The 18th New Horizons International Film Festival will start this Thursday, 26 July. Like every year, the Wrocław festival will play host to numerous representatives of the film world, including outstanding directors, award-winning actors and rising stars.
Viewers will have a chance to meet one of the living legends of cinema, Terry Gilliam, the director of The Man Who killed Don Quixote, one of the longest-awaited titles in the history of cinema. Adina Pintilie will also be at the festival, together with the actors from her film Touch Me Not (including Tómas Lemarquis from Nói Albinói and Blade Runner 2049).
New Horizons values diversity, which is why one of our guests will be the great Bollywood star Rajkumar Hirani, the director of several extremely popular films in India. Wrocław audiences will see the Polish premiere of his film Sanju, a dynamic biopic about the famous Sanjay Dutt. Another event that is not to be missed will be the meeting with director Gustav Möller and actor Jan Jakob Cedergren from The Guilty (Den skyldige), a phenomenal hit at Sundance and Rotterdam, where it won the Audience Award. Wrocław will also play host to Ildikó Enyedi and Pedro Costa (the subjects of retrospectives); Joe Penna (the director of Arctic), along with Mads Mikkelsen; Pen-ek Ratanaruang (the director of Samui Song), one of Thailand's most interesting filmmakers; Lukas Dhont (director of Girl, a multiple award winner at Cannes); and Adriano Tardiolo, who plays the main character in Alice Rohwacher's Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice), winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes. In talking about the Western obsession with sealing borders, Ali Abbasi, winner of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, combines the best traditions of socially sensitive Scandinavian crime films with the dark beauty of Nordic fairy tales and the boldness of an erotic thriller.
The festival will also play host to several guests from Poland, including Agnieszka Smoczyńska (the program includes Fugue, which she directed, as well as The Field Guide to Evil, for which she directed one of the chapters); Jagoda Szelc, director of the acclaimed film Tower. A Bright Day (viewers will also see her film Monument); Dorota Segda, who debuted in 1989 with her bravura dual role in Ildikó Enyedi's My Twentieth Century; Łukasz Grzegorzek as well as Jacek Braciak, Karolina Bruchnicka and Agata Buzek (the director and actors from A Coach's Daughter); Olga Chajdas, the director of Nina (Big Screen Award winner in Rotterdam); Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Aleksandra Konieczna and Bożena Stachura, the actors from Janusz Kondratiuk's A Cat with a Dog; and Gabriela Muskała from Fugue.
The jurors for the International New Horizons Competition will include Valeska Grisebach (a German director and the winner of last year's Grand Prix for Western), Anna Jadowska (director of the award-winning Wild Roses), Michał Marczak (the director of All These Sleepless Nights, an award winner at Sundance), Fred Kelemen (a German director and cinematographer who was the subject of a New Horizons retrospective last year) and Claudia Landsberger (a Dutch specialist in international film marketing and a creative producer). Audiences will also have a chance to meet with the directors of the Competition entrants: Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek (My Friend the Polish Girl), Isabella Eklöf (Holiday), Ongjena Glavonica (The Load), Malene Choi Jensen (The Return) and Valérie Massadian (Milla).
Join us at the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival from 26 July to 5 August 2018. The full festival program and tickets for individual screenings are available at www.nowehoryzonty.pl or at New Horizons Cinema ticket offices.