Marcin Pieńkowski, artistic director of the New Horizons International Film Festival, recommends the following films from the festival program.
Films from China and India
The beautiful, dreamlike and poetic Such a Morning and Jonaki from India, and radical, sometimes shocking films from China: An Elephant Sitting Still, taking part in the competition; the controversial Angels Wear White and Silent Mist; as well as Mirrors and Feathers (The Widowed Witch). These films will make you look at the film industries from these two countries in an entirely different light.
One of the strangest films of the year. A nighttime journey through the history of cinema: from silent films to the present. From the conquerors of the cosmos to melancholy glances at the starry sky. This movie, along with other wonderful experimental films, can be seen in the new Visual Front section.
Hits from Sundance. Searching is a sensational, perfectly edited drama about a father searching for his daughter. The only things we see are a computer screen and a phone display. The Guilty, in turn, is an intimate film: the only thing we see on-screen is a police officer on an emergency call: phenomenal, minimalistic drama. New Horizons of genre cinema.
The wild, psychedelic The Wolf House by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña was the best film in the Berlin Festival's Forum section. The astonishing and thrilling Another Day of Life by Damian Nenow and Raul de la Fuente based on the work of Ryszard Kapuściński. And finally, Virus Tropical, a hit, girlish animation from Colombia.
Summer, dir. Kiril Serebrennikov
I haven't been listening to anything besides the iconic rock band Kino since the Cannes Festival. A beautiful, fanciful, melancholy film about youth, music and falling in love. For me, it's this year's Call Me By Your Name.
Happy as Lazzaro, dir. Alice Rohrwacher
Our wonderful closing film. A metaphorical parable that the Taviani brothers, Pasolini and Fellini could be proud of. Alice surprises us once again and makes it that she is one of the most talented directors working today. An award winner for best screenplay at Cannes.
The Wild Pear Tree, dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
A film that could be a work of literature by the Turkish director of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Winter Sleep. An erudite film about a clash of generations: frustrated old age against youth and all its resentments. Extraordinary.
Zama, dir. Lucrecia Martel
One of the most beautifully made films of recent years. A film as a visual feast, where naturalism clashes with the baroque. A film about the crisis of masculinity and destructive politics.
The winner of the Golden Bear for On Body and Soul will be a guest at the festival. Two of her films that are not well known in Poland are certainly worth seeing: the wonderful My Twentieth Century starring Dorota Segda and Simon, the Magician. Virtuoso, poetic, magical cinema.
The Bed, dir. Mónica Lairana and the competition
One of the most penetrating films about dying I've ever seen. A story about old age, about the ordinary state of being on one's own and passing away. Presented in the form of a film that is serene, quiet and blisteringly hot. It's one of this year's competition films.