film Fleadh 2012            

(Portions of this film are subtitled)

Director: Norah McGettigan
Script: Norah McGettigan & Gabriel Enrique Vargas Vasquez
Producer: Andrew Freedman, Katarzyna Slesicka
Cinematographer:  Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
Editor: Mariusz Kus
Cast: Jan Frycz, Anne-Marie Duff, Agnieszka Zulewska, Robert O’Mahoney,
Agnieszka Mandat
Production: Venom Film & Wajda Studio
Print Source: Venom Film –

Trailer ( Polish/English)

• Indie Fest Best of Show Award 2012
• Nominated for Andrzej Muck Prize: Lodz Film School Best Director Debut
• Anne-Marie Duff Best Supporting Actress Nomination IFT Awards 2013