|Poland's Largest Film Festival Highlights Norwegian Culture|
| [12.07.2011, 07:44am, Tue. GMT]|
|In collaboration with the Norwegian Film Institute, the festival will present a showcase of Norwegian cinema, with a special tribute to Norwegian director Anja Breien; it will also organise an animation workshop, a co-production forum and launch a book of Norwegian Film History.”There is already an extensive cultural collaboration between Norway and Poland, and Poland is becoming an important market for Norwegian films. The initiative by Poland’s largest film festival will bring our two film nations even closer together,” said Executive Director of promotion and international relations Stine Helgeland, of the Norwegian Film Institute.|
Norwegian director Sara Johnsen’s Upperdog will open the Norwegian programme on 22 July, screening in the festival’s 2,000-seat open air cinema, which also has Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing, a Polish-Norwegian co-production, on the schedule. The selection of Norwegian features and shorts includes Kaveh Tehrani’s novella film, 1994, which was nominated for an Amanda – Norway’s national film award – and won two top prizes at the Krakow Short Film Festival.
During Norway Expanded, New Horizons will publish a book (in Polish) about Norwegian film and film history, edited by Jan Erik Holst, of the Norwegian Film Institute. The festival will also stage an animation workshop, a talent seminar where young Norwegian and Polish filmmakers are encouraged to network internationally, and a co-production forum which is aimed at increasing the co-operation between Norwegian and Polish film producers.
Norway Expanded at New Horizons
Wroclaw – 21-31 July, 2011
Features: Limbo, Troll Hunter, King of Devil’s Island, Upperdog, Norwegian Ninja, The Mountain, Cold Lunch, Shameless, Rafiki, Twigson ties the knot and Dead Snow. 22 short films, short documentaries and short children’s films. All of Anja Breien’s features, shorts and documentaries.
Norwegian music: With Nick Caves-Grinderman as the main attraction, a major concert programme includes the performances of Deathcrush, Nextlife, Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundfør, Supersilent, Biosphere and Hans Petter Lindstrøm.
Norwegian art: An exhibition by Norwegian artist Ane Lan.
New Horizons festival:
App 430 films from more than 50 countries will be shown during the festival, which last year had 122,500 visitors. The organisers of the 11th edition emphasised that next to the competition, the Norwegian programme is the most important part of the event, which also includes films from cult genres (Japanese pink, Communist westerns) and retrospectives of Terry Gilliam, Bruno Dumont, Andrzej Maunk and Mariusz Wilczynski.