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Program for the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival

July 24 – August 3, 2014

The 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, the biggest film-related event in Poland, will take place from July 24 through August 3, 2014. Some 365 films will be screened at the event, including 199 full-length features. The screenings will take place at the New Horizons Cinema and on Wrocław’s Market Square. Wrocław, European Capital of Culture 2016, will host the event for the ninth time. T-Mobile Polska S.A. will be the Festival’s official partner for the 12th time.

Opening and Closing

On Thursday, July 24, the Festival will open with three evening sessions. The opening film will be Damián Szifron’s Argentinean satire Wild Tales, which took part in this year’s main competition in Cannes and was co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar. The second film of the first evening will be Winter Sleep, by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. A Palme d’Or winner in Cannes, Winter Sleep is a fascinating, intimate portrait of a married couple that is filled with hidden emotions, filmed in the majestic landscape of Turkey’s Cappadocia region. The third film of the evening will be the acclaimed Clouds of Sils Maria, by one of the most fascinating contemporary directors, Olivier Assayas. The film took part in the main competition in Cannes and stars Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in the lead roles.

On Saturday, August 2, during the awards gala for the 14th edition of the Festival, we are going to show the Italian film The Wonders, by Alice Rohrwacher, which won the Grand Prix at this year’s Festival in Cannes. It is a film about the world of childhood, combining realism with fairytale cruelty.

Competitions, Polish Films, and World Premieres

The New Horizons International Competition will include 13 titles: original, unconventional films that seek out new forms of expression. For the first time in the Festival’s history, this competition will include three Polish films: Parasite by Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal; How to Disappear Completely (world premiere), by Przemysław Wojcieszek; and Calling (world premiere), Marcin Dudziak’s feature-film debut based on the prose of Kazimierz Orłoś.

Creative documentary films and docufiction works about art, music, and culture will compete for awards in the Films on Art International Competition, including two Polish films: The Prince (world premiere), by Karol Radziszewski, a look at the legend of Jerzy Grotowski through the prism of his actors from the Laboratorium troupe; and 15 Corners of the World (world premiere) by Zuzanna Solakiewicz, a portrait of Eugeniusz Rudnik, a cult composer and sound engineer and one of the co-creators of the Experimental Studio at Polish Radio.

Another Polish highlight of the Festival will be the premiere screenings of Grzegorz Jarzyna’s film adaptation of Dorota Masłowska’s play Między nami dobrze jest (No Matter How Hard We Tried), a story about Polish society during the time of the transformation that is full of grotesque dialogues consisting of twisted quotes from pop culture, mockery of the language used in advertisements and glossy magazines, and national stereotypes. The cast includes Roma Gąsiorowska, Danuta Szaflarska, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, and Aleksandra Popławska, among others. No Matter How Hard We Tried is a coproduction of TR Warszawa and the National Audiovisual Institute.

Other competitions include the Polish Short Films Competition and the European Shorts Competition. A new competition called Magnify will screen films and video clips made by filmmakers and visual artists from Lower Silesia. The awards for this latter competition are financed by Wrocław, European Capital of Culture 2016, and the Center of Audiovisual Technology in Wrocław, which will provide the competition winner with a grant and an opportunity to make an original film as part of CeTA project.

Masters, Stars of the Screen, and Festival Winners

While the competitions will screen films by promising new filmmakers, the Panoramaand Ale kino+ sections will feature works by recognized directors, masters of world cinema, that have been honored at prestigious festivals. This year’s program will include the latest films by Aleksey German (Hard to Be a God, based on a novel by the Strugatskiy brothers), Naomi Kawase (Still the Water), Bertrand Tavernier (The French Minister), Ki-duk Kim (Moebius), Claude Lanzmann (The Last of the Unjust), Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dogs, winner of the jury prize at the Festival in Venice, and Journey to the West), Jean Luc-Godard (Goodbye to Language 3D, winner of the Jury Award in Cannes), Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Dance of Reality), Denis Côté (Joy of Man’s Desiring), Alexander Payne (Nebraska, nominated for eight Oscars), Amos Gitai (Ana Arabia), Lukas Moodysson (We Are the Best!), Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, winner of the best screenplay in Cannes), György Pálfi (Free Fall), Kornel Mundruczó (White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes), Bruno Dumont (L’il Quinquin), Lisandro Alonso (Jauja, winner of a FIPRESCI in Cannes, starring Viggo Mortensen), Hayao Miyazaki (The Wind Rises), and Reha Erdem (Singing Women).

The Festival’s program includes 20 filmsfrom among the official selections at this year’s Festival in Cannes. In addition, the entire program from the short-film competition Quinzaine des Réalisateurs from this year’s Festival in Cannes will also be shown, including the Polish film Fragmenty (Fragments), by Agnieszka Woszczyńska.

The program at the 14th edition of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival will also include winners from the Festival in Locarno (Albert Serra’s Golden Leopard-winning The Story of My Death), from Sundance (Chilean director Alejandro Fernández Almendras’s To Kill a Man) and from the Festival in Berlin (Richard Linklater’s Silver Bear-winning Boyhood, an extraordinary story about growing up that was made over the course of 12 years).

The Festival’s program will also include films featuring some of the stars of world cinema. Richard Ayoade’sthriller The Double, a loose adaption of a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, stars Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg. Wasikowska also played the lead role in the Australian film Tracks, which took part in the competition in Venice. American movie star James Franco will appear in a dual role this time, as both an actor and the director of Child of God, an adaption of a novel by Cormac McCarthy (which was also in the competition in Venice). Denis Villeneuve, the maker of Incendies and Prisoners, is back again this time with a more dreamlike and mysterious thriller, Enemy, starringJake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini, among others.

From Cave to Björk – Music on Screen

The Festival will screen a number of films about music icons from around the world. Charismatic musician, singer, and writer Nick Cave is the subject of 20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s documentary that took home an award for best direction at the Sundance Film Festival. The Films on Art International Competition will be showing Florian Habicht’s Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets about the band Pulp, a legend of British pop, as well as Björk: Biophilia Live, by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, a combination of a visual performance and a recording of an unusual concert by the Icelandic singer in which she performs songs from her eighth studio album. The Festival’s program will also include the documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper about one of the most colorful figures in the history of hard rock, who was a also a precursor to heavy metal. Peter Gabriel: Back to Front is a recording of Peter Gabriel’s spectacular concert at London’s O2 Arena in October 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of his outstanding album So. Fans of the British group Archive will have a chance to watch the Spanish collective NYSU’s film project Axiom, an audiovisual performance and an apocalyptic illustration of the band’s last album. Archive’s leaders, Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths will be guests at the Festival and will meet with public following the screening of Axiom and will also perform a special DJ set at the Festival Club at Arsenal.

Russell, Communes, VHS, Greek, Special Effects – Overviews and Retrospectives

Legendary British filmmaker Ken Russell will be the subject of a retrospective that will feature rarely seen documentaries made for the BBC, cult musical films (Mahler, Lisztomania, Tommy), and some of the director’s best-known works, including The Devils, Women in Love, and Altered States.

The program will also include an overview of the work of Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, an avant-garde artistic duo who use found footage, as well as an overview of the work of experimental filmmaker, graphic artist, and performer Wojciech Bąkowski, who will also be on the jury for the Films on Art International Competition.

One of the highlights of the Festival will be an overview of one of the most interesting contemporary film movements, New Greek Cinema, where, despite the economic crisis, a group of filmmakers has appeared who have been making original productions that have been highly acclaimed around the world. The program will also include an overview of Basque Documentaries in cooperation with the International Film Festival in San Sebastian, which is also a European Capital of Culture 2016. The section Post New Wave: a tribute to "Cahiers du Cinéma" will screen works by some of the masters of French cinema of the 1970s and 1980s that have rarely been shown in Poland, including by Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel, Jacques Doillon, and Maurice Pialat.

Communes will be the focus of the section Third Eye. The program will include highly acclaimed documentary films, direct recordings, archival footage, and meetings with the founders and members of some legendary communes. The subject of the section New Horizons of Film Language will be special effects. The program will include both classic and contemporary productions that use special effects, meetings with specialists from the Platige Image studio and with one of the masters of analog effects, Janusz Król, whose sets from Marek Piestrak’s cult classic Curse of Snakes Valley will adorn the New Horizons Cinema throughout the Festival. The main subject of this year’s edition of Midnight Madness will be VHS cassettes. The program will include documentaries about VHS aficionados, cult films that went straight to video, and a midnight marathon by the VHS Hell collective.

And a Little More of the Classics…

The Festival will also pay tribute to a number of directors who passed away recently by including some of their films in the program, including Alain Resnais, Vera Chytilová, Miklós Jancsó, and Edward Żebrowski. To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Derek Jarman, one of the most prominent figures in British independent cinema, the Festival will show new, digitally remastered versions of three of his most important films, Jubilee, Caravaggio, and Blue). Twenty years ago, Wim Wenders won a Palme d’Or for Paris, Texas, a new, digitally remastered version of which will be screened Wrocław.Audiences will be treated to a screening of Volker Schlöndorff’s 1970s film Baal, based on a play by Bertolt Brecht and starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the title role. Distribution of the film was stopped in 1970 by Brecht’s widow, and it was only in 2011 that his granddaughter agreed to once again allow public screenings of the film. A digitally remastered version of the film premiered at this year’s Festival in Berlin.

 

There will be screenings on Wrocław’s Market Square every day at 10:00 p.m. The program will include new titles, as well as classics, including a newly digitally remastered version of Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s The Inn, as well as Edward Puchalski’s legendary 1922 silent film Rok 1863 (1863), remastered as part of the Polish National Film Archive’s Nitrofilm project, and featuring music composed by Michał Lorenc performed live by the group Zespół DesOrient, whose members include Marta Maślanka, Małgorzata Szarlik, Klaudiusz Baran, Bogdan Kupisiewicz, Mariusz Puchłowski, Robert Siwak, and Michał Woźniak. 1863 is the first screen adaptation in the history of Polish cinema of Stefan Żeromski’s novel The Faithful River.

Gdynia on the Horizon will show a double bill featuring two highly acclaimed films from 1971: Krzysztof Zanussi’s Behind the Wall and Mike Leigh’s Bleak Moments, which enter into a dialogue with one another. Following the screenings, Michał Oleszczyk, director of the Film Festival in Gdynia, will conduct a workshop with the public.

Guests of the Festival will include the makers of the majority of the competition films, as well as the outstanding French documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann (the maker of the acclaimed Shoah); Israel’s best-known director, Amos Gitai; French director Jacques Doillon; one of the most interesting representatives of Hungarian cinema, György Pálfi; and Reha Erdem, an outstanding Turkish director and maker of the acclaimed film Kosmos, who will lead a master class in Wrocław.

Festival Club at Arsenal

Traditionally, the festival club has been held in the courtyard at Arsenal throughout the 11 days of the Festival – this year, there will be a new version. The Festival organizers and the event’s main partner, T-Mobile, are organizing a chillout zone with various lounge chairs, bars, and food trucks (including with vegetarian and vegan choices). Well-known Polish DJs, led by Rebeka and Karol Aleksander, will provide music every day between 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. One of the icons of New York’s music clubs, Kim Ann Foxman, is also going to perform at Arsenal. There will be a Silent Party on the first Saturday of the Festival for the all-Poland DJ competition Hear Me. The leaders of the British group Archive will play a DJ set at Arsenal on July 28.

Entry to the festival club (also to the music area) is free. You just have to present a Festival pass or a ticket from a screening that day.

Nighttime Get-together at the Gallery– Midnight Show II

The second edition of the spectral exhibition known as the Midnight Show will be part of the artistic scene at the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. At midnight on July 25, the BWA Dizajn Gallery will open its doors. The curators of the exhibition, Katarzyna Roj and Stach Szabłowski, will once again suggest a different way to look at art, in the same manner in which we usually watch a film: for a strictly limited period of time and with an awareness of both the beginning and the end. The main subjects of Midnight Show II will be time, the midnight hour, the screening experience, images that appear in the dark, light that is best seen in the dark, and the experience of reality as a sequence of events edited by the viewer him- or herself. Among the artists whose works will be on display are Kuba Bąkowski, Wojciech Bąkowski, Krzysztof Gil, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Fafankula (Kamila Staszczyszyn and Kuba Matyka), Michał Frydrych, Kasia Kmita, the KOSMOS project, Dominik Lejman, Dorota Podlaska, Łukasz Rusznica, Maciej Sieńczyk, Kama Sokolnicka, Michał Szuszkiewicz, Mariusz Tarkawian, Karolina Zajączkowska, and Roee Rosen.

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