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Funny Games EU

film / screening

2011-09-08 - 2011-09-11

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photo: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty

Funny Games EU is a special film programme of the New Horizons International Film Festival prepared for the European Culture Congress. It aims to present the stylistic and thematic richness of European cinema, while emphasizing the vitality of the Continent’s rich film tradition.

Fifteen European movies from the past ten years will be screened in five sections: “The Earth Trembles”, “Breathless”, “Horrible Consequences of a TV Breakdown”, “Cries and Whispers”, and “The Phantom of Liberty”. The programme is completed by the two special screenings of the unique 3D documentary “Pina” directed by Wim Wenders.

Each section has been named after a film classic. Their titles can be taken literally, as slogans or even popular sayings, or can also be treated metaphorically, as a chain of associations and synonyms for the style their authors created.

'The Earth Trembles' is the title of a 1948 Luchino Visconti film, one of the most important examples of neorealism in cinema, and a story of the downfall of a family and the demise of tradition. In this section, audiences will see movies that address similar issues which remain relevant until today.

'Breathless' is the title of a 1959 movie by Jean-Luc Godard, a director associated with the French New Wave. The film, a play on the genre and form, full of carelessness and feverish emotion, will represent a section of productions that use the same emotional temperature.

‘Horrible Concequences of a TV Breakdown’ (English title: 'Behold Homolka') (1969), directed by Jaroslav Papoušek, is an absurd yet highly insightful and legendary Czech New Wave film that exemplifies the struggle against censorship. This poignant film represent movies that engage in dialog with genre pictures.

'Cries and Whispers' (1972), directed by Ingmar Berman, is the quintessential psychological drama. Echoes of this late Bergman film will be seen throughout this section ― in the controversial, dark films from Austria, Turkey and Netherland.

'The Phantom of Liberty' is the title of a 1974 Luis Buñuel film in which the director attacks the world of torpid forms and society in his own, surrealist manner. This section will include films that deal with contemporary social issues.


“Code Unknown”, Michael Haneke, France / Germany / Romania 2000, 118’
(Sunday, September 11, 3.30 p.m.)

One of the less-known but critically acclaimed work by the Austrian moralist, and a winner of the Golden Palm. A mosaic of seemingly unrelated stories from contemporary Paris slowly starts to reveal a deeper sense. In his own austere style, Haneke speaks about alienation and loneliness, mutual misunderstanding and indifference. Some scenes like the one with a homeless man in the underground or the dance of hearing impaired children as well as a leading role of Juliette Binoche stay imprinted in the memory forever.

“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”, Cristi Puiu, Romania 2006, 153'
(Sunday, September 11, 8.30 p.m.)

This founding movie of Romanian New Wave is a touching and naturalistic fresco about illness and dying. An elderly man is sharing his filthy flat, located in a drab socialist project building, with cats. When he starts feeling bad, the emergency service does not rush, and the ambulance takes ages going from one overcrowded hospital to another, full of incompetent doctors. In the meantime, Lazarescu, who falls more and more ill, is reduced to a patient, a body, and finally a corpse.

“The Secret of a Grain”, Abdellatif Kechiche, France 2007, 151’
(Thursday, September 8, 8.30 p.m.)

A panoramic cross-section of immigrant fates in contemporary France shown on the example of a sixty-year-old man from Tunisia. Due to his age and bad health condition he’s going downhill job-wise, because of the divorce, he sees his family less and less frequently. Finally, he hits upon a brilliant idea to open a family restaurant; however, bank clerks and his children dampen his ardour. This steaming with energy and sensuality film examines both the theory and practice of assimilation. At the same time, it reveals a recipe for perfect couscous.


“Lilja 4-ever”, Lukas Moodysson, Denmark / Sweden 2002, 109'
(Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m.)

The fourth film by one of the leading contemporary Swedish directors anointed by Ingmar Bergman. The film tells a story taken straight from the newspapers but it does it in a fresh and dynamic way. A young Ukrainian girl is dreaming of a husband and a job. When she meets a handsome foreigner offering her the chance to go to Sweden, she cannot suspect how this travel is going to end.. Initially realistic portrayal gradually gains a symbolic meaning.

“Anatomy of Hell”, Catherine Breillat, France 2004, 77’
(Saturday, September 10, 3.30 p.m.)

He doesn't like women. She will pay him so that he looks at her from the side which nobody should see. "It will cost you", he says. "I will pay you", she replies. Two strangers, a man and a woman, and four nights in an austere flat lead to the discovery of the naked truth about sex seen as a cruel game of humiliation and sadomasochist war of the sexes. The leading role was played by a porn actor, while behind the camera – a French feminist scandalist at the peak of her form.

“Oxygen”, Ivan Vyrypayev, Russia 2009, 75’
(Friday, September 9, 6 p.m.)

The Decalogue in the form of a rapped video clip in ten scenes, a loose interpretation of the theatre play by the director. The first scene, presenting a mad dance of a boy who has just committed a murder, seduces with an original mixture of lightness and brutality. What follows is a series of visual and editing fireworks set with the boldness and passion. The leading role performed by Karolina Gruszka.


Night Marathon – Friday, September 9, 10.30 p.m.

“Kinnunen”, Andri Luup, Estonia 2007, 85’
Here’s one on the misunderstandings between neighbours and their sense of humour: a Finn comes to Estonia and... He wants to find a wife, but he doesn't know either the language or the habits, so he enrols on a language course. The teacher seems to be utterly alienated in her own world; nevertheless, she begins to feel pity for her remarkably clumsy student. This humble TV film is a melodrama à rebours, full of gags based on slips of the tongue, but also a moving picture about looking for love.

“Amer”, Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, France / Belgium 2009, 90’
A coming of age story about a girl told via gestures, sounds and images related mainly to death and sex. A view of copulating parents, a slap in the face from the mother, motorcyclists' gloves, bodies touching each other on a bus. Two authors from Belgium pay tribute to Italian giallo, a formally sophisticated horror film genre from the '70s. The protagonist discovers her erotic side and dark corners of her psyche, which, nevertheless, is rendered with a big degree of irony.

“Rumba”, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, France / Belgium, 77’
First steps in the film industry by the trio well-known to theatre insiders. The main protagonists (and co-directors at the same time) are dancing teachers specialising in Latin American dances. After she loses her leg in a car accident, and after he loses his memory, they will have to learn life from scratch. Even if it rains, or rather pours, their great love lasts. Absurd sense of humour, mysterious narration and exaggerated acting, but, most importantly, the old-fashioned charm of a slapstick comedy...


“Import/Export” Ulrich Seidl, Austria 2006, 135'
(Friday, September 9, 8.15 p.m.)

A penetrating social morality play from one of the most gifted young Austrian directors. Two stories – one, about a Ukrainian girl collecting money for her trip to the West, and the other one about a boy from Vienna travelling Eastwards – run in a parallel manner, arousing our curiosity about the potential meeting and connection. From the revulsion of the Internet porn business to the hell of collective dying in an old people's home, Seidl sketches a terrifying vision of the world.

“Cosmos”, Reha Erdem, Turkey / Bulgaria 2010, 122’
(Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m.)

A film by a mature author who belongs to a triumphant Turkish film industry and who uses an original audiovisual language. A stranger, a holy fool comes from nowhere to a snowy Eastern town, which looks as if taken from Pamuk's “Snow”. Originally, welcomed with mistrust, he slowly starts seducing the citizens with his healing powers and establishes a strange, almost animalistic, relationship with a girl. And all this set against the backdrop of harsh winter, sharp sounds and a martial law.

“Code Blue”, Urszula Antoniak, Holland / Denmark 2011, 81’
(Saturday, September 10, 8.30 p.m.)

A compassionate nurse occasionally helps the terminally ill elderly to cross the border to the other side, always taking some kind of a fetish-souvenir. Her fragmentary personal life speeds up after she and the man from across become involuntary witnesses of a rape scene. Torn between the extremities of angelic sacrifice and pathological sex, the story is set against the minimalist, blue backdrop.


Exils, Tony Gatlif, France 2004, 104’
(Saturday, September 10, 1 p.m.)

The last Gypsy of the film industry currently lives and works in France. After crazy dances in the Andalusian “Vengo” and before eternal love shown in “Transylvania”, he portrayed the rebels without reason in their journey to the South. A boy wants to show to his girlfriend the country of his ancestors, Algeria. On their way, they hitchhike, make love in the grass, listen to flamenco and techno, and meet other constant wanderers and people seeking their place in the world. An anthem for freedom and love.

“The Dogtooth”, Giorgios Lanthimos, Greece 2009, 94’
(Sunday, September 11, 6 p.m.)

Parents with their three children live in a big beautiful house. The problem is that nobody can go outside – the authoritarian parents control everything, from education to entertainment and sex. What is more, they protect the children from the enemy from behind the fence. A lot of things will change after the appearance of a girl, who was brought there for their adolescent son. Cracks appear in the wall, the suppressed drives explode, and the house of cards falls to pieces. An unequivocal story about constraints and a commentary on the Greek crisis.

“I Will Not Be Your Friend”, György Pálfi, Hungary 2009, 13’ + “I Am Not Your Friend”, György Pálfi, Hungary 2009, 100’
(Saturday, September 10, 6 p.m.)

An exceptional diptych by the most versatile and amazing young Hungarian director. The short prologue, as if from a candid camera, shows socialization of kindergarten children, their first relationships and arguments. In the second, full-length part, quasi-adult characters follow the meandering paths of life with equal immaturity, light-heartedly hurting each other. The only ray of hope seems to be the songs sung in the crucial moments...

special screenings

„Pina”, Wim Wenders, Germany / France / UK 2011, 103’
(Saturday, September 10, 10 p.m.; Sunday, September 11, 10 p.m.)
A full-length documentary about Pina Bausch, a legendary dancer and choreographer, who’s unique creations transformed the language of dance. This revolutionary 3D film from director Wim Wenders captures the aesthetic of Pina Bausch’s greatest works in a thrilling way and offers a visual experience like no other.

The programme is created by the New Horizons Association crew (Roman Gutek, Joanna Łapińska, Ewa Szabłowska, Magdalena Sztorc, Jan Topolski).

All screenings take place in The Lower Silesian Film Centre, except documentary "Pina" by Wim Wenders which take place in Helios Cinema.