At Wrocław Uncut we are committed to bringing you the city's best English language film column with all the info on the weekend's finest new releases. That's why every week we bring you news of what's on at Kino Nowe Horyzonty.
Movie of the week
It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
Other English language films
The film follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Foreign language films (without English subtitles)
A young man is shot while illegally crossing a border and is sent to a refugee camp. When it is discovered that the wounded man can levitate at will, a doctor with his own agenda smuggles the man out.
When a man and woman who meet at work begin to know each other, they discover that they have the same dreams at night, and they decide to make them come true.
Wrocław's Kino Nowe Horyzonty will once again participate in the IFFR live program, which sees premiere screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival simultaneously take place at 50 cinemas worldwide.
After each screening the 50 cinemas will then be linked to the IFFR's post-film discussions and Q&A via a live stream, during which cinema-goers can ask questions using social media. Every film not in English will be accompanied with English subtitles.
Tickets for the screenings, which take place next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, cost 18zł each. They can of course be purchased at the cinema, or alternatively, reserved online via the Kino Nowe Horyzonty website.
IFFR Live at Kino Nowe Horyzonty – program
Friday, January 26:
5pm: “Pin Cushion”, dir. Deborah Haywood, Great Britain 2017, 82'
Super close Mother LYN and daughter IONA (Dafty One and Dafty Two) are excited for their new life in a new town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start, Iona becomes ‘best friends’ with KEELY, STACEY and CHELSEA. Used to being Iona’s bestie herself, Lyn feels left out. So Lyn also makes friends with BELINDA, her neighbour. As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, things aren’t going great for either of them. Iona struggles with the girls, who act more like frenemies than friends, and Belinda won’t give Lyn her stepladders back. Both Mother and Daughter retreat into fantasy and lies.
9pm: “La Holandesa (Messi Maud)”, dir. Marleen Jonkman, Holland, Germany 2017, 92'
While on vacation in Chile, Dutch tourist Maud abandons her husband to travel alone. When she befriends Messi, a local boy who fills a void in her heart, the pair embark on a roadtrip to reinvent themselves.
Saturday, January 27:
8pm: “Blue My Mind”, dir. Lisa Brühlmann, Switzerland 2017, 97'
Just before the summer vacation 15-year-old Mia and her parents move to the suburbs of Zürich. She has long felt estranged from her parents, and when she asks whether she might be adopted her mother becomes offended – but doesn‘t reply. While Mia plunges into a wild teenager existence in an attempt to cope with it all, her body begins to change oddly. First hardly noticeably, but then with a force that threatens to drive her out of her mind. In her despair she attempts to numb herself with sex and drugs, hoping to halt the tidal wave that is overwhelming her. But nature is more powerful. Mia’s transformation progresses inexorably, and she turns into the being which has slumbered within her for years…and is now gaining the upper hand.
Sunday, January 28:
3pm: “Nico”, dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli, Italy 2017, 93'
Nina, a teacher in mid-30’s, struggling to have a child, looks for a surrogate mother. It would seem that together with her husband she has found an ideal candidate. 25 year old Magda outwardly appears to be happy, she enjoys life and has no commitments. Yet Nina falls for the woman, who could have given birth to her child. “Nina” is a story about the unexpected love, about the ability to fill in the void, and about difficult choices. It is a story about the impulsive feeling which breaks through the traditional boundaries.
Looking for more films? There are plenty of great movies on general release at Kino Nowe Horyzonty – visit the Uncut film section to see the new releases from previous weeks.