If there’s one thing that distinguishes Open Horizons, it is the discovery of new trends and film directors that evolve the art of cinema through their work. This year offers a variety in terms of narrative construction, with minimalist films as well as more elaborate ones, while the names of several noteworthy newcomers appear alongside those of established auteurs.
This year’s program sees the return of acclaimed film directors from French-Polish Roman Polanski and Iran’s Mohammad Rasulov to Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Austria’s Ulrich Seidl and the American Kelly Reichardt with their latest films. At the same time, younger filmmakers deconstruct clichés and stereotypes, offering a depiction of life which is free of facile sentimentalism and pat answers. Typical examples are Robin Cabillo (Morocco), Mira Fornay (Slovak Republic), Hannah Fidell (USA) and Katharina Mückstein (Austria).
The films of the Open Horizons segment, with their roots in world independent cinema, present versions of human reality without stylistic or thematic restrictions. Realistic, sensitive, and extreme images make up a multifaceted panorama of the modern world which breaks away from the well-established and calls upon us to take a stand. It is in this vein that we are launching the “Currents” section, which presents films that function as a field in which to explore and redefine cinematic language.