Monk of the sea

Thailand. Ball, thirty-year-old corporate guy, leads a very entertaining life full of parties. One day, he decides to become a short-term buddhist monk. So says Thai tradition. For Thai people going to the monastery is equal to a kind of initiation. In the watt Thai men become real men. Ball hopes to find his life goal within 15 days. This is how long he is about to stay in an unusual monastery surrounded by water, where he will be ordained, and where he will meet charismatic Abbot.

Orginal title    :   Mnich z morza
Written and directed by    :   Rafał Skalski
DoP    :   Filip Drożdż
Produced by    :   Centrala
Producers    :   Agnieszka Janowska, Paweł Kosuń, Jacek Nagłowski,
Co-producers    :    Indi Film, Mosquito Film
Production manager    :   Agnieszka Janowska, Paweł Kosuń
Music by    :   Kuba Ziołek
Sound by    :   Franek Kozłowski – Ucho Studio
Editing by    :   Filip Drzewiecki
Colouring by    :   Michał Kowalski
Language    :   Thai with English subtitles
Genre    :   documentary film
World premiere    :   30.05.2016 Krakow Film Festival
International premiere    :   08.08.2016 Locarno Film Festival – Semaine de la Critique
Running time    :   68'


Rafał Skalski - born 1985, 8 September. Film director and script writer of documentaries, fictions and commercials.

A graduate of the Directing Department of the Polish National Film School in Lodz. His films “52 percent" (Polish National Television, 2007), “Girls” (Polish National Television, 2009), “Play with me” (Polish National Television, 2010),”Lovers” (HBO, 2010) have been awarded and screened at many international festivals such as Cannes, IDFA Amsterdam, DOXA Vancouver, London, Lisbon, Toronto, Cracow, etc.

He has been awarded several scholarships for talented young artists in Poland, participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus and is a member of the Polish Film Academy.



Since 2014 Wrocławska Fundacja Filmowa has ventured into the world of distribution of feature and documentary films. Our first film “Gottland” was the 3rd most popular documentary film in Polish cinemas in 2014.


Centrala - We focus on producing movies of young authors. We operate since 2004.Among others we produced following documentaries: The last day of summer (i.a. Golden Frog – Grand Grix – Camerimage, Remembrance and Future – GoEast), Gugara (i.a. Golden Hobby Horse and prize of the president od Polish Television - Krakow Film Festival, The Intangible Heritage Award – Ciemna du Reel, Best Debut – Era New Horizons, screening at Programmation Acid – Cannes 2008), The Clinic (i.e. Best Directing – Punto de Vista, Grand Prix – DokumentArt). Our most recently produced feature movie In The Shadow directed by David Ondricek was a Czech candidate for Oscars. It was also honoured with 9 Czech Lions.


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