Łódź’s Cinergia European Cinema Forum calls for courage
by Marta Bałaga
- The Polish gathering will focus on courage and its manifestations in life and culture in reference to Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 1979 film Camera Buff
The Polish festival Cinergia European Cinema Forum, now in its 23rd edition, will take place from 23 November to 1 December. Viewers will get to choose from almost 130 screenings, including a special section dedicated to Finnish cinema and British films from the so-called “Angry Young Man” genre. As with every year, Golden Glans will be handed out to independent artists who dare to go against the grain, while the jury for the Best Polish Debut and Second Features Competition will be chaired by the director Jan Jakub Kolski, whose film Pardon will be shown as the festival’s opening film. The jurors, comprising Edyta Olszówka, Łukasz Orbitowski and Marcin Borchardt will watch 12 films, including 53 Wars [+see also:
interview: Ewa Bukowska
film profile] by Ewa Bukowska, Call Me Tony by Klaudiusz Chrostowski, Nina [+see also:
film profile] by Olga Chajdas and Kuba Mikurda’s documentary Love Express. The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk. The Best European Debut and Second Film Competition will include the likes of Aga [+see also:
interview: Milko Lazarov
film profile] by Milko Lazarov, Girl [+see also:
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile] by Lukas Dhont and Red Cow by Tsivia Barkai Yacov.
“Our desire and goal was to create a courageous line-up,” states artistic director Anna Serdiukow, explaining the motto for this year’s edition. “We all know what this word means, and yet it has a slightly different meaning for everyone. When preparing the programme, we thought about what courageous attitude or courageous cinema means today. Does courage come with a price and is it still a virtue today?” Festival organisers decided that these questions resonate perfectly with Camera Buff by Krzysztof Kieślowski. The acclaimed drama about a factory worker whose newfound hobby, film, changes his life forever, has been commemorated with a festival poster by Marta Frej, painter and illustrator known for her feminist memes. “The scene when he directs the camera at himself became emblematic for Polish cinema and is still meaningful today. Maybe even more so than 40 years ago,” adds Serdiukow. It’s hardly a surprise that the acclaimed actor Jerzy Stuhr, who played the lead, has also been named the festival’s ambassador.
Accompanying events will include a special screening of the 1927 film The Chess Player by Raymond Bernard with live music, as well as a Nigel Kennedy concert entitled Magician Of Lublin & Gershwin, inspired by Isaac B. Singer. “Every year, we dream that our audience will stop for a moment after our festival screenings and stay with us a bit longer: laugh, talk about universal topics and try to tame fears and national traumas. We believe this is still possible. It’s crucial to be a conscious viewer, but also to ask, discuss, argue, have doubts. In the cinema we are all equal, and in the dark we all seem courageous.”
The festival was organised by the Łódź Filmowa association with the support of the city of Łódź, and Łódź – the Centre of Events.
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