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Godard's "The Image Book", Benning's "Readers", Kechiche's "Mektoub"

The Image Book, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
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Festival passes will remain on sale only until tomorrow. The 18th New Horizons International Film Festival is all about diversity: its program includes Sanju by Rajkumar Hirani, one of Bollywood's most popular filmmakers; The Image Book by Jean-Luc Godard; Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno; and James Benning's Readers.

Passes for the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival will remain on sale only until the end of the day on Saturday, 30 June. We remind all those who are undecided that one of the main driving forces behind the Wrocław festival is diversity. This year's program includes new films by the legendary Jean-Luc Godard; Abdellatif Kechiche, the director of the multiple-award-winning Blue Is the Warmest Color; avant-garde specialist James Benning; and Rajkumar Hirani, one of India's most popular filmmakers.

Bollywood at New Horizons? That must be something. During this year's edition of the festival, we'll have a chance to see the premiere of Sanju, the latest film by Rajkumar Hirani. Made with panache, Sanju is a wild biopic about an eccentric actor who is a magnet for trouble. From drug problems, through a brilliant movie career, to charges of terrorism, Sanjay Dutt has experienced enough for several lifetimes. His biography focuses on the charms and paradoxes associated with the Indian film industry, while also tearing down unjust stereotypes. Hirani will be one of the guests at the festival in Wrocław.

During the festival, we will also see the latest work by cinema's greatest living legend, Jean-Luc Godard. Awarded a Special Palme d'Or in Cannes, The Image Book is a film manifesto against war and violence as a pillar that modern society is ascending toward. Based primarily on found footage, the French director shows us how our everyday life is saturated with images of cruelty: in the media, on television programs and in the very heart of cinema. It's also a nostalgic essay by one of the rebels of 1968, who remains a believer in the power of cinema to change the world.

Abdellatif Kechiche, the director of some of the most sensual films in contemporary France, returns to New Horizons with a hit from the Venice Festival: Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno. 1994, a sunny beach and nightclubs: this is the setting for the story of Amin, a novice screenwriter, and his older cousin, Tom. Like the great Blue Is the Warmest Color (Palme d'Or at Cannes, the opening film of the 13th New Horizons), Mektoub is an intense, emotional portrait of eternally insatiable youth.

We will also have a chance to see James Benning's Readers (13 Lakes, 5th New Horizons; RR, 8th New Horizons; Twenty Cigarettes, 11th New Horizons), the latest experimental film by one of the favorites of New Horizon audiences. In our era of an information explosion and the 24-hour news cycle, Benning reminds us of the slowly dying art of focusing and enjoying a longer text. The director invites the daughter of a well-known guitarist, two writers and an artist to appear on-camera so as to remind us of the pleasure of reading.

Join us at the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival from 26 July to 5 August. The full program for this year's edition of the festival will be announced on 10 July. For more details, visit www.nowehoryzonty.pl.

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