Competition titles include Le Quattro Volte, Mundane History, and Trash Humpers; Godard expected to attend.
The 10th Era New Horizons International Film Festival gets underway today in Wrocław, Poland with two opening films: Gaspar Noé’s Enter The Void and Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods And Men.
Grand jury of filmmakers Jonathan Caouette, Piotr Dumała, Gideon Koppel, Mariusz Treliński and Yeşim Ustaoğlu will consider 14 films in the festival’s main competition.
Era New Horizons aims to promote unconventional films and directors who, in the words of festival director Roman Gutek, “go against the current”. Among the films competing for the €20,000 Grand Prix are Le Quattro Volte, Mundane History, Trash Humpers and other films which have already generated buzz at international festivals.
Other competitions sections include Movies on Art, Polish shorts and European shorts. Audiences will have opportunity to attend special screenings of Caouette’s All Tomorrow’s Parties and Tarnation, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair, and Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi’s Mondo Cane, among others. And Jean-Luc Godard will attend the festival to present the Polish premiere of his Film Socialism and a retrospective of more than 100 of his films.
The festival also hosts the New Horizons Studio, an initiative which aims to give young Polish filmmakers a better understanding of the international film industry. The workshop, which runs July 26–29, works on pitching, international promotion, festival strategy, and world sales.
This year’s New Horizons Studio program was created by Sandy Lieberson, chair of Film London and a collaborator of the Berlinale Talent Campus. The program will feature presentations by Dan Films producer Julie Baines, LevelK sales agent Tine Klint and Transilvania International Film Festival executive director Rik Vermeulen, as well as master classes by Caouette and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Along with more than $70,000 in prize money, Era New Horizons guarantees local distribution of the winners of the festival’s various competitions. Six films from the ninth edition were released theatrically and on DVD in Poland in the first half of 2010: Steve McQueen’s Grand Prix-winner Hunger, Ivan Vyrypayev Audience Award-winner Oxygen, Johan Grimonprez’s Double Take, Agnès Varda’s The Beaches of Agnès, Henrik Hellström and Frederik Wenzel’s Burrowing and Piotr Dumala’s The Forest.
The festival concludes Aug 1 with Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro.
New Horizons International Competition
Amer, dir. Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Between Two Worlds, dir. Vimukti Jayasundara
Expelled, dir. Adam Sikora
I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You, dir. Marcelo Gomes, Karim Aïnouz
In The Woods, dir. Angelos Frantzis
Le Quattro Volte, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino
Mama, dir. Nikolay Renard, Yelena Renard
Mundane History, dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong
Putty Hill, dir. Matt Porterfield
Refrains Happen Like Revolutions In A Song, dir. John Torres
Shit Year, dir. Cam Archer
The Mouth Of The Wolf, dir. Pietro Marcello
The Temptation Of St. Tony, dir. Veiko Õunpuu
Trash Humpers, dir. Harmony Korine
Movies on Art International Competition
Archipels Nitrate, dir. Claudio Pazienza
Belair, dir. Bruno Safadi, Noa Bressane
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, dir. Tamra Davis
La Danse. The Paris Opera Ballet, dir. Frederick Wiseman
Oil City Confidential, dir. Julien Temple
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, dir. Sophie Fiennes
Reel Injun, dir. Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes, Catherine Bainbridge
The Gertrude Stein Mystery Or Some Like It Art, dir. Philippe Mora
Themerson&Themerson, dir. Wiktoria Szymańska
Traces Of A Diary, dir. Marco Martins, André Principe
Villalobos, dir. Romuald Karmakar
We Don’t Care About Art Anyway, dir. Cédric Dupire, Gaspar Kuentz
New Polish Films Competition
Ewa, dir. Adam Sikora, Ingmar Vilqist
I Am Yours, dir. Mariusz Grzegorzek
If You Go Away, dir. Ewa Stankiewicz
Made In Poland, dir. Przemysław Wojcieszek
Mother Teresa Of Cats, dir. Paweł Sala
Tomorrow Will Be Better, dir. Dorota Kędzierzawska
Venice, dir. Jan Jakub Kolski