A collaboration of Wrocław's New Horizons IFF and the European Film Academy (EFA), the 8th edition of 'A Sunday in the Country' in 2019 was held from 28 till 30 July and gathered 8 young film critics from Europe for a retreat/workshop in the first weekend of the festival. The participants met for the first time in a charming country house in Pieszyce in Sowie Mountains (Willa Sowia) where they exchanged their professional experiences and built international relations.
The 8th edition of the retreat-get-together gathered 8 participants from the following countries:
Austria (Marian Wilhelm), Wallonie-Bruxelles / Belgium (Stanislas Ide), Hungary (Márton Mészáros), Romania (Georgina Mușat), Spain (Alejandro Avila Villares) and Italy (Sergio Sozzo) and Klaudia Rachubińska and Maciej Kryński from Poland, winners of the Krzysztof Mętrak Contest for young film critics.
Under the guidance of the established critic from Italy, Tommaso Tocci, as well as coordinators from the New Horizons Association and the EFA the participants cooked and ate together and watched festival films. With the established filmmakers-guests of the New Horizons FF they discussed the role of film criticism in the filmmakers’ careers and their presented works.
The first day it was the award winning Dutch director, Sacha Polak, director of Dirty God, and Syllas Tzoumerkas by Miracle of the Sargasso Sea. On July 30, jury member, director of Fuge, Agnieszka Smoczynska and Divine Love director Gabriel Mascaro visited Sowia Dolina and commented on their films.
The event was supported by the Polish Film Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum, the Embassy of the Netherlands, Italian Cultural Institute, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Romanian Institute of Culture, Delegation of Wallonie-Bruxelles, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales in Madrid and organized in collaboration with Krzysztof Mętrak Award for young critics.