ERA NEW HORIZONS is a festival of films that go beyond the limits of conventional cinema, from the kinds of films chosen to the new addition of outdoor movie events. Deciding about the formula of our festival, especially of its competition part, we asked ourselves a question: is there in the 21st century cinema (shaped by the mass audience and its tastes) a place for directors who go against the current, for individualists who use their own style, their own inimitable language.
Such haughty artists still exist in different parts of the world, although they find it ever harder to realise their projects. And yet their art does have its lovers - it is for those lovers that the festival is organised.
Guided by our own taste, from among hundreds of films that are screened yearly at festivals all over the world, we choose those that due to their unusual form and force of expression will not let the audience forget them. All over the world, they give rise to polemics and discussions, praise and protest. And yet it is such films that usually set the newest trends in world cinema art.
ERA NOWE HORYZONTY is a festival of film visionaries, of uncompromising artists who have the courage to follow a path of their choice against the current trend and to tell about the most important things using their own unique language.
Era Nowe Horyzonty (Era New Horizons) Film Festival began life in 2001 in Cieszyn in the West of Poland, with the ambitious mission statement of showcasing cinema that ran against contemporary trends. A flavour of what to expect can be gleaned from the types of ground-breaking films shown at previous editions of the festival - such as Almodovar's 'Talk to Her', Ozon's 'Eight Women' and Sokorov's ground-breaking 'Russian Ark', which was shot in one take in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
Growing in popularity, scope and ambition, the year 2006 saw New Horizons move to Wroclaw, where the event continues to support and expose the most interesting works being made from all around the world. With so much of today's cinema directed towards the mass audiences and the box office, high brow film lovers will be delighted with the chance to see movie-making at its rawest and most inimitable... It is exactly for these purists that this event is organised!
2008 saw a winning formula of competitions, reviews, retrospectives and a host of exciting accompanying events come once again to Wroclaw in the form of the ENH film festival. The international competition as always forms the backbone of the event but an intimate look at both Brazilian and New Zealand cinema proved fascinating, whilst concerts in Wroclaw's opera house and hip parties in the Arsenal building no doubt helped to heat up the atmosphere. Audiences loved the outdoor movie events, put on by DobreKino on a giant inflatable screen.
DobreKino official website: http://www.dobrekino.pl/dobrekino_pl_open_air_kino_events_festiwals_and_revievs.html
Film Festival official website: http://8ff.eranowehoryzonty.pl/index.do
Source: http://www.wroclaw-life.com/wroclaw/film-festival and http://8ff.eranowehoryzonty.pl/artykul.do?id=23