The festival that will teach you about film

Shot from the movie Mój rower (My Father’s Bike), director: Piotr Trzaskalski
Shot from the movie "Mój rower" (My Father’s Bike), director: Piotr Trzaskalski
Marek Koterski and Marek Kondrat guests of the festival
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Marek Koterski and Marek Kondrat guests of the festival
Shot from the movie The Angel's Share, director: Ken Loach
Shot from the movie "The Angel's Share", director: Ken Loach

Film and Art Festival TWO RIVERSIDES is one of a very few film events that has managed to maintain its intellectual and cosy atmosphere despite extensive media coverage. The main theme of this year’s festival in Kazimierz Dolny is ‘the philosophy of outbreak’. It is about an outbreak, rebellion which will be presented as a stimulating factor leading to changes. It is also about rebellion in arts which always brings fresh ideas and methods as well as new phenomena. The festival’s programme is divided into permanent sections: world under canvas, in the short run, director retrospectives, great cinema on the Small Market Square as well as special events and meetings with the greatest.


This year at the TWO RIVERSIDES there wil be several Polish premieres of films such as "Reality" by M. Garrone, "Angel's Share" by K. Laoch, N. Arcel ‘s "Royal Affair”, "Shadow Dancer" by J. Marsh and "La Noche de Enfrente" by R. Ruiz. Nevertheless, a few latest Polish productions will find their way to a festival with "Mój rower" (My Father’s Bike) by P. Trzaskalski and "YUMA" by P. Mularuk. The screenings of Polish films will be accompanied by meetings with Polish artists, including Artur Żmijewski and Katarzyna Figura. The fans of good documentaries will find something out for themselves as the festival repertoire includes the likes of "Marina Abramović. The Artist is Present", "237", "And Extraordinary Voyage" which will be screened together with "Podróż na Księżyc". The fact that as many as 7 films shown this year in Cannes will also be screened at the TWO RIVERSIDES strengthens the festival’s position among its international counterparts.

The 6th edition of the festival in Kazimierz Dolny will also welcome Marek Koterski, director famous for such legendary productions as "Dzień świra" (The Day of a Wacko) and "Wszyscy jesteśmy Chrystusami" (We are all Christs). The festival will dedicate its part to Koterski’s works including his features, documentaries, student shorts and TV Theatre productions. Another celebrity at the TWO RIVERSIDES will be Marek Kondrat who starredwith Koterski in a number of his pictures. His appearance at the festival falls under the section And God Created Actor. Among other special guests will be Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson who is instructed to give the audience a ‘Lesson on film’.

This year’s festival will dedicate its part to German Expressionism and so will show films such as "Metropolis" by F. Lang and "M-M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder" by F. W. Murnau.

TWO RIVERSIDES will also include three days of workshops on photography with lecturers from the department of Postgraduate Studies in Photography at the UMCS Kolegium Sztuk Pięknych in Kazimierz Dolny. The programme of the workshops consists of lectures, fieldwork, consultations, discussions and photo-analyses.

The festival promotes knowledge on the art of filmmaking and points the audience’s attention to those important features of a film that make it an art, including other of arts such as literature, the fine arts, music and photography. Each year the organisers take their pride in making every viewer enriched in knowledge of films’ historical, artistic, literary and cultural background. Thus, everyone leaves this celebration of film with conviction they have broadened their theoretical knowledge and mastered new practical skills.
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author: Maria Jaszek
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