The 17th Guanajuato International Film Festival opened on July 25 in Mexico. Poland is in the spotlight this year, with over 74 animations, documentaries, features and shorts from the country being screened.
Poland has been designated as the “Spotlight Country” of this year's Guanajuato International Film Festival. The festival is one of the most important film events in South America and has been held in San Miguel de Allende and in Guanajuato since 1998. Every year, over 100 countries participate in the film competition and a total of 90,000 audience members enjoy more than 400 films over 10 days. The films are screened from 9am until 4am in venues as unusual as tunnels under Guanajuato as well as both cities’ cemeteries.
Audiences will watch over 74 Polish films this year. Film relics such as Ryszard Ordyński’s 1928 Pan Tadeusz, Polish School gems like Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds, the cinema of moral anxiety and the seminal animations and auteur cinema of People’s Poland have been included in the programme of the festival.
Łódzka Filmówka w Meksyku
Łódź Film School, this year's guest of honour, has prepared a special guide to the academy’s past. Its history is told through shorts made by the school’s graduates. A Short History of Polish Cinema is another interesting project within which Polish cinema classics will be screened. In addition, two 90-minute screenings feature short films, documentaries and animations made by the academy’s students.
The festival’s audience will have the opportunity to watch Polański’s Knife in the Water, Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds, Munk’s Eroica, Has’s The Hourglass Sanatorium and Kieślowski’s Blind Chance.
Polish Cinema in Mexico
The latest Polish hits will also be screened at the festival– Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida, Tomasz Wasilewski’s Floating Scyscrapers, Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s Papusza as well as Ireneusz Grzyb and Aleksandra Gowin’s debut Little Crushes. Documentaries (Kopacz’s Joanna), shorts (Klimkiewicz and Sotomayor’s The Island) and animations (Kwiatkowska-Naqvi’s Ab Ovo) have been included in the festival’s schedule as well.
The festival runs until August 3. For further information, visit the festival’s website.
source: PAP, Guanajuato International Film Festival, ed. by BS.
Translated by Kasia Dolato