For the fifth time already, Ale kino+, in cooperation with New Horizons, has prepared a section of films that have taken home awards at some the most important festivals around the world.
Girl was a discovery at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The story of 15-year-old Lara, who is determined to become a professional ballerina although she was born a boy. Playing the challenging title role, Victor Polster exposes gender and biological stereotypes. The film, which marks Lukas Dhont's directorial debut, was an award winner at Cannes, where it captured the Golden Camera, while Polster won the award for the best acting performance in the Un Certain Regard section.
Border, the second film by Ali Abassi, a director of Iranian descent working in Sweden, is a playful sci-fi thriller based on a novel by Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist. The film's protagonists are trolls who, as it turns out, work and are involved in not necessarily successful relationships with people and who aren't fully aware themselves of who they are supposed to be. The fIlm won the main prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
In The Wife, viewers will have an opportunity to admire the outstanding performance by Glenn Close. This drama, directed by Björn Runge, tells the story of an unsung writer who decides to leave her husband just before he is to receive the Nobel Prize. The film gives voice to women who live in the shadow of successful men. Following the screening of the film on 28 July, there will be a debate titled "She is more than a wife," organized by Zwierciadło. Participants will include Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, and social psychologist Katarzyna Popiołek, among others.
My Brother's Name is Robert and He Is an Idiot is an astonishing film, beginning with the title itself. It's a family drama told by twin siblings as they are growing up. Bound by a bet, they've given themselves 48 hours to settle it, at which point this pastoral film then starts to look more like a horror. An entrant in the Main Competition at this year's Berlinale, the film was directed by Philip Gröning, the maker of The Policeman's Wife and the award-winning documentary Into Great Silence.
Lean on Pete is the latest film by Andrew Haigh, the director of Weekend and 45 Years. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer, an award winner for his performance at last year's Venice Film Festival) is offered a summer job at a stable. Seeking approval, he befriends a racehorse named Pete. Together, they head off on a journey through America's wide-open spaces.
The section will also include one of the hits from this year's International Film Festival in Berlin, the Slovak film The Interpreter (Tlmočník). Audience favorite Martin Šulík is back with the story of the eponymous interpreter (Jiří Menzel), who wants to learn the secrets of his family's past. The film is a unique mix of a road movie and a story about a difficult friendship between men that is full of the sort of warmth that Šulík is known for. The film also stars Peter Simonischek (Tony Erdmann).
The Rider is a western made from a female perspective. Fascinated by the true story of a young cowboy from South Dakota named Brady Jandreau, director Chloé Zhao mixes truth with fiction. At times, this is just a pretext for taking a closer look at the protagonists, simple people who accept life's disappointments with stoic calm, since the future does not have much to offer them. The film was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including for the best independent American film of the year.