Six years of successful cooperation, six unique films in a special section of this year's program. Today we direct your attention to Ale kino+, with which we have the pleasure of cooperating again during the 20th edition of New Horizons. The Ale kino+ section traditionally includes the biggest festival hits from the most important film events in the world. But kino+ has been delivering New Horizons quality all year round for years and we can confidently say that it is an extension of our festival to television.
Through November 15, you can watch six titles from the Ale kino+ section on our online platform on the nowyhoryzonty.pl website:
Atlantis, dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych - a moving, terrifying and at the same time magnetically eye-catching dystopian vision of the near future. Eastern Ukraine, 2025, a year after the end of the war with Russia. A former soldier tries to organize a life devastated by conflict and to find meaning in a deserted land. Atlantis won the Best Film Award at the Venice IFF 2019 (Horizons section).
Mogul Mowgli, dir. Bassam Tariq's full-length feature debut, suspended between realism and hallucination, fantasy and memory, was well received at, among other places, the Berlinale, where it won a FIPRESCI award in the Panorama section. Riz Ahmed, a charismatic Pakistani-British actor and hip-hop musician performing in the Swet Shop Boys, plays the main character, rapper Zed.
Rocks, dir. Sarah Gavron - a precisely told story about a world where adults fail, and open and loyal friends come to the aid of the young protagonist. The director and her team (almost entirely female) managed to convey the power of positive girl energy and build extremely strong characters. The film won a number of awards, including at festivals in San Sebastián and Dublin.
Servants, dir. Ivan Ostrochovský - Eastern European noir that sheds light on the dark episodes of Czechoslovak history to bring contemporary problems out from the shadows. The eponymous Servants are both party apparatchiks, priests-to-be of the Prague seminary as well as their superiors. The film was a winner at festivals in Prague and Odessa.
Spring Blossom, dir. Suzanne Lindon - a melancholy story about first love, adolescence and teenage anxieties. The elegant shots rupture with sadness and youthful energy, which is wonderfully conveyed by Suzanne Lindon - the film's director and star. The 20-year-old filmmaker's debut was shown at numerous festivals, including in Toronto and San Sebastián, where it was warmly received.
Father, dir. Srdan Golubović. The plot of this social drama—an award winner at the Berlinale—was inspired by a true story that Golubović heard on the news. The director shows the clash of an individual with the system in an extremely realistic way, along with rare manifestations of human goodness and a smidgeon of hope.