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Era New Horizons in Wrocław

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Era New Horizons in Wrocław

The programme of the 6th Era News Horizons International Film Festival includes 522 films. The event, moved this year from Cieszyn (on the Polish/Czech border) to one of Poland’s most open and vibrant cities, Wrocław, will take place from July 20-30.

Polish audiences will have the opportunity to see films recently screened at Cannes. Opening the festival is Pedro Almodovar’s Volver [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
film profile
]
, while The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
film profile
]
by Ken Loach has been chosen as the closing film.

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New films by Patrice Chéreau, Nanni Moretti, Carlos Saura, Aleksandre Sokurov and Stephen Frears will have their Polish premiere, along with 120 other films not yet released in Poland.

As festival director Roman Gutek points out, the selection of films in competition is subjective; they are not always titles that have won awards at other festivals (see list below).

The "new Polish cinema" competition is the new highlight of the festival. The prize attributed to the winning film – created by Rafał Dutkiewicz, mayor of the city – is the highest in Poland at €25,000. All of the Polish films in competition, including new titles by Xawery Żuławski, Marcel Łoziński, Andrzej Seweryn and Krzysztof Krauze, will have their premieres at the festival.

The 6th edition of the Era New Horizons will be host to several retrospectives, on Agnès Varda, Zoltan Huszarik, Serguei Paradjanov, Stanisław Lenartowicz and Marian Marzyński.

"What makes us stand out from other festivals in Poland is the competition, which has difficult, controversial and often experimental films. One noteworthy section is on new Argentinean cinema, which will screen 20 films especially selected for the festival,” Gutek told Cineuropa. “The retrospective on Serguei Paradjanov, to whom the event is dedicated, should certainly be a strong experience for audiences,” he added.

In competition:

The Court [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mali
Daft Punk’s Electroma by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, USA
Day Night Day Night [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Julia Loktev, USA/Germany
Fantasma by Lisandro Alonso, Argentina
Flanders [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Bruno Dumont, France
Garpastum by Aleksiej German, Russia
Hamaca paraguaya by Paz Encina, Paraguay
The Hours Go By by Ines de Oliveira Cezar, Argentina
Container by Lukas Moodysson, Sweden
The Sky Turns [+see also:
film review
interview: Isabelle Dubar
interview: Mercedes Alvares
film profile
]
by Mercedes Alvarez, Spain
I Don’t Care if Tomorrow Never Comes by Guillaume Malandrin, Belgium
Les Invisibles by Thierry Jousse, France
Nocturnes for the King of Rome [+see also:
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film profile
]
by Jean-Charles Fitoussi, France
The Sun by Alexandre Sokurow, Russia/Italy/France/Switzerland
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes [+see also:
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film profile
]
by Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay, UK/Germany/France
La sagrada familia by Sebastián Campos, Chile
Vital by Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan
Grain in Ear by Zhang Lu, China/Korea

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(Translated from French)

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