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New Horizons, Take 15
June 29, 2015   
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Dozens of films from Poland and abroad will be screened in the southwestern city of Wrocław from July 23 through Aug. 2 during the city’s annual T-Mobile New Horizons international film festival. This is the biggest film-related event in Poland and is now in its 15th year.

This year’s New Horizons International Competition, the most important part of the festival, will feature films including H., a new production by the filmmaking duo of Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, and Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) by Peruvian director Juan Daniel F. Molero. The latter film won a Tiger Award at an international film festival in Rotterdam.

The Films on Art International Competition section will feature Life May Be, a film that documents fascinating video correspondence between director and film historian Mark Cousins (guest of the 13th New Horizons festival and author of The Story of Film) and renowned Iranian artist Mania Akbari. Other submissions include Twenty Eight Nights and a Poem by Lebanese filmmaker Akram Zaatari, a dazzling cinematic collage “full of Chinese boxes and reinterpretations.”

As in previous years, the Panorama section of the festival will focus on work by masters of contemporary cinema and award winners from other film festivals around the world, such as Angels of Revolution, a new film from director Alexey Fedorchenko (Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari) based on short stories by his long-time collaborator and screenwriter Denis Osokin; From What Is Before by Lav Diaz, returning with a monumental, almost six-hour-long award winner from the Locarno festival; and The Forbidden Room, directed by Canadian experimental artist Guy Maddin and previously shown at the Berlinale festival.

Among guests invited to this year’s festival are Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Mathieu Amalrica, and Udo Kier.

The New Horizons of Film Language section will focus on costumes this year. Ten films will be shown, accompanied by talks and discussions with a special guest, Dorota Roqueplo, an award-winning costume designer known for her contribution to films such as My Nikifor, Warsaw ’44 and Influence.

One of the festival’s highlights this year is a July 26 screening of the 1989 Paul Mazursky film Enemies: A Love Story, based on a novel by Isaak Bashevis Singer.

This year’s main retrospective will focus on Philippe Garrel, the most uncompromising of the French New Wave directors. Among the selected titles are powerful 1970s films starring American actress Jean Seberg and German singer-songwriter Nico (The Crystal Cradle), in addition to several films that won awards at the Venice Film Festival: I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar, Wild Innocence, and Regular Lovers.

A review of Lithuanian cinema will be an important part of this year’s festival, featuring the most prominent films by Lithuanian directors from the Soviet Union era as well as films made after 1990. The retrospective will focus on Sarunas Bartas, the best-known representative of Lithuanian cinema and a festival guest. His neo-modernist films are described as melancholy allegories and sophisticated cinematic treatises about alienation.

The Polish retrospective, meanwhile, will focus on Tadeusz Konwicki, an outstanding writer, screenwriter and film director who died recently. Audiences will get to see some of his masterpieces, including his debut psychological drama The Last Day of Summer starring Jan Machulski and Irena Laskowska, the cult classic Salto, and his unconventional movie adaptations of literary works: The Issa Valley (based on the novel by Czesław Miłosz) and A Tale of Adam Mickiewicz’s ‘Forefathers’ Eve’, in addition to several slightly forgotten gems of Polish cinema: All Souls’ Day and How Far Away, How Near.

As in previous years, free film screenings will be held in the evenings at Wrocław’s Market Square. A Polish prewar film digitally restored in the National Film Archive’s Nitrofilm project will be screened July 30 at 10 p.m. The 1927 Henryk Szaro film, The Call of the Sea, based on a novel by Stefan Kiedrzyński, combines spectacular sea adventure cinema and romance in a genre that was immensely popular in the 1920s. The screening will be accompanied by a live performance by an orchestra conducted by Krzesimir Dębski, who composed a new score for the film.

Festival tickets go on sale July 8. The full program of this year’s New Horizons festival will be announced July 1.
More information available at www.nowehoryzonty.pl/index.do?lang=en
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