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NEW HORIZONS 2019

The 19th New Horizons focuses on “the body in which we live”

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- Poland’s leading film event is still seeking out unexplored cinematic worlds and uncompromising stories in its competition, while its side sections and retrospectives raise the bar once again

The 19th New Horizons focuses on “the body in which we live”
Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma

The New Horizons International Film Festival is probably the largest film event in Poland, and the line-up for its 19th edition reaffirms its position in the national cinema landscape. Running for the 14th consecutive year in Wrocław, the historical capital of Silesia, the festival will showcase 223 feature-length films hailing from 54 countries at over 600 screenings, unspooling over 11 days (25 July-4 August). The Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Award winner, Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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by Céline Sciamma, will open New Horizons on 25 July in the presence of the director and actress Adèle Haenel. The festival will close with one of the first European screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood on 3 August.

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New Horizons is known for its uncompromising and edgy selection of movies in its International Film Competition, and this year is no exception. Twelve films will be competing for New Horizons’ Grand Prix, with the majority being European productions. The selection includes: Jessica Forever [+see also:
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by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel (France), Koko-di Koko-da [+see also:
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by Johannes Nyholm (Sweden/Denmark), Alva [+see also:
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interview: Ico Costa
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by Ico Costa (Portugal/France/Argentina), Ray & Liz [+see also:
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interview: Richard Billingham
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by Richard Billingham (UK), Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
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interview: Ena Sendijarević
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by Ena Sendijarević (Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ghost Tropic [+see also:
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interview: Bas Devos
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by Bas Devos (Belgium), Bait [+see also:
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by Mark Jenkin (UK), The Children of the Dead [+see also:
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interview: Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška
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by Kelly Copper and Pavola Liski (Austria), Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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by Oliver Laxe (Spain/France/Luxembourg) and Tlamess [+see also:
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by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia/France). Finally, A Russian Youth [+see also:
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by Alexander Zolotukhin (Russia) and Jinpa by Pema Tseden (China) round off the selection.

Apart from the opening and closing films, some of the other pictures selected for the Gala programme include the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, The Souvenir [+see also:
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by Joanna Hogg, Pain & Glory [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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by Pedro Almodóvar, The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Marco Bellocchio and Mr. Jones [+see also:
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, the latest film by Agnieszka Holland. One of the highlights of the section is Xawery Żuławski’s feature Bird Talk, based on a script by his late father and leading figure of Polish cinema Andrzej Żuławski. Also, a special showcase bearing the title Żuławski / Żuławski will screen films by both.

Known for its special focus on retrospectives, New Horizons will home in on four fairly controversial and well-known figures: Catalan auteur Albert Serra; French filmmaker Olivier Assayas; avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, writer, film director and photographer Shūji Terayama; and, as an integral part of a special focus on New Argentinian Cinema, Albertina Carri.

Finally, the focus section “The Body in Which I Live” will be a pretext for investigating how the body is treated in the modern world, while the “Third Eye: Spirituality, Magic and Witches” thematic cycle will take a closer look at portraits of the body and corporality in film, and “Lost Lost Lost – Movies from the Outer Edge” is dedicated to those filmmakers who aim to operate at the extreme outer reaches of auteur cinema.

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