The co-production directed by Lea Glob has been nominated for a prestigious American independent cinema award. The winners will be announced on 27 November at the gala in Los Angeles.

The Gotham Awards have been presented since 1991 by the Gotham Film & Media Institute (The Gotham) - the largest American organization of independent filmmakers. Alongside the Independent Spirit Awards, the Gotham Awards are considered one of the most prestigious awards of American independent cinema.

The Polish co-production Apolonia, Apolonia by Lea Glob has a chance to win the award in the documentary category.

When Danish director Lea Glob met Apolonia Sokol in 2009, she seemed to be leading a wonderful, almost fairy-tale life. The talented Apolonia was born in an underground theatre in Paris and grew up among artists. At the age of 20, she was studying at Beaux-Arts de Paris – one of the most prestigious art academies in Europe. Over the years, Lea Glob has been returning to film the charismatic Apolonia, and a special bond has formed between the two young women.

The result is a fascinating portrait that covers 13 years from the life of a young woman trying to find her place in the art world. Apolonia is confident in her talent, but her path is not always easy. Life is not a fairy tale; one of the lessons Apolonia learns is that women painters have to make sacrifices and overcome more obstacles than their male colleagues. This also applies to her friend nad long-time roommate, Oksana Shachko, one of the founders of the feminist action group Femen. Apolonia's resilience is put to the test.

A list of all nominated titles can be found here.