The 9th edition of the Spektrum Film Festival will start on October 24 at the Świdnica Cultural Center. We present the full program and schedule of events in Świdnica. Viewers will be able to see over 50 titles, including short films from around the world, as well as full-length films from this year’s largest film festivals. But Spektrum is more than just a cinema festival, it is also a number of accompanying events – an intergenerational dance, karaoke, bingo and a walk in the footsteps of Świdnica’s murals. The festival will open with the film “Tótem” directed by Lili Avilés (which won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlinale), and the closing gala and awards ceremony will feature an absolute classic, the legendary “Lost in Translation” directed by Sofia Coppola.
5 feature-length films from Poland and 5 foreign productions will compete for the award, and the only jury will be the festival audience! In this year’s competition, viewers will see, among others: “The Passion of Dodin Bouffant” – the latest film by Trần Anh Hùng, which won the Palme d’Or for directing at this year’s Cannes Festival, beautiful, full of emotions, love and excellent taste; “In the Rearview” – Maciek Hamela’s documentary debut, presented in Cannes, a moving collective portrait of the inhabitants of Ukraine who are trying to find shelter after the Russian attack begins; “Monster” – the latest film by Hirokazu Kore-eda, awarded for its script at the Cannes Festival, a sensitive and careful observation of unusual human friendships and family bonds, an example of wise, extremely empathetic cinema; “Ultima Thule” – a story about self-discovery, nature and unobvious friendship, directed by Klaudiusz Chrostowski (a meeting with the director will be held during the festival), which was awarded at this year’s Feature Film Festival in Gdynia; “The Delinquents” – winner of the Grand Prix at the 23rd mBank New Horizons and one of the undisputed hits of the last Cannes; a hilarious, unpredictable, full of fantasy and charm story begins as a social drama, and unexpectedly turns into a pure crime story about a bank robbery.
Świdnica will once again be visited by short films by young independent artists, from professional productions to debuts made outside the walls of film schools. During the 9th edition of the festival, viewers will see as many as 41 films from various corners of the world.
At many film festivals we can watch retrospectives of the works of renowned directors, but the Spektrum organizers want to show young artists who have already become cults and it is not worth waiting half a century for them to become ‘classics’. The Young Classics section is an opportunity to look at filmmakers whose films have delighted audiences at the most important film festivals in the world and deserve attention at the beginning of their careers. The hero of this year’s edition of Young Classics will be Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, a Japanese film director and screenwriter. We will see two of his films directed by him: “Drive my car” (awarded in 2022, among others, with an Oscar in the Best International Feature Film category) and “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”, winner of the Silver Bear in the Best Film category at Berlinale 2021.
As every year, there will also be a film screening at the Świdnica Detention Center as part of the OPEN DETENTION section. The Świdnica audience will watch the documentary “Polish Prayers” directed by Hanka Nobis. The film tells the story of the life of Antek, a young conservative from Wrocław, whose views change due to his love for Weronika. After the screening, viewers will meet Anna Rok, the film’s sound designer.
The program of the 9th Spektrum Festival also included a special screening of the film “Feast of fire” directed by Kinga Dębska. The picture tells the story of a young girl, Anastazja, who is addicted to comic books, hot chocolate and in love with a boy next door. If she could, she would take him on a date or to the end of the world. Unfortunately, these are just dreams, because she has been confined to a wheelchair since childhood and communicates with her surroundings using a special program. Nastka’s life changes thanks to her feisty neighbor, Józefina. The role of Józefina was played by Kinga Preis, who will meet the Świdnica audience after the screening of “Feast of Fire”.
There will also be a cinema for the youngest. Children will watch “Yuku et la fleur de l’Himalaya”, a story about a brave mouse who sets off on a demanding journey to get medicine for his grandmother. The screening will be preceded by a lecture by Martyna Stec, an educator specializing in, among others, film education.
The Spektrum Festival is primarily about films and meetings with creators, but also talks, discussions and spending festival evenings together. From Thursday to Saturday (October 26-28), the Świdnica audience will also be treated to an entertainment program at the Bolko Club. It will take place, among others: a film quiz, karaoke, an intergenerational dance party, and the legendary bingo game.
The full program is available in the PROGRAM tab.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices of the Świdnica Cultural Center and on the website www.sok.com.pl. Tickets with access to all shows and events are sold for PLN 100 from October 10, and single tickets are sold for PLN 5 and PLN 15 from October 11.