WE ALREADY KNOW THE ENTIRE PROGRAMME OF THE SLAMDANCE FESTIVAL.
In addition to "The Wind. A Documentary Thriller," in the programme of this year's Slamdance, there is a place for three more Polish productions.
Slamdance Film Festival is one of the largest independent film festivals in the world. It has been organised since 1995 in Park City, Utah. The first edition of the festival was organised by a group of subversive film-makers whose films had not qualified for the programme of the Sundance festival. They felt the need to show their films, so they organised their own festival, whose motto is "from film-makers to film-makers." During twenty years of its history, the festival opened the road to fame for such directors as Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Oren Peli, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon, Lynn Shelton and Lena Dunham.
Two weeks ago, the first festival titles were announced. "The Wind. A Documentary Thriller" by Michał Bielawski will compete for the title of the best international documentary film, but it is not the only Polish production which has a chance to win awards.
"In A Lion" by Karol Lindholm was invited to the best short documentary film competition. The film, produced by the Munk Studio, is set on a winter Sunday afternoon in the Danish zoo, where parents with children come. This day, a special attraction waits for you. The employees of the zoo prepared an extraordinary mystery play connected with the body of a young lion. The animals are also beautiful on the inside. However, not all of the viewers submit to the charm of the spectacle...
In turn, "The Little Soul" by Barbara Rupik competes for the best short animated film award. The film begins somewhere on the banks of a river, where a dead body got stuck. Its decaying insides still envelop the soul - a miniature of the body of the deceased. The rotting organs come apart and a tiny figure forces its way through to the outside. Standing on the river bank, it says goodbye to its body and sets out on the journey to the posthumous world.
A Polish production is also present in the experimental film section. "Shooting stars" by Magda Jaroszewicz is one of the seven films which were invited to this competition. The film takes place during one night. The viewers observe one of the streets. They see only what they can imagine, they hear only what they want to hear. The distanced eye brings the images closer and sharpens them, but their interpretation remains in the mind of the observer. Everyone will derive their own story from this observation. You can discuss its contents according to your own experiences, remembering how strongly we are involved in the manipulation of the media and other external stimuli. The starting point is the image, generated in the observer's head. The observer is a guide but it is the viewer who gives meaning to this night.
The entire programme of the festival can be found here.