Masterful Dumont and two debuts: from Cannes to Wrocław and to Polish cinemas

Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Kids Films at the 17th T-Mobile New Horizons IFF New Israeli Cinema at the 17th T-Mobile New Horizons IFF

During this year's festival, viewers will also have a chance to see the premieres of three films that will be distributed by the New Horizons Association. 

The first is an insane musical (!) directed by the masterful Bruno Dumont (HumanityHadewijchOutside Satan), Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, while the other two are bold debuts. Closeness, a revelation at Cannes directed by Kantemir Balagov (a FIPRESCI award winner in the Un Certain Regard section), is a stifling film. The director puts the viewer right in the middle of the boiling cauldron of the North Caucasus at the end of the 1990s, where survival was based on loyalty to one's "tribe"-their family and ethnic community. Balagov looks at his hometown of Nalchik through the eyes of a young Jewish woman who is entangled in a network of hateful tribal dependencies. Ilana does her best to escape these limitations. In her effort to find freedom, she boxes with reality, while Balagov, in attempting to make a film in a rarely seen format, encloses her in her surrounding world like in a ring. The electrifying and at times brutal debut by the 26-year-old director promises great things from this unique new film talent. A perfect combination of magic and realism, exoticism and familiarity, along with a handful of poetry and a touch of humor were enough for Rungano Nyoni's debut to charm audiences at Cannes. Her dark fairy tale I Am Nota Witch deals with childhood loneliness in a far-off yet somehow nearby world in which making accusations of witchcraft is a way to exclude "unneeded" girls and women from the community. It is a story about a world where corruption, exploitation, and violence never surrender, unfortunately, to any spell. All three films will appear in the festival's Ale Kino+ section.

The festival's complete program will be announced on 12 July. Festival passes are currently on sale at

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