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NEW HORIZONS 2018

The 18th New Horizons is bringing cinema OUT

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- The leading Polish film event continues exploring innovative storytelling and unconventional cinematic languages, as its competition programme and side sections prove again this year

The 18th New Horizons is bringing cinema OUT
Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki

The New Horizons International Film Festival is turning 18 this year. Organised for the 13th consecutive year in Wroclaw, Poland’s leading film event (26 July-5 August) will screen 225 feature films during its 11 days, three of them as world premieres and more than half being shown for the first time in Poland. Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner Capharnaüm [+see also:
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 by Nadine Labaki will have the honour of opening New Horizons.

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As always, the New Horizons International Competition is showcasing bold artistic cinema that seeks out new forms of expression, and this is also clearly noticeable in this year’s selection. Twelve films will compete for New Horizons’ Grand Prix, including festival hits and newer discoveries. The selection has two Polish movies, Fugue [+see also:
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 by Agnieszka Smoczyńska and My Friend the Polish Girl [+see also:
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by directorial duo Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek; other European productions include The Wild Boys [+see also:
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 by Bertrand MandicoHoliday [+see also:
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 by Isabella EklöfThe Load [+see also:
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 by Ognjen GlavonićMilla [+see also:
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by Valérie Massadian, The Return [+see also:
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by Malene Choi Jensen, and The Dead and the Others [+see also:
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 by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora. There will also be a number of European co-productions, including Cocote [+see also:
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 by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias and The Bed [+see also:
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 by Mónica Lairana. Finally, We the Animals by Jeremiah Zagar and An Elephant Sitting Still by the late Hu Bo round off the selection.

In other sections, the Gala programme will screen, among others, Matteo Garrone’s Dogman [+see also:
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, Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built [+see also:
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Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows [+see also:
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, the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda and the Berlinale Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not [+see also:
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by Adina Pintilie, while Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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will close the festival. Furthermore, Climax [+see also:
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 by Gaspar NoéThe Man Who Killed Don Quixote [+see also:
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by Terry GilliamThe Wild Pear Tree [+see also:
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by Nuri Bilge CeylanAt War [+see also:
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 by Stéphane Brizé and The Image Book [+see also:
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by Jean-Luc Godard are some of the Masters selected for the eponymous section.

In line with New Horizons’ slogan for this year, “Cinema goes OUT”, the festival will seek out alternative narratives by organising retrospectives of visionary Portuguese filmmakers João César Monteiro and Pedro Costa, as well as Nicolas Roeg. As expected, the festival will join in with the centenary celebrations for Ingmar Bergman under the umbrella of the international Bergman100 project by screening films, and running an exhibition and an interactive installation. Finally, the special sections of New Horizons include a look at contemporary Iranian cinema.

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