Winners of Berlinale and highlights of major world film festivals at 18th New Horizons International Film Festival
Critically acclaimed, noted by the jury, and most of all praised by the audience, the films shown at major world film festivals will appear in the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival program. The audience in Wroclaw will have the opportunity to see, among others, "Dovlatov" by Aleksey German, Jr., a film prized with the Silver Bear for Best Costume Design and Best Scenography, "Tinta Bruta" by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, a Teddy Bear award winner, or the "The Guilty" by Gustav Möller, named the best film by the audience of the Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. The program includes also "Touch Me Not" by Adina Pintilie, this year's Golden Bear winner.
"Dovlatov" is an attempt to portrait the timeless spirit of Russia - monumental and tragic in its permanence. In the film by Aleksey German, Jr., the spectator gets to know the Russians while accompanying Siergei Dovlatov, a writer with whom we travel back in time to Leningrad of the 1970s. Thus we get the chance to witness Russia, "great in its incoherence", where propaganda merged with truth and superstition fused with modernism. The director of photography in "Dovlatov" was Łukasz Żal, known for Oscar-winning "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski.
The Brazilian film titled "Tinta Bruta" earned a Teddy Award - the prize for the best LGBT-related films. The story of a shy boy, at night a star of Internet chat rooms, is an opportunity to analyze the modern society where people seek remedy to loneliness in the virtual reality. The title fluorescent paint, the hallmark of the main character, intrigues and issues a message: "Notice me".
This year's program features also a film that should satisfy not only the fans of Scandinavian noir genre. "The Guilty" by Gustav Möller, a true revelation of Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals (audience awards), is a thriller, full of suspense and unexpected twists, in which we are told a story of a former police officer, currently an emergency phone operator. He becomes involved in a case of an alleged kidnapping, where human life relies on immediate decisions he is forced to make. Möller invites the spectator to take part in this elaborate psychological mind game and uses sparse, carefully chosen means to build a dense atmosphere. Each second of the film was planned with a great precision and each wince, look and sound create together a true masterpiece.
The 18th New Horizons International Film Festival will take place from July, 26th to August, 5th 2018.
Tickets are available via the Festival website.