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Krakow Film Festival Announces Documentaries Selected for International Competition


For the tenth time, the best documentary films from around the world will compete for the Golden Horn award at Krakow Film Festival. After a long and exciting selection, 19 films from three continents are invited to participate in this competition. Among the selection is Tomer and Barak Heymann's film "Who's Gonna Love Me Now", a project that previously participated in the EDN Pitching Forum Docs in Thessaloniki.

Still from 'Who's Gona Love Me Now' by T. & B. Heymann
(previously participated in the EDN Workshop
Docs in Thessaloniki)

The 56th Krakow Film Festival will kick off with the international premiere of the film 21 x New York City by Piotr Stasik. The extraordinary story of Stasik's film deals with the loneliness which accompanies the contemporary inhabitant of a great metropolis, shown from the point of view of twenty one people, met in the New York City subway. A totally different sense of loneliness is shown in the Brazilian film Curumim (dir. Marco Prado), the protagonist of which spent several years in an Indonesian death cell, trying to save the hope for survival in himself. The film was made thanks to unique film material, made by the convict himself.

Every year, the competition is characterised by an extraordinary diversity of stories, protagonists or phenomena. Oftentimes, the dominating motifs of the films mirror the current reality or social problems around the world. This is also the case for several films from this year's festival edition. The Burden of Proof (dir. Stefan Kessissoglou) depicts the complicated European procedure of obtaining the refugee status by emigrants, whereas the Swedish film Homo Sacer the Sacred Man or the Accursed Man (dir Lode Kuylenstierna) tries to answer the question of how we perceive "the others" today.

Particularly noteworthy is the original documentary film Life on the Border, in which the esteemed Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi gives the camera to the youngest inhabitants of the camps on the Syrian border, who tell a poignant story about their experiences and emotions. In turn, the Polish film Alisa in Warland (dir. Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova) presents the tragic events of the armed conflict in Ukraine in an extraordinary and extremely personal way.

Interpersonal relationships, intricate and multi-faceted, are also a very common subject which is of interest to documentary filmmakers. The Lithuanian film Dead Ears (dir. Linas Mikuta) is a peculiar meditation on the father-and-son relationship between an elderly widower and his disabled son. A painful family psycho-therapy, conducted with the help of a camera and abundant archive materials of the family will be shown in the Swedish film Reflections by Sara Broos. The protagonist of the Israeli film Who's Gonna Love Me Now? (dir. Tomer and Barak Heymann) - inspite of many adversities - struggles against exclusion and desperately strives for the acceptance of the close ones. Who's Gonna Love Me Now participated in a previous edition of the EDN Pitching Forum Docs in Thessaloniki.

Below is a complete list of documentary films selected for the international documentary competition of the 56th Krakow Film Festival:

Films participating in the International Documentary Film Competition

"21 x New York City," dir. Piotr Stasik, Poland

"Alisa in Warland," dir. Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova, Poland

"All You Need Is Me," dir. Wim van der Aarn, the Netherlands

"The Burden of Proof," dir. Stefan Kessissoglou, Germany

"Curumim," dir. Marco Prado, Brazil

"The Nine," dir. Katty Grannan, the USA

"Homo sacer the Sacred Man or the Accursed Man," dir. Lode Kuylenstierna, Sweden/Denmark

"Icon," dir. Wojciech Kasperski, Poland

"Who's Gona Love Me Now?" dir. Tomer Heymann, Barak Heymann, Israel/Great Britain

"Dead Ears," dir. Linas Mikuta, Lithuania

"My Friend Boris Nemtsov," dir. Zosya Rodkievich, Russia

"Manor," dir. Pier-Luc Latulippe, Martin Fournier, Canada

"Reflections," dir. Sara Broos, Sweden

"Romeo e Giulietta," dir. Massimo Coppola, Italy

"Sempervirens," dir. Raphael Dubach, Switzerland

"Tashi Delek!" dir. Peeter Rebane, Estonia

"Employment Office," dir. Anne Schiltz, Charlotte Grégoire, Belgium

"Borderline Miracles," dir. Tomasz Jurkiewicz, Poland

"Life on the Border," dir. Sami Hossein, Delovan Kekha, Ronahi Ezaddin, Basmeh Soleiman, Mahmod Ahmed, Diar Omar, Zohour Saeid, Hazem Khodeideh, Syria/Iraq

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