Two Riversides guarantees top-shelf films, fascinating meetings with artists, marvellous concerts, and unforgettable, atmospheric evenings in Kazimierz Dolny, Janowiec and Mięćmierz. The Festival starts on the 28th of July but as we have almost closed this year’s programme, we are happy to let you in on it.
The “World Under a Tent” section includes award winners from Berlin, Cannes, Locarno and Sundance. It opens with the Polish premiere of “Shoplifters” (“Manbiki kazoku”), a Palme d’Or winner, by Hirokazu Koreeda, a brilliant Japanese filmmaker known for his “Like Father, Like Son”, a master of surprising, deep, funny and touching family portraits. The festival concludes with “Dogman” by Matteo Garrone, which won Marcello Fonte a Palme d’Or in the best actor category. The programme includes a special screening of “Cold War” (“Zimna wojna”) by Paweł Pawlikowski (Palme d’Or winner for directing) with the participation of filmmakers, including Joanna Kulig, whose performance delighted the critics, public, and her fellow actresses—Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett.
From the Cannes Festival programme, we have also chosen “Three Faces” (dir. Jafar Panahi; best screenplay award in the main competition), the outstanding “Donbass” by Sergiej Loznitsa, “Sofia” (dir. Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi; best screenplay award winner in the Un Certain Regard category), “Arctic” starring Mads Mikkelsen (dir. Joe Penna), the incredible “Harvesters” (“Die Stroopers”, dir. Etienne Kallos, cinematography by Michał Englert), and “Burning”, based on the Haruki Murakami’s prose (dir. Lee Chang-dong). We will premiere “Image Book” (a film essay on the history of cinematography, and a Special Palme d’Or winner) and a unique document “Searching for Ingmar Bergman” directed by Margarethe von Trotta, whose films were screened two years ago at Two Riversides. During her meeting with the audience, she said she was working on a document about a master of cinematography who was uniquely skilled in studying the female psyche. This is exactly this film.
We also have films from Berlinale. The programme of Two Riversides includes the premiere of “7 Days in Entebbe” (dir. José Padilha), a great thriller based on a true story, starring Daniel Brühl as the lead actor, “U-July 22” (dir. Erik Poppe) about the tragedy on Utøya island and Anders Breivik’s terrorist attack on a youth camp, “Transit” (dir. Christian Petzold), which compares European refugees from the Nazis’ time with the fate of the victims of the current migration crisis in an interesting and ambiguous way. In the lead role, Franz Rogowski, a rising star of German cinema, who also appears in “In the Aisles” (“In den Gängen”, dir. Thomas Stuber). The titular aisles, although possibly associated with a romantic setting, are actually in the storage area in the back of a supermarket. The Two Riversides Festival will also include the premiere of a new picture by Isabel Coixet: “The Bookshop” (Goya Award winner) starring two outstanding actresses, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson, who also appeared in the last year’s “Party”. The final entry is “3 Days in Quiberon” (“3 Tage in Quiberon”, dir. Emily Atef), which paints a portrait of the beautiful and beloved Roma Schneider with passion and admiration.
Isabelle Huppert is a master of portraying characters who hide dark secrets, which is also the case in “Mrs. Hyde” (dir. Serge Bozon), a Golden Leopard winner from Locarno. Our festival in Kazimierz Dolny will see the Polish premiere of this film. Modern Italian cinematography turns back in its tone to its very best neorealist ideals. In addition to “Dogman”, the protagonist of which, Marcello, who resembles those from Vittorio De Sici’s works, believes that good deeds can change the world for the better, we will also show “Lucia’s Grace” (“Troppa Grazia”, dir. Gianni Zanasi, Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes), “Daughter of Mine” (“Figlia Mia”) starring Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Golino (dir. Laura Bispuri, main competition of Berlinale) as well as “Naples in Veils” (“Napoli velata”), a thriller by the award-winning director Ferzan Ozpetek.
The section “A Different Look at Hungarian Cinema” is an overview of the works by Karoly Makk, a Hungarian cinematography’s classic, and the screening of his “Another Way” (“Egymasra nezve”), starring Grażyna Szapołowska and Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak, who won a Palme d’Or in Cannes for this part. Both actresses will be special guests at the screening at the Festival Two Riversides. Karoly Makk will be compared with a younger generation of Hungarian artists, like Bogdan Arpad, who will come to Kazimierz Dolny with his new film “Genesis”.
This year’s programme also comprises excellent documents. Thanks to our cooperation with Against Gravity, we will show films that reflect both the advantages and problems of the contemporary world.
Art Director, Two Riversides Film and Art Festival