19th New Horizons International Film Festival
Films appreciated by the audience and critics of festivals in Berlin, Toronto or San Sebastián can be seen during this year’s New Horizons International Film Festival. One of them will be By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) – the latest work by François Ozon, which thrilled the audience of this year’s Berlinale and won the Grand Jury Prize. The programme will also include new films by Peter Strickland, Markus Schleinzer, Neil Jordan, Isaki Lacuesta etc. Festival passes are still available for purchase.
The New Horizons International Film Festival was established in 2001 as a platform for the presentation of bold artistic cinema that seeks new forms of expression extending far beyond the boundaries of conventional film, which was rarely present in Poland at that time.
This is a place for cinematic visionaries and uncompromising artists who have the courage to follow their own path in defiance of popular trends and to talk about significant issues in their own unique language. The Main Competition is the concept of the “new horizon” come into being.
Each year, the festival hosts several dozens of film directors from around the world – from debutants to undisputed film masters. We have already had the honour of hosting: Abdellatif Kechiche, Agnès Varda, Nanni Moretti, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Béla Tarr, Bruno Dumont, Carlos Reygadas, Aleksander Sokurov, Abel Ferrara, Kim Ki-duk, Tsai Ming-liang, Naomi Kawase, Carlos Saura, Claire Denis, Dušan Makavejev, Asghar Farhadi, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Andrei Konchalovsky, Leos Carax, as well as Stephen and Timothy Quay.
The 19th festival edition will screen films by ironic moralist Albert Serra, the director of the famed Death of Louis XIV, and works by Shūji Terayama, a Japanese director who is not well-known in Poland, but is an innovator whose works have been deemed scandalous and subversive, though he has also been awarded at Cannes for a Death in the Country. There will also be films by Olivier Assayas (director of Sils Maria), who formed his own sub-genre that does not fit into the mainstream or art-house cinema.