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Silver Bear winner of this year’s Berlinale, the last film made by Andrzej Żuławski and a great hit of American independent cinema with Greg Kinnear in the starring role – these are only a few examples taken from the list of tens of festival films which we are happy to announce. Remember that PGNIG TRANSATLANTYK FESTIVAL in Łódź is going to take place on 23 – 30 June, and you can watch all the films for free!
One of the most important titles which we are going to present as a part of the Transatlantyk Panorama section – review of the most interesting feature film premieres of the recent months – is Heidi (orig. Inhebek Hedi), directed by Mohamed Ben Attia, showered with awards during Berlinale 2016. It is an interesting perspective on the contemporary Africa, as seen with eyes of a man who stands against his parents’ will, and refuses to marry the woman chosen by them. We will also present the problems of present-day Romania in Marian Crisan’s Orizont – a story of a couple entangled in a corruption intrigue. In Soy Nero by Rafi Pitts, we will watch a young Mexican who will do anything to get the Green Cardand to stay in the USA legally. Viva by Paddy Breathnach, fantastically received during the Sundance festival, will take us on a journey to Cuba, to a poor barber dreaming about a drag queen career, while Don’t Call Me Son (orig. Mae So Ha Uma), by Anna Muylaert (director of the famous The Second Mother (orig. Que Horas Ela Volta?) will fly us to Brazil, where we are going to see slow disintegration of an ordinary middle-class family. International award winner A Monster with a Thousand Heads (orig. Un Monstruo de mil cabezas) by Rodrigo Plá is a touching picture of woman’s fight with the heartless insurance system which refuses to help her suffering husband. There is also going to be Cosmos (orig. Kosmos), the last film by Andrzej Żuławski, in which this great director decided to translate into a movie the seemingly unfilmable prose by Witold Gombrowicz; the results are fantastic – the film was awarded with a prize for the Best Direction at the Locarno the Festival.

In the Panorama, we are also going to present three fascinating films about growing up. Sleeping Giant by Andrew Cividino is a story of idyllic holidays of three boys and a conflict that is going to change their lives forever. In Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson, we are going to move to the fjords of Iceland together with a 16-year-old boy looking for his own place in his life, while extravagant Closet Monster is a story of a teenager who hesitates to reveal his sexual identity to his relatives, presented as a style of comedy-drama mixed with horror.

As every year, our Transatlantyk Docs section is also going to be filled with interesting films. We are going to show you the most important documentary premieres of the recent season. Among these, you will find Human by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, touching upon the topic of the spiritual condition of people living in the 21st century. The Swedish Theory of Love by Erik Gandini and Maya Newell’s Gayby Baby are two portraits of liberal societies – in the former film, we are going to take a look at the shadows of living alone – a popular choice among Swedes – while Gaby Baby is going to tell us about the hardships of raising kids by Australian same-sex couples. Under the Sun (orig. V paprscích slunce), directed by Vitaliy Mansky, presents a completely different picture of our world. Mansky managed to present the real life of the North Koreans who blindly believe in the propaganda fed into their minds by the government of their country. Friedrich Moser’s A Good American is a critique of the American defence system regarding the terrorist attacks on WTC, and Andreas Koefoed’s At Home in the World is a story about immigrants’ children, devoid of the sense of belonging to any place in the world.

Transatlantyk would not be complete without the great modern American cinema. In the Independent section, we are going to present Little Men by Ira Sachs, a captivating story of friendship between two young Brooklyners which is put to a test due to a family conflict. White Girl by Elizabeth Wood is a film about a young student involved in a dangerous relationship with a drug dealer. In the Different America section, we are going to present a touching documentary From This Day Forward, in which Sharon Shattuck directed the camera at her relatives, as her father revealed his transgenderness after many years, and the rest of the family had to cope with this situation. In the Oscars 2016 section – presenting this-year most interesting nominees – Transatlantyk viewers will have an opportunity to see documentary film Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman, which presents everyday life of people counteracting drug cartels’ terror on the border between the USA and Mexico.

Documentary films are also going to fill sections Eco, Art and Confrontations. In the first section, dedicated to the works touching upon the topic of ecology and our environment, we are going to present Kurt Langbein’s Land Grabbing – something about a shocking practice of modern neo-colonialism, in other words evicting small farmers by big agricultural corporations. Another film in this section is Hurricane 3D – a poetic, wonderfully photographed confrontation with the devastating power of Hurricane Lucy. The Art section will open with Jørgen Hermansen and Morten Kjølberg’s Backstreet Girls (orig. Backstreet Girls: Tilbake til Muotatha) – a half-hilarious and half-nostalgic documentary film about a punk rock band from Norway which was to become the most famous band in the world… but something went wrong along their way. In the Confrontations section, i.e. a series of films presenting the current world conflicts, we are going to present Ghostland by Simon Stadler –a touching, but humorous portrait of nomads living in the area of Namibian Kalahari Desert

Two first titles of the Third Age Cinema section dedicated to the seniors, are Return to Ithaca (orig. Retour à Ithaque) and 45 years. The former, directed by a winner of the Golden Palm during the festival in Cannes, Laurent Cantet, is a captivating portrait of three friends who meet in Havana after years apart in order to recall their irretrievably lost youth. The latter film, an Oscar-nominee and a winner of two Silver Bears (for actors Charlotte Rambling and Tom Courtenay) during the festival in Berlin, namely 45 years by Andrew Haigh, presents slow disintegration of a senior couple’s relationship, as their life turns upside down following a single, unexpected letter.

Last but not least, there will also be Sacrum, a section presenting films on religious and spiritual topics, faith and life choices connected with it. This year, we are going to show i.a. a documentary film David Wants to Fly by David Sieveking, in which the director – inspired by his master, famous David Lynch – attempts to explore the subject of Transcendental Meditation. Screening of digitally remastered Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue (orig. Dekalog) will be a great surprise for the audience. This will honour the 20th death anniversary and the 75th birthday anniversary of this excellent Polish director, graduate of the Lodz Film School.

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