First Titles of Our Special Screenings Section Revealed

Reality blends into fiction as Liam Gallagher (and Michael Hutchence!) meet with the acclaimed Icelandic director Runar Runarsson, French female rock stars and Ridley Scott's Alien in Warsaw Film Festival's Special Screenings section. 

Memory: The Origins of Alien dir. Alexandre O. Philippe

Echo / Bergmál dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson, Iceland, France, Switzerland 2019, 80’             

Iceland is preparing for Christmas. In 56 scenes, the film draws a bittersweet portrait of modern society. The latest film from the director who won at the Warsaw Film Festival in 2008 and 2015.

First Love / Hatsukoi dir. Takashi Miike, Japan 2019, 108’

A boxer helps a call girl in the street. Before the night is over, they will be chased by a corrupt cop, a yakuza and a female assassin in a film by one of the most controversial Japanese directors.

Liam Gallagher: As It Was dir. Charlie Lightening, Gavin Fitzgerald, UK 2019, 85’

A fascinating take on one of the true British rock eccentrics. Liam Gallagher is finally able to tell his own story for the very first time, in his own special style: candid, honest and humorous.             

Memory: The Origins of Alien dir. Alexandre O. Philippe, USA 2019, 95’    

This year, Ridley Scott’s Alien celebrates the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release. It all started with a 29-page script by Dan O’Bannon, but how did it lodge itself into our cultural imagination?

Mystify: Michael Hutchence dir. Richard Lowenstein, Australia 2019, 102’

An uninhibited stage performer and a loner shutting himself away. A magnetic, long anticipated portrait of the lead singer and songwriter of the Australian band INXS, Michael Hutchence.

Oh Les Filles! / Haut Les Filles dir. François Armanet, France 2019, 80’

An alternative reading of French rock history. From sixties pop to gender-indifferent anthems, from feminist rebels to fashion icons of the social media age, from Françoise Hardy to Christine & The Queens.

Once in Trubchevsk / Odnazhdy v Trubchevske dir. Larisa Sadilova, Russian Federation 2019, 80’

No matter how hard you try to conceal having an affair, the truth will come out sooner or later. A charming comedy-drama about women’s dreams, set in a small-town Russia. 

Papicha dir. Mounia Meddour, Algieria, France, Belgium, Katar 2019, 105’

Algiers 1997. A female student dreams of becoming a fashion designer when her country is in a state of civil war with Islamic fundamentalists. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes festival.

Mystify: Michael Hutchence dir. Richard Lowenstein

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Warsaw Film Foundation /35th Warsaw Film Festival, October 11-20, 2019