Open Horizons reflects precisely what the segment’s name suggests: Aspects of cinema that evolve without any restriction on their style or subject matter, introducing us to visionary filmmakers who are constantly evolving their art. This year’s edition comprises a vivid mosaic, strongly representative of our era.
On the one hand, the world crisis which has been eroding society on all levels – economic, moral and political – and, on the other, human relationships, which find themselves today at a most vulnerable juncture, impel filmmakers to explore and decode the reality of our contemporary world. Each director’s way of seeing conveys a different aspect of this reality. What the viewer is offered in the end is a cinematic experience that brings together moments in time and emotions.
The approaches are many and varied, as varied as the styles of the directors, be they established or just starting out. From Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami, whose work the Festival has followed from his very first films, and Austria’s Ulrich Seidl, whom the Festival honored last year with a special tribute, to the most promising young talents, such as Pablo Larraín from Chile or Peter Strickland from the UK, Open Horizons will take you on filmic journeys which, regardless of the means they employ, are all headed for the same destination: a sincere viewing of the world.