The ever-changing festival market is not always able to meet the expectations of film programmers. It is sometimes the case that new titles follow rather surprising paths as they circle the globe. For various reasons, they do not end up in the New Horizons program only to be left out in favor of new films later on.
Just what happens to titles that have been lost in time or stricken from our memories? They are waiting to be rediscovered! It was with just such films in mind that we created the recurring section Lost Lost Lost. The program includes films that meet the festival's particular standards: bold, unconventional films searching for a new form of expression, in short, films seeking new horizons.
We take a keen interest in following the work of directors who have been discovered at the festival over the years. Audiences at the 17th T-Mobile New Horizons will have a chance to see some of their latest films: The Absent by Nicolás Pereda (Summer of Goliath, Perpetuum Mobile), shown in Locarno and starring Gabino Rodriguez; It's All So Quiet by Dutch director Nanouk Leopold (Wolfsbergen, Brownian Movement), based on Gerbrand Bakker's bestselling novel; Chilean director José Luis Torres Leiva's (The Sky, the Earth and the Rain; Verano) fictionalized account of the island of Chiloé, The Wind Knows That I'm Coming; or Spanish director Jaime Rosales' (Solitary Fragments, Beautiful Youth) subtle drama of loss, Dream and Silence.
The section program also includes discoveries from the past few years: Mauro Herce's multi-award-winning Dead Slow Ahead, the story of an ocean-going cargo ship is evidence of the artistic potential inherent in industrial spaces; Paraguayan director Pablo Lamar's The Last Land, an award winner in Rotterdam a year ago, is minimalist slow cinema, a mournful ritual in the middle of the jungle; Shengze Zhu's Another Year, an anthropological experiment that presents, in 13 static shots, a Chinese working-class family sitting down to a shared meal, provides a rare example of cinema getting so close its protagonists; as well as Greek new horizons, the critically acclaimed Polk by Nikos Nikolopoulos and Vladimir Nikolouzos, is in all respects an unconventional, visually impressive story of the mysterious murder of journalist George Washington Polk in Thessaloniki in 1948.
The section curators have been associated with the New Horizons since its very beginning, first as spectators and then performing a variety of roles as part of the team: Agnieszka Szeffel, Mariusz Mikliński, and Mariusz Wojas.