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MILLENNIUM DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY

La 17e édition de Millennium Docs Against Gravity gravite autour de documentaires à succès

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- Ce festival, un des plus grands qui soient consacrés au documentaire en Pologne, se tient du 4 au 13 septembre dans sept villes polonaises ; le programme passera en ligne à partir du 19

La 17e édition de Millennium Docs Against Gravity gravite autour de documentaires à succès
Photographer of War de Boris Benjamin Bertram

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Millennium Docs Against Gravity is one of those events in Warsaw – and, since 2009, other cities as well, now seven of them, to be exact – that is like a box of chocolates: no matter what you pick, it is sure to be a treat. There are new films that were previously presented at Berlin, Sundance, Hot Docs and IDFA, and the topics range from pop culture to high culture, and from ecology to economy.

The 17th edition was postponed from May, owing to the coronavirus, and is now running in hybrid form – from 4-13 September, the films are being presented in cinemas in Warsaw, Wrocław, Lublin, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Katowice and Gdynia, and on the 19th, the event will fling open the digital screening rooms. The theme of this year’s festival, “tenderness to the world”, was inspired by Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and is very poignant, as the social situation in Poland becomes ever more tense.

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The full programme of approximately 150 films is being shown in Poland’s capital, while other cities are presenting up to 80 documentaries and are also hosting Q&As with the filmmakers. The programme is divided into a number of competitions; there is also an Audience Award and other accolades due to be given out by, for example, Zwierciadło magazine and the Polish public broadcaster’s channel TVP Kultura.

The main competition includes 13 films, to be weighed up by a jury made up of Paweł Pawlikowski, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz and Sigrid Dyekjaer. The documentaries in the running for the €8,000 cash prize are: For Sama [+lire aussi :
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by Waad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts, La Mami [+lire aussi :
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by Laura Herrero Garvin, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange [+lire aussi :
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by Iryna Tsilyk, Adolescentes [+lire aussi :
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by Sébastien Lifshitz, Punks [+lire aussi :
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by Maasja Ooms, State Funeral [+lire aussi :
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by Sergei Loznitsa, Lessons of Love [+lire aussi :
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by Małgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja, Scars [+lire aussi :
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by Agnieszka Zwiefka, Epicentro [+lire aussi :
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by Hubert Sauper, The Wall of Shadows [+lire aussi :
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by Eliza Kubarska, Welcome to Chechnya by David France, Rebuilding Paradise by Ron Howard and The Painter and the Thief [+lire aussi :
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by Benjamin Ree. There is also the Best Polish Film Award competition, including no fewer than 12 contenders. Apart from Lessons of Love, Scars and The Wall of Shadows, the following films have a chance to scoop €3,000: From Within [+lire aussi :
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by Cezary Grzesiuk, Kystian Kamiński and Tomasz Szwan, Scandal [+lire aussi :
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by Bartosz Paduch, Let’s Try to Jump into the Well (medim-length film) by Piotr Stasik and Dorota Wardęszkiewicz, The Time Busters [+lire aussi :
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by Aleksandra Kutz, Tony Halik by Marcin Borchardt, Say Yes/No by Pawel Hejbudzki, The Whale from Lorino [+lire aussi :
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by Maciej Cuske, Between Us by Dorota Proba, and Quebonafide: Romantic Psycho Film by Red Bull Media House, Quebonafide and Warsaw Production Team.

All of the movies from the programme are also divided into thematic sections: We Can Be Heroes, Cinema, Mon Amour, Man in Film, The Fourth Eye, Fetish and Culture, Intimate Stories, Climate for Change, Places, Masters, Muse and Inspiration, Oki Doki, Money and Power, Laws of Metaphysics, From Home Movies, and Understanding China.

The festival is also organising Q&As, either in person or online, with at least half of the directors, and will host debates. Special master classes are dedicated to Hubert Sauper and war photographer Jan Grarup (the protagonist of Photographer of War by Boris Benjamin Bertram) – the gathering is also curating an exhibition of his works, called Our Daily Genocides.

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