Lublin Film Festival will be held on 23-28.11.2020 for the 14th time. This year we are going online. We will try our best to recreate the atmosphere of the event that brings together thousands of viewers and authors from all around the world every year.
All of the screenings will take place at real time, just like in a traditional cinema. Interviews with authors, webinars and other accompanying events will be broadcast on our Facebook page. This year, LFF participation is free of charge.
The LFF programme will consist of over 120 short and feature films from all around the world, which will be presented in competition and thematic blocks of films. These will include stories, documentaries, animations and experimental films.
Six films will compete in the feature film competition, four of those are going to be shown for the Lublin audience for the first time in Poland. All of them are connected with each other by a transformation plot and groundbreaking events that change the lives of the characters.
Poland is represented by two debutants: Bartosz Kruhlik with the movie Supernova, awarded at the Gdynia festival; and Piotr Adamski with the movie Eastern, awarded at the Koszalin festival.
The movie Senior Citizen by Marinos Kartikkis will also have its premiere in Poland. It is a moving story about an older man, who spends his nights at the infirmary, because he is afraid to sleep alone.
Jānis Ābele returns to Lublin with his new film Jelgava ‘94, where he portrays fascinated by grunge teenagers, growing up in the era of political transformations. This Latvian production has already won 4 awards at the festival in Riga, and our audience will be the first to see it in Poland.
In D2: Train to the End of the World Czech director, Petr Babinec , will take the audience for extraordinary journey to Vladivostok; and the Russian film Etude #2 by Andrei Burmistrov will tell a story about Sasha, a boy brought up in the orphanage, for whom music becomes an escape from the rough reality.
Lublin Film Festival will also become a celebration of short films. 50 films will compete in 7 competitions for the Golden Anteater award!
Both young artists, such as Natalia Spychała with her film Marbles, and more experienced filmmakers like Piotr Dumała and his Last Supper, will compete in the animated film competition. There will also be a premiere production called My Galactic Twin Galaction by a well-known to the Lublin audience, Sasha Svirsky.
This year’s documentary block shows a scale of differentiation in the approach to making this type of cinema. Paweł Dyllus in Weirdy presents character of Bogdan Dziworski, an outstanding photographer and cinematographer; Slovak Lucia Kašová in Concrete Times tells a story of Bratislava in the found footage convention; and Anne van Compenhout in Foreplay observes Dutch teenagers during sex education lessons. There will also be a local touch in Glass Negatives, where Jan Borowiec sets off to Israel to solve a mystery of pre-war negatives found in one of Lublin’s attics.
Films for children also have their competition, including the animated film by Clémence Madeleine Perdrillat and Nathaniel H’Limi called My Life at Versailles, awarded at the festival in Annecy. This is another Polish premiere at the Lublin Film Festival. There will be a lot of them in feature films competitions.
The Focus: Emotions competition involves dramas strongly affecting the audience. One of them is the directorial debut of Mathilde Profit called First Goodbyes, author working, among others, at Leos Carax’s production Holy Motors. There is also going to be a unique Macedonian film, Sticker, by Georg M. Unkovski, which had its world premiere at the Sundance festival.
The Focus: Idea competition will provide many surprises for the viewers. Suffice it to say that one of the competing production is a musical about a traffic cone (Cone by Sébastien Auger) and Films from the Smog Years, a comedy featuring actors such as Andrzej Seweryn and Danuta Stenka, directed by Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka.
The Focus: Theme competition centers around productions about current social problems of the people from all around the world. The movie presented at the Cannes festival, Anna by Dekel Berenson tells a story about American trips to Ukraine in order to find a wife; and boldly made film Les Poux presents a procedure of helping the homeless living on the Parisian streets. And that’s only two out of nine intriguing subjects.
The Focus: Experiment competition has been prepared for the lovers of a new form of cinema. It will include, for example, awarded at the Cannes festival, Vietnamese film Stay Awake, be Ready by Pham Thien An, and never seen in Poland before film The Invasion by Dante Rustav from Uzbekistan.
The decision of who will receive the Golden Anteaters this year will be made by the jury composed of: Katarzyna Borowiecka (until recently best known from Radio Three, currently the creator of the POPcast); and Agnieszka Pisarek and Dawid Adamek (creators of Sfilmowani, one of the most popular polish channels devoted to films).
The competitions are not the only thing that LFF has to offer. The programme will also contain short film thematic screenings, including Andrzej Rusin’s original series Off World, Maciej Misztal’s Zoom in on emigration and Agnieszka Bąk’s Off science fiction. As part of Polish Legends, series that introduces profiles of outstanding Polish filmmakers, the audience will be able to see the pre-war The Dybbuk by Michał Waszyński and documentary The Prince and The Dybbuk by Elwira Niewera and Piotr Rosołowski. We will also show a restored version of one of the first Polish films – The Return of the Reveller.
There will also be a lot of accompanying events. Dr hab. Marcin Maron invites you to film language workshops, dr Łukasz Jasina to classes on modern writing and speaking about film, and Justyna Czarnota to film workshops for families. You will also be able to laugh at the stand-up show, test your film knowledge in Pub Quiz, and listen to an extraordinary concert of Czuła Obserwacja. Let’s meet up, this time online!