The program of the festival will consist of three thematic sections:
As part of the Re: Interpretations section (European features) a Polish pre-release of the outstanding Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi will be screened. A mysterious story of love, compassion and desire for touch, in the sterile environment of a modern slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Budapest. The metaphorical imagery of “On Body and Soul” impressed both audiences, film critics and the jury of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Berlinale Golden Bear Award. The film will open the Re: Interpretations section. “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” is another film in our programme created by a woman. Maria Schrader, the famous German actress and director, in her latest film, tells off the dire consequences of the political driven emigration of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. Tomez Nvotova’s Czech-Slovak film “Filthy”, is an example of a rebellious cinema, that deals with the issue of indifference to the various forms of violence against women. Czech cinema is strongly represented at this year’s festival. In addition to Bohdan Sláma’s new film Ice Mother, a Czech-Slovak-French co-production, the festival will show the Polish-Czech co-production “Journey to Rome” directed by Tomasz Mielnik – a graduate of the Czech FAMU – and the latest film by Petr Zelenka, one of the most creative dramatists, screenwriters and directors of contemporary European cinema: “Lost in Munich”, dealing with the Munich Treaty – the Czech’s national trauma, with intelligence, irony, humor and a love for tragicomic characters and chaplinesque almost hopeless situations, that is so characteristic of Zelenka. The Serbian comedy “Herd”, following the fates of four failed actors, directed by Nikola Kojo, completes Zelenka’s vision, playing on the ever present theme of art’s inability to co-exist with politics stained with nationalism, in its most tangible form: the inability to obtain money for a film, while not part of the winning side. Each year, the festival has a secret suprise-film prepared for its guest and audience members, it is kept secret until the very screening – all we know, is that it is a daring Italian production. Dorota Paciarelli is the curator of the Re:Interpretation section, and since 2016, the festival’s program director. The Institute of Italian Culture is a partner of the festival.
A clear profile is shown in this year’s documentary section No Fiction!, lead for the first time by a film expert from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Piotr Pławuszewski, with a refreshing view on everyday life, as perceived by young female creators. This year, female creators dominate the festival programme, documentary filmmakers of the younger generation, who look carefully and attentively, in exploring interpersonal relations. Examples of such films are „Education” by Emi Buchwald, „Close Ties” by Zofia Kowalewska, “Three Conversations on Life” by Julia Staniszewska, “Polonaise” by Agnieszka Elbanowska and “Miss Rena of Angels” by Aleksandra Folczak. The spiritual world, internal struggles with imperfections of body and soul, attempts to overcome norms that impede our freedom, and the constant pursuit of personal happiness – are the topics undertook by films: „Normal Autistic Film” by Miroslav Janek, “Libera Nos”, an Italian cinematic documentary, awarded Premio Orizzonti di Venezia at the Venice Film Festival, and the Italian documentary (not just for men) “Crazy for Football: The Craziest World Cup” dir. Volfango De Biasi, laureate of the prestigious Premio di David Donatello Award for best Italian documentary 2016.
The Hommage à Kieślowski section shows appreciation and respect for the Polish masters of cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s generation, and creators and older than him, whom he valued greatly, and who had had, like Kazimierz Karabasz, a big artistic impact on him. In addition to films such as “The Decalogue X” and “Three Colors: White” by Krzysztof Kieślowski, the festival will screen Kazimierz Kutz’s cult comedy “Reverted”, with a personal introduction by the director, scriptwriter and former senator of Poland: Kazimierz Kutz. Another special guest of the seventh edition, will be one of the best known and liked actors, a unique phenomenon in Polish cinema, and an actor of the National Theater: Zbigniew Zamachowski. His artistic pursuits, unforgettable creations and experiences in working with Krzysztof Kieslowski, but above all with his friend and mentor Kazimierz Kutz, as well as cooperation with foreign directors, will be discussed with Dorota Paciarelli, Kazimierz Kutz and other invited guests. A special event of this section will be the premiere screening of Andrzej Sapija’s film “Intensity of Watching”, about one of the classics of Polish cinema, Kazimierz Karabasz, who this year received the honoris causa doctorate from the Lodz Film School. Kazimierz Karabasz wrote about himself years ago: The longer I work in this profession, the more I see that the satisfaction and a sense of meaning of filmmaking comes not the film itself, but the JOURNEY of creating. “Krystyna M. – szkice do portretu” by Kazimierz Karabasz is an example of such a journey, enriching the perception of the world, showing seemingly ordinary people to a kind audience. Like the No Fiction! section, the Hommage à Kieślowski section is also headed by a curator, for the first time since the inception of the festival. It is the well-known film expert, professor Mikołaj Jazdon, author of scientific publications on the art of documentary of, among others, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Kazmierz Karabasz, titled “Kino dokumentalne Kazimierza Karabasza” (“Kazimierz Karabash’s Documentary Cinema”).