What will be discussed in Wrocław this year?
We know now several titles of the festival programme:
The programme of the NEW HORIZONS International Competition includes feature debuts of visual artists. We will see the American Mock up on Mu - one of the most exciting instances of the latest found-footage cinema, a narrative collage by the artist and performer Craig Baldwin, compiled of fragments of commercial S-F films of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Spyder - an experimental feminine portrait made with a cell phone, a film by the Japanese artist Ishibashi Kiyomi and the famous (awarded last year in Cannes) film debut of the British visual artist Steve McQueen - Hunger.
Mock up on Mu, directed by Craig Baldwin
This year, the first FILMS ABOUT ART International Competition will be held. Its programme includes the autobiographic collage by Agnes Varda The Beaches of Agnès (Les Plages d' Agnès) and Rembrandt's J'accuse by Peter Greenaway, where the director once again - like in his previous film, Nightwatching - refers to Rembrandt's picture of 1642, The Night Watch, proving the illiteracy of contemporary culture, unable to code signs, to preserve premonitions and hide passions as excellently as it was done in Rembrandt's times.
The Beaches of Agnès (Les plages d'Agnès), directed by Agnès Varda
In the programme, you will also find the regular, loved festival sections, including Panorama of Contemporary Cinema: Masters, Discoveries, winners of international film festivals, among them the latest experiment by the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami - Shirin (top - a frame of the film), an intimate portrait of human emotions, constructed of 112 faces of women watching a spectacle based on an ancient Persian poem.
This year, at the festival in Wrocław, there will be more than 500 guests from Poland and abroad (among them the heroes of the retrospectives: Guy Maddin, Jan Troell, Tsai Ming-liang, Krzysztof Zanussi and Piotr Dumała). Apart from the screenings, there will be meetings with directors, critics and artists, installations and expositions - e.g. an exhibition devoted to Ingmar Bergman, concerts, screenings of silent films with live music - including the Swedish classical work Sir Arne's Treasure (Herr Arnes pengar) of 1919, with a soundtrack composed and performed by Leszek Możdżer specifically for our festival.
Bands representing Swedish, Canadian and Hungarian alternative music will perform at the Festival Club.
What we have known for a long time but we do not want to forget
This year's festival will focus on the Swedish cinema, represented by the latest Swedish production and a retrospective of Jan Troell: the classical film-maker, who is hardly known in Poland (e.g. a two-part film saga The Emigrants - Utvandrarna and The New Land - Nybyggarna). Troell is a universal artist - he directs, writes screenplays, and is a cinematographer and an editor.
The other national cinematography we will discover this year will be the Canadian cinema: we will see almost 20 latest productions from this country, made after 2000. There will also be a retrospective devoted to the Canadian eccentric surrealist, who successfully applies the 1920s and 1930s' film style to his quasi-autobiographic works and creates psychoanalytic docu-fantasies - Guy Maddin.
We will admire a special programme prepared by Hungarian film critics and presenting the achievements of the Hungarian New Wave of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including a mini-retrospective of Miklós Jancsó.
As another significant event at the 9th festival, there will be a retrospective of the controversial Taiwanese Tsai Ming-liang, one of the most recognised and honoured directors of original cinema. Stretching from space to time, from spiritual melancholy to sensuality of the body, Ming-liang creates ambiguous narratives about loneliness in crowded Asian metropolises.
In Wrocław, you will have an opportunity to watch films by the experimenter from New York - Jennifer Reeves. The director's retrospective will include a set of hand-made short films, but also her feature-length debut The Time We Killed, which was presented in a competition at the 4th IFF NH and was recognised by the audience, and her latest work: When It Was Blue.
When it was blue, directed by Jennifer Reeves
This year's Polish retrospectives will be dedicated to: the master of many generations of young filmmakers, the classical artist Krzysztof Zanussi and the inventor of a unique animation technique, author of deep existentialist animations for adults based on masterpieces of European literature - Piotr Dumała.