Rebellious and defiantly provocative The Beach Bum as well as brave and honest Our Time (Nuestro Tiempo) will be shown at the 19th New Horizons IFF. New movies by Harmony Korine, creator of both acclaimed and controversial Spring Breakers, and Carlos Reygadas, creator of the Post Tenebras Lux and Silent Light (Stellet licht) both of which won awards at Cannes, are visually stunning, subtle and deeply analytical depictions of modern concepts of freedom.
The Beach Bum by Harmony Korine
Creator of the Trash Humpers (10th NH) has outdone himself. The very clearly titled The Beach Bum, a favorite of the New Horizon's audience, takes us to a never-ending party with Matthew McConaughey. Hollywood superstar masterfully plays with his own public image to give us Moondog. This hedonist - driven by sex, drugs and alcohol - may be the most chilled out individual since "The Dude" Lebowski. SPI is the movie's distributor in Poland.
Our Time (Nuestro Tiempo) by Carlos Reygadas
This time the Mexican director tells a story of a married couple who has the opportunity to experiment with the idea of an open relationship. He and his wife - Natalia López - as well as their children, Rut and Eleazar, are the main actors in the movie. Our Time is in no way about exhibitionism. It's about questioning the boundaries that we set (and break) in our relationships with our loved ones. Reygadas, in his own very perceptive way, studies how culture controls instincts, while transforming lust, aggression and passion into art. It also showcases how technology poses danger to relationships, enticing with different concepts of love and lifestyle. Gutek Film SPI is movie's distributor in Poland.
The 19th New Horizons IFF - what do we know so far?
This year's festival is dedicated to movies of acclaimed directors who were well received at international cinema events. This year's program will include: Dirty God by Sacha Polak - opening film at the IFF in Rotterdam; Berlin award winner I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhasuse, aber) by Angela Schanelec; Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) by Dominga Sotomayor - highlight of the Locarno festival; the provocative X&Y by Anna Odell; the Silver Bear (Grand Jury Prize) winner - By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) by François Ozon; the Toronto's festival showstealer - In Fabric by Peter Strickland; Angelo, a true visual masterpiece by Markus Schleinzer; Greta by Neil Jordan, an extravagant and provocative thriller; and Between Two Waters (Entre dos aguas) by Isaki Lacuesta, award winner in San Sebastián and Mar del Plata.
Festival will also include new movies from Asia: Your Face by Tsai Ming-liang; Present.Perfect. by Shengze Zhu - winner at the Rotterdam festival; Fukuoka by Zhang Lu, shown at the Berlinale; Long Day's Journey into Night - which became an unexpected commercial success - by Bi Gan.
Festival will also feature retrospectives of works by cinema masters: Albert Serra - ironic moralizer, creator of The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV); the less known in Poland Shūji Terayama - Japanese director, theatrical reformer, scandalist and revolutionary, who won the Cannes award for Pastoral: To Die in the Country ); and Olivier Assayas, creator of acclaimed Clouds of Sils Maria, a director known for movies that are neither mainstream nor art-house.
Until the end of March, you may still purchase festival passes with a special discount.
The 19th New Horizons International Film Festival will take place from July, 25th to August, 4th 2019.
(translation by CM Translation Services, Wroclaw)