A collaboration of the New Horizons IFF and the European Film Academy, A Sunday in the Country gathers a dozen of young film critics and journalists for a workshop/retreat in Fregata hotel near Wroclaw.
The participants from 10 different European countries, selected with recommendations from local cultural institutes, stay together for three days in a remote country house on a lake in Zagórze Śląskie, where they get to know each other, cook and eat together, watch movies, meet special guests (filmmakers from the New Horizons festival) and exchange their professional experiences and build international relations. Under the guidance of an expert they discuss the following professional issues: What's the responsibility, if there is one, of a critic towards (national) film productions? And towards the reader? What is the reality for film critics in different countries?
"It is not only a weekend of thought provoking discussion of the past, present, and future of film criticism. First and foremost, it provides a unique encounter of like-minded and future friends from all over Europe."- commented one of the past participants.
7th A Sunday in the Country in Wrocław will take place during the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival from July 29th till August 1st 2018.
For the 7th edition of the exceptional retreat-get-together 10 participants have been selected from 9 different countries:
Austria (Britta Rotsch), Denmark (Maria Bjerregaard), France (Yael Hirsch), Germany (Stefanie Borowsky), Hungary (Andras Huszar), the Netherlands (Alexander Zwart), Romania (Irina Trocan) and Italy (Matteo Berardini) and including 2 Poles, winners of the Krzysztof Mętrak Contest for young film critics:
They participants will work and network under the guidance of the established critic from Sweden, Hynek Pallas, as well as co-ordinators of the New Horizons Association and EFA. They will meet established filmmakers-guests of the New Horizons FF, directors of the competition movies: Isabella Eklöf (Holiday), Valérie Massadian (Milla), Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek (My Friend the Polish Girl), and Damian Nenow, co-creator of animated movie Another Day of Life.
The event is supported by the Polish Film Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum, Danish Cultural Center, the Embassy of the Netherlands, Italian Cultural Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center, Institut Francais, Romanian Institute of Culture, Polish Cultural Institute in Berlin, Kulturbrauerei e.V. and organized in collaboration with Krzysztof Mętrak Award for young critics.