Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends – I have the great pleasure of inviting you to all of this year’s events.
In the “World Under Canvas” section we present the winners of the biggest European festivals, including Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” (Palme d’Or, Cannes 2015), Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” (Golden Bear, Berlin 2015), Roy Andersson’ “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (Golden Lion, Venice 2014), Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” (Silver Bear for actors Charlotte Rampling and Toma Courtenay, Berlin 2015), and László Nemes’ “Son of Saul” (Grand Prix, Cannes 2015). We will also show films by those who have not received an award, although they should have, such as: Jaco Van Dormael with his “The Brand New Testament,” Pablo Larraín with “Club,” and Peter Greenaway with “Eisenstein in Guanajuato.”
The central characters of directors’ retrospectives are two very unconventional personalities in the world of film. Margarethe von Trotta, notable German director and screenwriter, believed to be one of the most prominent cinema art figures of the 20th century, will personally invite us to the Polish premiere of her newest film “Die Abhandene Welt” (“The Misplaced World”). We will also host Jerzy Skolimowski, the most internationally awarded Polish director. Six of his films have been selected for the Cannes main competition. In 1978 “The Shout” was awarded Grand Prix du Jury there, and it is with this film that we will open the retrospective of Skolimowski: an outstanding filmmaker, screenwriter, poet, painter, and visionary.
This year, the hero of the actor’s retrospective is Adam Woronowicz. His film and theatre roles, even the smallest of parts, are always memorable. An actor with an outstanding ability to transform. He can be credible both as the comical Mr. Józef from “The Reverse” and as the cold mob boss in “The Christening.” New Polish films, such as “Anatomy of Evil” by Jacek Bromski, “Walpurgis Night” by Marcin Bortkiewicz, and “The Red Spider” by Marcin Koszałka, will undoubtedly spark vivid discussions at Two Riversides.
Every evening you are invited to a musical event. We begin back at the Kazimierz Castle with a concert by Wojtek Mazolewski and his guests. Beautiful sunsets over the Vistula River give the concerts a special kind of power. It is also imperative that you visit Janowiec and Mięćmierz – the atmosphere there is just as unique.
I would like to thank all of our esteemed sponsors, partners, and the authorities of the Lublin Voivodeship, who have supported the Two Riversides Festival. I want to thank the entire team of wonderful people who join me in creating this festival with passion and joy year after year.
This year’s artistic program is very diverse. It shows how erratic and incoherent the world is today. It takes an imaginative, creative, intelligent, active, empathetic person to understand and harness this chaos. In numerology these people are defined by the number 9. So those who decide to participate in the 9th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides are heading in the right direction.
Artistic Director of the Film and Art Festival Two Riversides