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Film Fest
July 29, 2009   
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The southwestern city of Wroc³aw is hosting the 9th Era New Horizons International Film Festival until Aug. 2.

The festival aims to show "uncompromising, creative and extraordinary" movies from all over the world, made by filmmakers who search for a new language and unconventional means of artistic expression, addressing issues absent from mainstream cinema.

This year, the festival will focus on Swedish films, including a retrospective of movies by director, scriptwriter and cinematographer Jan Troell, best known for his two-part saga The Emigrants/The New Land.

The festival will also feature a dozen or so Canadian productions made after 2000, in addition to the Hungarian New Wave of the late 1960s and early '70s, and a retrospective of films by Taiwanese auteur cinema director Tsai Ming-liang.

Other highlights will include American found-footage film Mock up on Mu, a narrative collage by artist and performer Craig Baldwin compiled from parts of science-fiction movies of the 1950s, '60s and '70s; Spyder, an experimental film made with the use of a cell phone by Japanese artist Ishibashi Kiyomi; and Hunger, an acclaimed film by British visual artist Steve McQueen, who won an award at the Cannes festival last year.

As part of the Panorama of Contemporary Cinema: Masters, Discoveries series, the festival will showcase winners of international film festivals, including Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who has been showered with praise for his experimental film Shirin, an intimate portrait of human emotions featuring 112 close-up shots of faces of women watching a performance based on an ancient Persian poem.

Era New Horizons is the largest film festival in Poland. Last year, it attracted a total of 127,000 viewers. The festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF).

Every year the festival showcases feature films, documentaries, animated cartoons, experimental films, and innovative visual productions from 50 or so countries. This year about 460 films will be shown over 11 days, including about 240 full-length movies.

Until Aug. 2, Wroc³aw
Ticket books: zl.115
For more details about the festival go to www.enh.pl
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