Marcin Pieńkowski, Artistic Director of the 17th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, recommends films from the Festival program.
Western, dir. Valeska Grisebach
A film with an unusual, mysterious atmosphere, where everything is subtle and beneath the surface, although as if borrowed from a Western. It is about male rivalry, the mysterious relationship with nature, using the classic motif of us versus the intruders.
Winter Brothers, dir. Hlynur Pálmason
A mesmerizing fairytale that is a delight in terms of its original form. This incredible film will appear in Wrocław just a few days after its world premiere in Locarno.
A Quiet Dream, dir. Zhang Lu
Kaurismaki meets Jarmusch in South Korea. An intimate story about searching for love that is full of brilliant humor and warmth. One of the most interesting contemporary Asian filmmakers, Zhang Lu will be on hand to discuss his film personally.
The Ornithologist, dir. João Pedro Rodrigues
One of the most outstanding films of the season, an award winner for best direction at the Locarno Festival. The Portuguese director and our festival guest takes us on a metaphorical journey along with the eponymous ornithologist. A mesmerizing, polysemic, visually stunning film.
Sexy Durga, dir. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
The winner of this year's Rotterdam Festival. An improvised thriller. The story of two lovers traveling at night on the dangerous backroads of India. A provocative film far from our perception of Indian cinema.
Closeness, dir. Kantemir Balagov
The debut by this 26-year-old Russian director won a FIPRESCI Award at Cannes. An electrifying, sometimes controversial film about family loyalty and the pitfalls of ritual and tradition. A great little film by a student of Sokurov himself.
I Am Not a Witch, dir. Rungano Nyoni
Magic and realism, exoticism and local customs, humor and horror. A dark fairy tale about an African girl accused of witchcraft. Provocative and poetic cinema. An extraordinary debut that received a 30-minute ovation in Cannes.
somniloquies, dir. Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Somniloquy is a technical term that refers to talking aloud while asleep. The film is an odd experiment that shows us the kind of amazing stories that our subconscious is capable of creating. A real gem from the makers of the acclaimed Leviathan.
Claire's Camera, dir. Hong Sang-soo
In a mini-section featuring the four latest films by this South Korean master (all shot in just under a year), we will see this charming film miniature starring the wonderful Isabelle Huppert. A hilarious and melancholy film as warm as summer rain.
Out 1, dir. Jaques Rivette
This is simply a must-see, as you may not get a second chance to see this masterpiece on the big screen. Rivette as a master of plot construction and deconstructing narratives, a visionary and madman, the leading dreamer of French cinema. The 13-hour film, the director's magnum opus, will be shown in four parts.
Be sure to check out the Fred Kelemen retrospective as well-these are films that really need to be seen on the big screen.