The 8th edition of the Spektrum Film Festival in almost two weeks! We present the full program and schedule of events in Świdnica. Viewers will be able to see over 80
titles, including short films from around the world, full-length films from this year’s biggest film festivals (some pre-premiere), and even music videos on the big screen, which visually appeared as the best cinema. But Spektrum is more than just a movie festival, it is also a series of accompanying events – a film music concert, an intergenerational dance, bingo, or a walk along the trail of Świdnica murals. The festival will open with the documentary The Fledglings, dir. Lidia Duda, and the closing gala and awards ceremony will be graced by a true classic of Asian cinema – In the Mood for Love, dir. Wong Kar-Wai.
In this year’s competition, viewers will see, among others The Silent Twins – the newest film by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, premiered at the Cannes festival, this year’s winner of the Golden Lions for Best Film at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, visionary and based on a true story of twins who stop communicating with the world; EO – the latest film by Jerzy Skolimowski, a Polish cinema master, a Polish Oscar candidate and a breathtaking odyssey, a picture of the contemporary world shot with impressive panache through the eyes of an inconspicuous hero – a donkey; Close – one of the most beautiful films of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, awarded with the Grand Prix, is a sensual and sensitive story about the friendship of two 13-year-olds and the second full-length film by Lukas Dhont, the director awarded with the Audience Award of the 5th edition of the Spektrum in 2019 for the film Girl; Triangle of Sadness – another picture by Ruben Östlund awarded with the Palme d’Or in Cannes, which this time takes us on a crazy cruise on a luxury ship, is a well-written, wild comedy, divided into three surprising acts and an extremely timely and predatory commentary on our absurdly cruel times; Chrzciny with the phenomenal Katarzyna Figura (who will visit Spektrum again to meet the audience) in the role of Marianna, a zealous Catholic who decides to use a family celebration – the baptism of the youngest grandson, to reconcile her children who have been quarreling for years.
We will visit Bytom, where the film The Pawnshop documents the colorful fortunes of Jola and Wieśka – couples in life and business – together with their three employees, they run probably the largest pawnshop in Europe, and despite the fact that its heyday has passed, they are fighting for survival in the local community. Viewers will also visit the postcard scenery of the Alpine province in A Piece of Sky, where the majestic mountains create the background for the love story of a local waitress and a mysterious stranger, and finally warm themselves in the sun of Spain in Alcarràs (Best Film of the past Berlin Film Festival) in a story filled with the nostalgic aura of the end of summer about a multigenerational family that faces the loss of its farm.
In the Eye on Document section, we will see the poignant The Hamlet Syndrome, in which a few months before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, five heroes, inspired by Hamlet’s motifs, return on stage to the brutal experiences of recent years, trying to overcome their traumas – the screening’s partner is the IFF WATCH DOCS. Among the documents there is also Boylesque, in which the famous queer performer Lulla La Polaca, will show us that despite being in his eighties, you can still dance, play, love and Fire of Love – a true love story about an unusual love triangle featuring the French scientific marriage Katia and Maurice Krafftów and the volcanoes they love.
Świdnica will again be visited by short films by young independent artists and authors, from professional productions to debuts made outside the walls of film schools. During the 8th edition of the festival, viewers will see 46 films from all over the world. In addition to animations from the Okiem Młodych competition, we will also show a set of awarded animated films from the last edition of the Animator Film Festival in Poznań.
At many film festivals, we can watch retrospectives of works by recognized directors, we want to show young filmmakers who, in our opinion, became significant after their debut, and who proved with their second film that it is not worth waiting half a century for them to become ‘classics’. The protagonist of the first edition of Young Classics will be Kogonada, born in South Korea and raised in the United States. We will see his intimate debut Columbus (Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival) and his second film After Yang, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, which only confirmed his position and directing skills.
Sisters with transistors, where we will look at strong women who, despite a lot of resistance and aversion in the industry, have become precursors of electronic music (screening in cooperation with the Her Docs Film Festival); ISKRY, dir. the well-known singer and illustrator BOVSKA and the reporter and author of the program Dokumentnie w Newonce Radio, Filip Skrońc; The Fence about the difficult relationship between two elderly men in the Polish countryside with the main role of Juliusz Chrząstowski from Świdnica; Victoria with Katarzyna Figura, who plays the role of a woman discovering her sexuality. The movies you will see tell about the freedom of the body and mind and the consequences that this freedom brings. Because Spektrum values and supports diversity.
As a guest, the Octopus Film Festival will come straight from Gdańsk to Świdnica with the original series of the organizers – VHS HELL. This is a cyclical event presenting unconventional B-class cinema, which either fell out of the world distribution, or there is a very limited, is also a nostalgic tribute to the American low-budget cinema of the past decades and the Polish reality of the political transformation era. As part of the event, we will see the 1988 movie Brain Damage with a voiceover live!