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23 Mar 10
10. Era New Horizons IFF - Press Release

For 10 years, the Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław has consistently presented unconventional, original cinema, films that search for new language, new form, for themes absent from the mainstream production. For years, the festival's film programme has been a pretext and inspiration for discovering new horizons in other areas of art, too. The events that accompany the festival - exhibitions and installations, spectacles and concerts, lectures and workshops form a consistent, interdisciplinary artistic offer.

Era New Horizons IFF is the biggest film festival in Poland; last year all festival screenings were watched by a total of 122 thousand people.

During the 10th Era New Horizons IFF (22 July - 1 August 2010) about 280 films will be screened (including about 230 feature films) from more than 50 countries, and the most important part of the festival, producing the most emotions, will be the competitions.

In the NEW HORIZONS International Competition the jury will award the Grand Prix for the best film and 20,000 euro. Films will also compete for the Audience's Award and - for the first time this year - for the prestigious FIPRESCI prize awarded by film critics associated in the International Federation of Film Critics.

For the second time, there will be the FILMS ON ART International Competition, which was admired by the audience. The jury will award a prize of 10,000 euro.

In the NEW POLISH FILMS Competition, the best works will receive the Wrocław Film Award, funded by the Mayor of Wrocław (100,000 PLN).

This is the second ENH festival in which the competition-winning films are guaranteed by the organiser, the New Horizons Association, to be distributed in Poland.

At the beginning of 2010 the Association released six films from the last year's festival to cinemas, those which - according to jurors, audience, and selectors - were the events of the festival, won awards, roused great emotions, were commented on or very popular.

These films are: Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen; Oxygen (Kislorod), directed by Ivan Vyrypayev; The Forest (Las) by Piotr Dumała; The Beaches of Agnès (Les plages d'Agnès), directed by Agnès Varda; Burrowing directed by Henrik Hellström and Fredrik Wenzel; and Double Take directed by Johan Grimonprez, currently showing at cinemas and to be released on DVD in May this year.

This year's festival will focus on Turkish cinematography (about 30 titles), represented by young Turkish cinema, awarded at international festivals and by a retrospective of Zeki Demirkubuz, barely known in Poland, and one of the first generation of independent Turkish directors, who debuted in the 1990s. A book devoted to Turkish cinema has been prepared.

On the 10th anniversary of the death of Wojciech Jerzy Has, one of the greatest visionaries of Polish cinema, world-renowned experimental individualist, the festival audience will have an opportunity to admire his work. Has's worlds will live on on screen, but also during discussions, readings and an exposition prepared specifically for the festival and accompanied by an album.

Another retrospective will be devoted to the artistic father of post-modernism in film, who turns eighty this year, the radical, uncompromising avant-garde artist and co-founder of the French New Wave - Jean-Luc Godard. Exploring the aesthetic potential of cinema, for years Godard has been succumbing to his passion to deconstruct, to destroy the comfort of naive absorption of film stories. The retrospective will be enriched by three publications: a book by Ewa Mazierska on Godard, theoretical works by Godard, and an analysis of selected films prepared by Grzegorz Królikiewicz from the Łódź film school.

Among the festival's guests, will be founders of marionette animation, contemporary surrealists, inspired often by the prose by Bruno Schulz, the American Stephen and Timothy Quay, who will also have a retrospective of their films, including a screening of their latest film The Mask, an adaptation of a short story by Stanisław Lem. The retrospective of the Quay brothers will be supplemented by the installation Dormitorium and a book consisting of a long interview with the artists and essays on their work.

In Wrocław, you will also have the opportunity to watch films by the legendary British feminist film theorist and director, Laura Mulvey, whose 1975 paper Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema initiated a discussion on feminine identity in film. Analysing the term male gaze, Mulvey discovered manipulation mechanisms in the classical mainstream cinema. A selection of her works will be published, too.

There will also be a retrospective of Daniel Szczechura, master and teacher with 50 years of experience, an outstanding animator whose works focus on serious subjects - from political allusions to surreal and metaphysical aspects of human existence.

A special event of the 10th ENH IFF will be the spectacle by one of the most important European composers, a Dutch artist creating contemporary operas: Michel van der Aa, whose adaptation of The Book of Disquiet - a work of the Portuguese modernist Fernando Pessoi, also famous in Poland - is a starting point for a hypnotising film, music and theatre performance. The part of the narrator will be played by the wonderful actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.

From its very beginnings, the festival has strived to be show in the city's public space. This time, the talented Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko will exhibit an installation in the form of a public projection, prepared specifically for the festival.

At the Festival Club at the Arsenal, every evening, there will be concerts presenting bands from the alternative music scene from Turkey and many other artists.

Online sale of festival passes starts on 25th March at www.enh.pl

 

The festival's main patron is the city of Wrocław.

The festival's partner is Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa, operator of the ERA network.

Festival PR: Agnieszka Wolak; e-mail: agnieszka.wolak@snh.org.pl

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