As festival director Roman Gutek has pointed out many times, the most important section is the official competition, which attracts a significant number of viewers every year, even though the films shown are not the most accessible.
Each edition of the Era New Horizons Festival screens films that are not widely distributed. This initiative is particularly appreciated by connoisseurs and fans of "unknown territories" who will this year be able to enjoy a panorama of films from New Zealand.
Moreover, the festival continues to give pride of place to major names. In the Panorama – Masters section, audiences will be able to discover features presented at the latest Cannes Film Festival, including Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s award-winning Il Divo and Jerzy Skolimowski’s French/Polish co-production Four Nights with Anna, which opened this year’s Era New Horizons.
Other eagerly awaited titles include Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys; Czech director Petr Zelenka’s The Karamazov Brothers (adapted from Dostoevsky’s novel and filmed with Polish actors in Nowa Huta, the "dormitory" area of Krakow); and Krzysztof Zanussi’s latest work, Black Sun.
The programme also features several retrospectives, dedicated to Theo Angelopoulos, Terence Davies and Andrzej Zulawski.
Domestic films include 0-1-0 by Piotr Lazarkiewicz, who died an untimely death last month, as well as internationally recognised titles such as Andrzej Jakimowski’s Tricks and Dorota Kedzierzawska’s Time to Die.