The repertoire of Wrocław's T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (July 21-31, 2016) joins forces with the European Capital of Culture with its Masters of European Cinema series. Ten artists will visit Wroclaw and two of them will present in-depth retrospectives of their work: Nanni Moretti, a director of films that intertwine politics, absurd humor and autobiographical themes, as well as the leading Basque filmmaker, Víctor Erice, who made of one of the most important films in the history of Spanish cinema, Spirit of the Beehive (1972). Our guests will also include the doyen of Spanish filmmaking, Carlos Saura; one of the most renowned Polish directors on the international stage, Agnieszka Holland; Czech cinema mainstay Petr Zelenka will show his new film Lost in Munich (2015); renowned German experimental filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger; and Jessica Hausner from Austria (Lourdes). Personal visions of cinema will be presented by Claire Denis, who examines France's postcolonial sins; Andrei Konchalovsky, a thorough investigator of the Russian soul; the leading Romanian New Wave filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes for 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, (2007)) will show his latest film Graduation (2016), which also won the Golden Palm at Cannes for Best Director.
Each guest will show at least two of their own films and one European film they consider an important influence, to create a kind of cinematic canon that covers various styles ranging from the neorealist Bicycle Thieves (dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1948), the grotesque-surreal The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie (dir. Luis Buñuel, 1972), to the contemporary Shame (dir. Steve McQueen, 2011). The guests will conduct masters cinema classes.