FESTIVALS: Krakow Announces 2019 Competition Films

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KRAKOW: Two Polish films will screen in the international documentary competition of the 59th Krakow Film Festival, which runs from 26 May to 2 June 2019.

The festival will open with the Polish/Slovak film The Wind. A Documentary Thriller directed by Michał Bielawski  which observes how a destructive wind blows trough Podhale and disrupts the life of its inhabitants, influences the wellbeing of animals and leaves lasting wounds in the nature. The second Polish film Of Animals and Men directed by Łukasz Czajka is a dramatic story with archive materials, about a married couple who hid over 300 escapees from the Jewish ghetto in the Warsaw Zoo. They gave them shelter until the break of the Warsaw Uprising, when the house of wild animals stopped being an asylum to the debased Jewish human wrecks. A total of 16 films have been selected for the documentary competition.

"Several of the competition documentaries are sure to complicate the viewer's image of the world. Their subjects are the walls that we put up in our own heads, the life that we live in the shadows of gone wars and the resurrected ghosts of our past - sometimes scary, sometimes grotesquely funny. In our competition we’ve found a place both for the films of masters as well as works of debutants, the observation of reality and creative documentaries, as well as a completely new genre of documentary," said Anita Piotrowska, the Festival's selector.

The Krakow Film Festival is the only festival in Poland qualifying for the Oscar Academy Award in the category of full-length documentaries. It is also among the festivals recommending full-length documentary films for the European Film Awards. The festival is accredited by the FIAPF and the EFFE Label.

The documentary competition films are:

Advocate / Adwokatka (Israel, Canada, Switzerland)
Directed by Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche

Heat Singers / Chór ciepłowników (Ukraine)
Directed by Nadia Parfan

The Fourth Kingdom / Czwarte królestwo (Spain, USA, Mexico)
Directed by Àlex Lora Cercós, Adan Aliaga

A House for You / Dom dla ciebie (Iran)
Directed by Mahdi Bakhshi Moqadam
The Border Fence / Granica (Austria)
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Kabul, City in the Wind / Kabul, miasto na wietrze (Holland, Afghanistan, Germany, Japan)
Directed by Aboozar Amini

Pariah Dog / Miasto psów (USA)
Directed by Jesse Alk

Memory Is Our Homeland / Naszą ojczyzną jest pamięć (Canada)
Directed by Jonathan Kolodziej Durand

Of Animals and Men / O zwierzętach i ludziach (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Czajka

Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator / Przy łóżku kolaboranta (Israel)
Directed by David Ofek, Tal Michael

Mussolini's Sister / Siostra Mussoliniego (Israel)
Directed by Juna Sulieman

Cerro Quemado / Spalone wzgórze (Argentina)
Directed by Juan Pablo Ruiz

Stress / Stres (Germany, USA)
Directed by Florian Baron

But Now Is Perfect / Teraz jest świetnie (Holland)
Directed by Carin Goeijers

The Wind. A Documentary Thriller / Wiatr. Thriller dokumentalny (Poland, Slovakia)
Directed by Michał Bielawski

Wongar / Wongar (Serbia)
Directed by Andrijana Stojković