17th TNH IFF: Rivette and Kelemen Retrospectives and new Israeli Cinema

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The 2017 T-Mobile New HorizonsInternational Film Festival will take place on August 3-13, 2017 in Wroclaw. Below are some of the latest announcements about festival programming.

One of the most important events will be a retrospective of films by Jacques Rivette who passed away in January 2016. He was a master of the French New Wave, realist and visionary, director of cult-favorite films that are radical and spectacular all at once. For many years, he was one of the leading film critics at "Cahiers du Cinéma" (as well as its editor-in-chief). He is considered to have made the first New Wave film (the short "Le Coup du berger," 1956). The retrospective will include more than a dozen films never before screened in Poland including his monumental experiment, the 13-hour-long legendary film Out 1 (1971), the wonderful surrealist fantasy, Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) which won an award at the Locarno Film Festival, the over four-hour-long unusual melodrama L'Amour fou (1969), Secret Defense (1998) with Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, and the acclaimed The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991), awarded at Cannes, starring Michel Piccoli and Emmanuelle Bèart. Other retrospective highlights include a documentary directed by Serge Daney and by the 2016 festival guest, Claire Denis (Jacques Rivette, le veilleur, 1990) as well as Rivette's recently restored short films from the 1940s and 1950s.

Yet another retrospective will feature Fred Kelemen - an intriguing German director and cinematographer who worked closely for many years with Bela Tarr. Kelemen is a master of long takes, operating with shadow and light, metaphorical frames and discreetly emotional communication. Most of his movies were shot on film and our program includes all the films he directed, including the unusual Frost (1997, award at Locarno), Nightfall (1999, award at Toronto Film Festival), as well as his latest, Sarajevo Song of Woe (2016). We will also screen all of Keleman's most interesting cinematographic feats, including all the films he shot for Tarr.

The 2017 festival is very excited to announce its review of New Israeli Cinema. The program features about 14 films from 2014-2017 - features and documentaries, as well as works at the intersection of film and the visual arts. Israel is currently producing some of the most interesting films in the world, with a film scene that is developing dynamically, surprising for the freshness of its scripts, while being deeply engaged and constantly confronting its surrounding reality. Israeli cinema, much like the society from which comes, is extremely diverse and in the process of seeking new identities. Recently, there have been mentions of the Israeli New Wave taking world festivals by storm. At the 2017 festival edition we will delve in deep to see what makes it tick. Confirmed titles include a film that generated extensive buzz at Locarno, People That Are Not Me by a young director from Tel Aviv, Hadas Ben Aroya.

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