This year’s Cannes Festival has come to an end and the New Horizons Association has acquired rights to five Cannes films that will premiere at the 19th New Horizons International Film Festival (25 July–4 August) and then screen in Polish cinemas.
Deerskin (Le dain), dir. Quentin Dupieux
Deerskin opened this year's Directors’ Fortnight section. The director of Rubber and Reality made the wackiest film of the festival. Oscar winner Jean Dujardin plays the owner of a jacket made of deer leather (with a fringe, of course), who decides to destroy every other jacket in the world for the sake of his own (while, at the same time, shooting a fairly avant-garde film). An absurd comedy that is, at the same time, a wacky, self-referential riff on contemporary cinema.
Beanpole (Dylda), dir. Kantemir Balagov
The second film by the director of the acclaimed Closeness (17th New Horizons) was presented in the Un Certain Regard section and won the Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI Award. The story of the difficult relationship between two girls in languid, post-war Leningrad, the film is about trauma and also about the constant, ecstatic dance of life and death. This is a visually impressive, powerful, overwhelming film with a top-notch cast that shows off the immense talent of the director, who is on the brink of joining the pantheon of other Russian masters like Zvyagintsev.
A White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur), dir. Hlynur Pálmason
This was a discovery from the Critics’ Week section (acting award for Ingvar E. Sigurðsson). The director of Winter Brothers (17th New Horizons) presented one of the most expressive films at this year’s Cannes Festival, a formally polished history of mysterious vengeance, a surprising film about mourning, pain and coming to terms with loss, proving that Pálmason is one of the most interesting talents in European cinema.
Liberté, dir. Albert Serra
A Catalan experimental filmmaker and the subject of a retrospective this year, Albert Serra presented the phenomenal Liberté (Special Jury Award) in the Un Certain Regard section. This was the most radical and most controversial film from this year’s Cannes Festival: a dream, performance and spectacle about the dance of desire under the cover of night. Powerful, captivating and repulsive at the same time, proving that there is still room for the eponymous liberté in cinema.
Fire Will Come (O Que Arde), dir. Oliver Laxe
This was one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences at this year’s Cannes Festival. A mesmerizing story about the mysterious Amador, who returns to his hometown to be imprisoned for lighting a forest fire. The Galician director (Mimosas, 16th New Horizons), one of the most expressive voices in contemporary European cinema, has created a magnetic film about the power of nature and obsessions lying dormant inside human beings—New Horizons cinema created for the big screen. The film was presented in the Un Certain Regard section and won the Jury Award.