“It’s a festival of films that transcend the borders of the conventional cinema. While thinking through a festival’s formula, especially competition films, we asked ourselves a question: is there, in the 21st century cinema (shaped by tastes of the mass audience), a room for directors who defy what’s fashionable, for individuals acting according to their own style and operating with their inimitable languages”
says Roman Gutek, festival’s director.
Amy, dericted by Asif Kapadia (the movie of the opening)
New Horizons International Competition, the most important section of the festival, will comprise of the screenings of 13 films – author driven, unconventional, seeking new forms of expression. Once again, the world’s premiere of a Polish movie will take place during the festival. One of the films competing for Grand Prix will be Walser – a feature film debut of Polish artist Zbigniew Libera with Krzysztof Stroiński in the leading role.
Walser, directed by Zbigniew Libera
Creative documentaries and docu-fictions about art, music, culture – including Berlinale-winning Performer, a film on Oskar Dawicki directed by Maciej Sobieszczański and Łukasz Rodunda – will be in the running for laurels in Films On Art International Competition. The remaining competitions planned in the program are Polish Short Films Competition under the auspices of T-Mobile, and European Shorts Competition. The second edition of ZOOM Competition will once again feature films and video clips directed by film makers and visual artists from Lower Silesia.
The competition sections feature films by new, promising creators while Panorama and Ale kino+ sections present works distinguished at prestigious festivals, made by renowned directors – masters of the world cinema. This year, we will also watch 22 films officially selected for this year’s International Film Festival in Cannes.
In the shadow of women, directed by Philippe Garrel
What else? The festival will not lack in Polish cinema. The screenings will include Bartek Prokopowicz’s Chemo – an unusual love story inspired by the relationship of the director and the founder of Rak’n’Roll Foundation, Magda Prokopowicz. Among the retrospectives we will see the works of Philippe Garrel and Tadeusz Konwicki as well as the review of the Lithuanian cinema with the focus on Šarūnas Bartas.
Negative Process, directed by Aneta Grzeszczykowska
The last day of summer, directed by Tadeusz Konwicki
The Third Eye section intriguingly entitled #selfie: film self- portraits will present us with intimate, years-spanning video diaries and ruthless cinematic self-analyses. The ephemeral, invisible exhibition Midnight Show. Taken sounds tremendously promising. It will be held at the Design BWA Wrocław Gallery, starring, among others, Oskar Dawicki, Zorka Wolny and Honorata Martin. The Moving Images exhibition will be shown at BWA Awangarda Wrocław until August 23 – a retrospective exhibition of exhibitions that served the purpose of testing the exhibition medium and investigating the non-obvious ways films and exhibitions interpenetrate one another. The works of Józef Robakowski, Zbigniew Libera, and Maurycy Gomulicki will comprise part of the exhibition.
Midnight Show. Taken, photo by Łukasz Rusznica
As July passes into August, you just have to be in Wrocław. Tickets for the next year’s edition won’t book themselves, right? ☺
Photos: Festival press kit, BWA Wrocław
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