Poland's Biggest Film Festival New Horizons Announces Jury Line-up

Cannes Golden Palm winner to open Poland's New Horizons film festival July 18.

Wroclaw-based festival opens July 18 with Cannes winner "Blue is the Warmest Color."

MOSCOW -- Wroclaw-based T-Mobile New Horizons, Poland’s biggest annual film festival, on Thursday announced juries for its four competition sections.

The 13th edition of the festival — which focuses on art-house fare with guaranteed Polish distribution for competition — named renowned Hungarian director Bela Tarr (Turin Horse) to the international competition jury, along with helmers Dominga Sotomayor (Thursday till Sunday), Edgar Pera (The Baron) and Joanna Kos-Krauze (Papusza). Christoph Terhechte, head of Berlinale’s Forum section, also will serve.

The international competition comes with a $26,000 prize and distribution guarantee for winners of grand prix, audience and FIPRESCI critics’ awards. The critics for the international competition includes The Hollywood Reporter’s Neil Young, Istvan Szathmary (Hungary) and Blazej Hrapkowicz (Poland).

The Films On Art International Competition ($13,000 prize) jury includes visual artists such as filmmakers Ben Russel (Let Each One Go Where He May), Amos Poe (Empire II) and Karol Radziszewski (MS 101), as well as New York’s MOMA curator Sally Berger and Diagonale Festival director Barbara Pichler.

The Polish Shorts Competition, which will screen local films to talent spotters and industry decision-makers, has a jury that includes festival programmers Laurence Reymond (Cannes Directors' Fortnight) and Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Tampere, Finland) and filmmaker Fijona Jonuzi (Girl).

In the European Shorts Competition, the jury is made up of Polish professionals: directors and visual artists Ana Brzezinska (I want no reality) and Norman Leto (Sailor) as well as critic Jakub Majmurek (Krytyka Polityczna).

The fest, set to run July 18-28, will include sidebars looking at French Neo-Baroque (Besson, Beneix, Carax), the works of Walerian Borowczyk, Hans-Juergen Sybelberg, new Russian cinema and classic and new cyberpunk.

The main international competition will screen 12 Polish premieres including Rotterdam competition title Noche by Leonardo Brzezicki, Locarno FIPRESCI award-winner Leviathan by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, as well as this year’s Cannes’ Un Certain Regard title Stranger by the Lake by Alain Guiraudie.

The Films in Art International Competition will have a dozen creative documentaries, including Peaches does Herself, directed by the singer Peaches; Sundance award-winner Cutie and the Boxer by Zachary Heinzerling; and What is this film called love? by Mark Cousins.

The event's closing-night film is the Polish premiere of Malgoska Szumowska’s Berlinale competition title and Teddy Award winner In the Name of.