Ewa Szabłowska, one of the selectors for the New Horizons International Film Festival, recommends the following films.
Swedish Candy, Some Violence and a Bit of Cat: because love, like gelatin, is a substance of organic origin that can take any shape. Ester Martin Bergsmark's latest film is a bit brutal and extremely sweet.
Ambiguous Places: because sometimes you wake up and can't think. You feel like there's a strange insect protruding from your head. Instead of going to work, it would be better to trip pedestrians on the crosswalk in a park or sing old German songs. A black comedy that is 100% weird and 200% antisocial.
Unsettling: because sometimes a simple intervention provokes a complex chain reaction. A film, artistic action and social experiment by Iris Zaki at a housing estate in the West Bank.
Writing on the City: because graffiti is like a city's subconscious, escaping from the four walls of buildings to reveal the real thoughts of residents. A brilliant essay by Keywan Karimi about graffiti in Tehran.
The Wolf House: because journeys into to the unknown and wild at heart can lead into the murk of the forest, to a terrifying house, into the depths of nightmares. This time-lapse animation by two artists from Chile-Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña-includes talking animals and people turned into objects.
Team Hurricane: because nobody can show radical girls in an ordinary world like Annika Berg: "loneliness, pussy power, kawaii, neon green, hentai, teddy bears, fire, fear, anorexia, cactuses, DIY piercing. Lolita, secret journals and dreams."
The Goose: because cool animations, neon lights, leather jackets and provincial karaoke get straight to the heart of the matter. "Film folk artist" Mike Maryniuk shows just what postinternet on the big screen is all about, and he doesn't hesitate to get sentimental.
Beautiful Things: because it's nice to strain your eyes and ears to see what lurks beneath the surface of things. An electrifying film fugue that intertwines sounds, gestures and ideas. Futuristic science fiction about a future that we are already living in.
Yours in Sisterhood: because the private is political. And letters to the editor are the voices of women who dared to reveal their thoughts, fears and hopes. Read out loud, they cease being the problems of one woman, because it turns out that we are all dealing with the same issues. A brilliant project by Irene Lusztig about the past and future of feminism.
Longing: because the most banal stories can wind up having mythical power. A melancholy love story from Brandenburg by last year's New Horizons winner, Valeska Grisebach.