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A rich 15th edition at New Horizons

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- 11 days and 340 films from 54 countries, 22 of which are fresh from Cannes, are brought together for the biggest festival in Poland, which kicks off this Thursday in Wroclaw

A rich 15th edition at New Horizons
The Brand New Testament by Jaco van Dormael

"Although this will be the 15th edition, marking a special anniversary of the festival, we’re not doing anything special to celebrate it. What has always been most important for us is the content, standard and quality of the programme. We screen films which perhaps travel in somewhat elitist circles, but we’re aware that we have a lot of influence over young people and that there are already three generations of youngsters who have, in a certain way, grown up with and been shaped by our festival. That’s what matters," emphasised Roman Gutek, managing director of the T-Mobile New Horizons Festival (being held from 23 July to 2 August 2015).

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Three films fresh from Cannes will be screened to open the festival: The Brand New Testament [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile
]
by Belgian director Jaco van Dormael (see review and interview), the documentary Amy [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Brit Asif Kapadia (on the life and tragic death of Amy Winehouse) and The Assassin by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

Those looking for the definition of "new horizon film cinéma" will find the best and broadest range of films in the official selection of the festival. One of the 12 films featured, being shown as a world premiere, is Walser [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, the debut fiction feature film of Zbigniew Libera, one of the most striking and interesting artists on the contemporary art scene in Poland who is famous the world over for his Lego Systems piece of 1996, a recreation of a concentration camp using LEGO bricks).

Six other European (co)productions will be battling it out in the official selection: Arabian Nights [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile
]
by Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, Goodnight Mommy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Severin Fiala and Veronika …
film profile
]
by Austrian duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, Lucifer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe, Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air by Phillip Warnell (United Kingdom, United States, Belgium), Necktie Youth [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer (South Africa and the Netherlands) and The Project of the Century [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Carlos M Quintela (Argentina, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany). The list is completed by H. by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, Heaven Knows What by Ben and Joshua Safdie, The Inseminator by Bui Kim Quy, Videophilia by Juan Daniel F Molero and Vanishing Point by Jakrawal Nilthamrong.

(Translated from French)

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