First titles of the anniversary 60 th Krakow Film Festival

Festivals 2019-11-26

The Krakow Film Foundation, the organiser of the 60th Krakow Film Festival, announces the first titles of the next year’s anniversary programme! As it is the case every year, the top film-makers from all over the world come to Krakow to present their latest productions. In the international documentary film competition, we will see, among others, the opening film of the festival IDFA in Amsterdam, “Sunless Shadows” by Mehrdad Oskouei and the documentary film “My Father and Me” by the outstanding British film-maker, Nick Broomfield.

Nick Broomfield is one of the most frequently awarded British documentary film-makers in the world. During over 40 years of his artistic work, he observed the South American Nazis, met face to face with the infamous American serial killer Aileen Wuornos (on the basis of her life, the film “Monster” starring Charlize Theron was made), as well as confronted Courtney Love in connection with the circumstances of the death of Kurt Cobain. All these tasks were difficult, but according to the director himself, the most difficult film experience was documenting his own family history and his relationship with his father, famous British photographer, Maurice Broomfield, in the latest film “My Father and Me.”

My Father and Me, dir. Nick BroomfieldMy Father and Me, dir. Nick Broomfield

Another hit of the anniversary edition of the Krakow Film Festival will undoubtedly be the latest film by Mehrdad Oskouei, one of the greatest Iranian documentary film-makers. “Sunless Shadows” is a shocking tale about young murderesses who serve their sentences of imprisonment in an Iranian prison for murdering their fathers, husbands or other family members. The unusual bond between the director and the characters in his film often leads to private confessions in front of the camera, dealing with the motives for the committed crimes, as well as the painful consequences. The camera observes the sincere conversations but also funny interactions of the incarcerated girls, for whom the prison reality sometimes does not seem to differ from the lives of ordinary teenagers. It also seems that the walls of the penitentiary and the hermetic company of other women are a kind of shelter from the society, aggressively dominated by men.

Sunless Shadows, dir. Mehrdada OskoueiSunless Shadows, dir. Mehrdada Oskouei

Do not miss our first deadline - 30 November! Only for six days we will be waiting for films completed before 31 October 2019.

We are waiting for submissions of documentary, animated and short films to the three international competitions: for documentary films, for short films, to the DocFilmMusic competition presenting music documentaries, as well as to the national competition for Polish films.

The Krakow Film Festival is included in the prestigious list of film events qualifying for the Academy Awards in the short film category (feature film, animated film, documentary film) and feature-length documentary film category, and also recommends the films to the European Film Awards in the same categories. 

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The 59th Krakow Film Festival will take place on May 31 – June 7, 2020

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