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ECoC 2016: a special year for cinema

"Over the course of the year, we presented over 60 events and carried our 29 projects related to film as part of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 programme. Tens of thousands of viewers came to the New Horizons Art House Cinema to watch events such as the 16th T-Mobile New Horizons IFF, the American Film Festival or the review of European Film Awards winners and nominees" - Roman Gutek, film curator of the ECoC 2016 sums up the year in his take on the "Let us experience it once again" series.

"The film traditions of Wrocław in combination with the title of European Capital of Culture allowed us to create a special film programme. The New Horizons Cinema has become its heart; it opened in 2012 and it is still the largest arthouse cinema multiplex in Europe where reviews, festivals and educational actions take place all year long. The core of the programme was film education: we offered screenings and meetings directed at shaping tastes of young viewers, discovering diversity of the cinema, arousing cultural needs and preparing for the reception of more difficult films.



Those actions constitute a necessary basis for longterm increase in the participation of Wrocław residents in culture and raising their interest in more ambitious films. The implementation of the programme allowed us to present the European cinema on a larger scale, both in historical way (Czechoslovakian New Wave, Ukrainian cinema) and from the perspective of its latest discoveries (new Italian, French, Spanish and German films, among others). In cooperation with San Sebastian, the twin capital of culture, the Basque film and culinary traditions were presented. We also had a special chance to invite a number of renowned filmmakers to Wrocław, including Nanni Moretti, Víctor Erice, Carlos Saura, Petr Zelenka, Ulrike Ottinger, Jessica Hausner, Claire Denis, Andrei Konchalovsky, Cristian Mungiu and Wim Wenders.


Wrocław’s film festivals had their special editions: IFF TMobile New Horizons, with the Master Cinema Classes, as well as American Film Festival, with the review dedicated to Europeans working in the USA. The opera adaptation of the Lost Highway had its premiere; there were special screenings of River of Fundament by Matthew Barney. The programme was crowned with the presentation of the European Film Awards in Wrocław and the supplementary review of the winners and the nominated films as well as meetings with filmmakers. We expect that those actions, thanks to their scale, will positively influence the longterm perspective of increasing the recognition

and strengthening the image of Wrocław as an important European film centre.”

Roman Gutek ­– Curator of film

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