NOWE HORYZONTY FESTIVAL
This year the festival took place in cinemas between 21-31 July and till 7 August online. Below is what the organizers said about the content and guests. The jury comprised of 5 people, including Radu Jude, Michel Franco, Agata Buzek, "Synonymes" ("Synonyms") director נדב לפיד (Nadav Lapid). While the first two are superb directors, the actress and the latter director bore viewers to death. As for film makers showing their movies, those who started off as Odkrycia (Discoveries) now grace the Mistrzowie, Mistrzynie (Masters) section. A retrospective of Agnieszka Holland took place for the first time in Poland. Since not all her films were shot in Poland, getting screening rights took time, e.g. the rights to "Zabić księdza" ("To Kill a Priest") took 2 months to obtain. Between 21-25 July the director was at 3 Q&As daily. More than 10 films of hers were shown. Over 400 guests came in total. Jonas Mekas's retrospective - the director died 3 years ago at the age of 97 - included a 5-hour long movie. Another one was Lucile Hadžihalilović's retrospective - the director is known for metaphors of body, spatial, architectural thinking, closed worlds, water present, e.g. "Earwig" - the girls' ice teeth melt during the day, Gothic brutality features too. Another retrospective was Joanna Hogg's - Tilda Swinton's friend, who discovered Tom Hiddleston. She used to work on UK TV series and documentaries and at 47 created her first cinema movie. She's sensitive to class issues and fills her films with subtleties and humour. Intriguing festival offerings were: "Peter von Kant" by François Ozon, artist Roee Rosen's "Kafka for Kids" - for naughty adults rather, "Answering the Sun" which was in fact hypnosis, all audience is hypnotised through the film. Female debuts appeared in 'Focus on Kosovo'. The Trzecie Oko (Third Eye) section was on female servants: contemporary court workers or maids, precariat, the Białe Noce (White Nights) section saw the far North, where half a year is dark, half a year intensive sunshine. For that reason it was accompanied by midnight or break of dawn concerts. 朱声仄 (Shengze Zhu)'s "河流，奔跑着，倒映着" ("A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces") constituted of letters to Covid victims read by close ones - in section Lost Lost Lost. A section for the hard of hearing was there too.