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The Festival’s program will also include other masterpieces of world cinema, and also in digitally remastered versions.

We have had to say a final farewell in recent months to some of the masters of world cinema: Alain Resnais, Vera Chytilová, Miklós Jancsó, and Edward Żebrowski. We will remember their work during the upcoming edition of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. Alain Resnais, the maker of Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad was a pioneer of new-horizons cinema. At this year’s Festival, we will be screening his penultimate film from 2012, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, in which he flirts with the world of the theater. Vera Chytilová is a somewhat forgotten cinematic master and the most revolutionary of the directors from the Czechoslovak New Wave, as evidenced at least by the film Daisies (1966), which will be shown in Wrocław. This is a miraculously absurd, experimental, anarchic film about two young girls with a destructive approach to reality. The screening will take place in cooperation with the Czech Center in Warsaw. Hungarian filmmaker Miklós Jancsó gained fame with films in which he created his own original vision with long shots, refined movements among the actors, and expressive cinematography. In Wrocław, we will be showing his 1965 masterpiece The Round-Up. Edward Żebrowski is one of the unsung masters of Polish cinema. He was an excellent screenwriter (Zanussi’s Behind the Wall, among others, which will be shown as part of this year’s Gdynia on the Horizon section) and director, who often portrayed moral issues on-screen. He made the acclaimed In Broad Daylight, Salvation, and the famous Hospital of the Transfiguration (part of this year’s program). The action in the latter film takes place in psychiatric hospital taken over by the Germans at the start of the Nazi occupation. He shows the differing attitudes of doctors and patients in a threatening situation.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Derek Jarman. Jarman was an artist, filmmaker, painter, writer, set designer (he designed the sets for Ken Russell’s The Devils and Savage Messiah), and one of the most important figures in British independent cinema. Three of his films will be shown at the Festival: the cult musical Jubilee, featuring the music of Brian Eno and some of the stars of punk rock; Caravaggio, a look at the life and work of this Baroque master; as well as Blue, an extraordinary experimental self-portrait, a diary of the director as he is losing his sight and dying of AIDS based on a play of color, words, and music. Digitally remastered versions of Jarman’s films will be shown.

To mark the 30th anniversary of its release, we will be screening Wim Wenders’ cult road film about the rebirth of a relationship between a father and his son, Paris, Texas, which won a Palme d’Or in Cannes. Audiences will also be treated to a screening of Volker Schlöndorff’s legendary Baal from 1970, based on a play by Bertolt Brecht and featuring Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the role of a cursed artist. The digitally remastered version of the film premiered at this year’s Festival in Berlin, while its Polish premiere will take place in Wrocław.

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