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11 July 2014
Marcin Pieńkowski’s Top Ten

The organizers of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival recommend a number of titles that should not be missed. Here is the Top Ten list as selected by the Festival’s PR and marketing director, Marcin Pieńkowski:

Tommy dir. Ken Russell (retrospective)

Ken Russell’s hit rock opera. Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, and … a singing Jack Nicholson! Like the rest of the retrospective (especially Lisztomania and Women in Love), this film is not to be missed.

Dial M for Murder in 3D dir. Alfred Hitchcock (New Horizons of Film Language: special effects)

The master of suspense in 3D?! Indeed! Such things were not being done at a time when television was taking away American cinema audiences. The section New Horizons of Film Language will also include the wonderful Czechoslovak film The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, by Karel Zeman, based on Jules Verne’s For the Flag.

Boyhood dir. Richard Linklater (Panorama)

A masterpiece. A phenomenal coming-of-age film made over the course of 12 years, the complete opposite of a typical American teen movie. Wonderful dialogue, natural acting, and a lot of truth about children and families. I am also waiting for Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders – a Spirit of the Beehive for our era.

Winter Sleep dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan (opening film, Panorama)

I have been waiting for Ceylan’s next film, since he is, in my opinion, the most important contemporary director. His films get under your skin; they are unsettling, fascinating. That was certainly the case with Uzak and Three Monkeys. And so what if the film is more than three hours long? His films do not tire me out at all.

Polish Cinema

I am happy to see so many Polish films in the program, including well-known directors, like Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal or Przemek Wojcieszek, as well as those making their debuts, like Marcin Dudziak, with his film Calling. In addition, there is Grotowski through the eyes of Radziszewski, Jarzyna yet again making an adaptation of Masłowska, as well as Solakiewicz, with his film about Rudnik.

Baal dir. Volker Schlöndorff (Cinema Classics)

A real gem of the German New Wave that even diehard cinephiles know only from descriptions. Due to a restriction placed on distribution of the film by Brecht’s heirs, it could not be acquired for decades. Rainer Werner Fassbinder himself plays the lead role.

We Are the Best! dir. Lukas Moodysson (Panorama)

This Swedish director is finally returning to his roots. An unconventional film about teens made with energy and objectivity.

Nebraska dir. Alexander Payne (2013/2014 Season)

Largely ignored by cinema audiences, this is one of the best films of the year. A timeless, bittersweet film about chasing an empty dream. And Bruce Dern, of course!

Refugiado dir. Diego Lerman (Panorama)

Outstanding cinematographer Wojtek Staroń is once again behind the camera in another international production – an intimate, emotional film about an important subject.

The Missing Picture dir. Rithy Panh (Panorama)

A harrowing film about blood-soaked Cambodia. A winner in Cannes and nominated for an Oscar, this is one of the most important films of the year.

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