A boy winds up lost on a mysterious island, inhabited only by a few animals and a giant who insistently pursues our hero. This boy's journey across a strange landscape gives rise to minimalist, evocative animated film, made entirely by Gints Zilbalodis and winner of one of the most important awards at the latest Annecy festival. Away Directed: Gints Zilbalodis Produced by: Bilibaba Country: Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 75'   21st November (Thursday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 23rd November (Saturday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room    

Lotte and the Lost Dragons

In this third film of the series of Lotte films that children know and love, the spirited girl dog Lotte gets a little sister named Roosi. Karl the raccoon and Viktor the fish are scientists who come to Gadgetville. They are taking part in a big folk song collecting competition. Whoever succeeds in recording the folk song of the world’s oldest animal species, the mythical fire-breathing dragon, wins the competition’s grand prize. Lotte and Roosi decide to help the scientists. Exciting and unexpected adventures await the sisters.
The third feature film installment to the Estonian/Latvian family sensation Lotte (following Lotte from Gadgetville 2006, and Lotte and The Moonstone Secret 2011) heads for the celebrated 69th Berlin Film Festival.Lotte and The Lost Dragons is supported by the Estonian Film Institute / National Film Centre of Latvia / MEDIA / Shortcut / Estonian Public Broadcasting, and was made for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Lotte ja kadunud lohed / Lotte i zagubione smoki / Lotte and the Lost Dragons Directed: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits Script: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits, Andrus Kivirähk Music: Sven Grünberg Produced by: Kalev Tamm, Vilnis Kalnaellis, Eesti Joonisfilm, Rija Films Country: Estonia, Łotwa/Esnonia, Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 78 min. Family film, 5+   21st November (Thursday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

Franco Zefirelli – Directing from Life

On 15 June 2019, at the age of 96, Franco Zeffirelli, one of the greatest erudites of cinema, passed away. He became famous for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays such as The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Othello (1986) or Hamlet (1990), as well as legendary operas including La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci.  Two years before Zeffirelli’s death, a British author of television programs Chris Hunt visited the director’s house in Rome and then joined him on the occassion of the opening of his foundation in Florence. It was then that he made numerous interviews with him, got to know his close collaborators as well as his artistic archives, which all led to the creation of this fascinating documentary – a film epitaph to the director. This engaging Zeffirelli’s story about art, life and inspirations was implemented with interviews with directors Stefano Trespidi and Marco Gardini, vocalists Placido Domingo and Joan Sutherland, actors Robert Powell, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richord Burton and Joan Plowright, film and theatre producers Dyson Lovell and Sonia Friedman, longstanding secretaries Sheila Pickles and Angela Allen, as well as Pipp Pisciotto, an assistant and a friend of the Italian director. Hunt’s documentary, which was additionally enriched with fragments of interviews, operas, films and stage plays of the Italian artist, portrays a true Reneissance man who was larger than life. Franco Zeffirelli – Reżyserując z życia / Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life Directed: Chris Hunt Script: Marco Benedetti, Stephen J Brand, Simon Cox, Ant Leake, Daniele Nannuzzi Sound: David Bekkevold, Kevin Meredith, Lorenzo Ramerini Produced by: Chris Hunt Country: Wielka Brytania Year: 2019 Running Time: 58 min.   23rd November (Saturday), 7.00 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room      

Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling

Last year the world bid farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, a great master of cinema, awarded with numerous prestigious prizes, including two Oscars. The Italian director left a great number of unforgettable films which became a part of the canon of classic cinema.
Mario Sesti, a director, who is also a film critic and journalist, met with Bertolucci a number of times throughout a period of thirty years. Their discussions were published in ”L’espresso”, and recorded interviews were included in DVD editions of films The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. A documentary No End Travelling, which had its premiere during this year`s Cannes festival, presents the last interview Sesti made with Bertolucci. It took place short before the director`s death, and even though it was planned as part of a series devoted to film professions, it became a symbolic farewell to him. The great filmmaker brings back his emotional and nostalgic memories of the most important moments in his film career. He tells about the initial successes among the international critics and the admiration that the young American directors of the 1970s had for his films. He reminds the adventure with Marlon Brando, who played the main character in The Last Tango in Paris, as well as the fabulous night of the Oscar gala when his The Last Emperor received the American Academy award. Cinecittà - I mestieri del cinema / Bernardo Bertolucci: To nie koniec podróży / Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling Directed: Mario Sesti Script: Mario Sesti Photos: Emanuele Princi Sound: Federico Badaloni Produced by: Massimiliano De Carolis Country: Włochy Year: 2019 Running time: 55 min.   23rd November (Saturday), 5.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, is an animated adaptation of a bestselling novel by an Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul, publishing his works under the name of Yasmin Khadr. The film was presented in Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
The plot of the film takes place in summer of 1998 in the capital of Afghanistan, soon after the Talib fundamentalists came to power there. Moshen, a historian Moshen and Zunaira, a previouss teacher and now an artist, both young and in love with each other, are trying to live their lives as they used to, hoping that all will go back to normal one day. Atiq, a prison governor, and his fatally ill wife Mussarat, are both grief-struck and apathetic. Atiq, who has witnessed a lot of terror and suffering in his life already, is not capable of showing his wife how much she means to him. One day, due to Moshen’s carelessness, the fates of the two couple intertwine, forcing them to make some dramatic choices.
This tragic story about enslavement narrated in a poetic manner with the use of uniquely beautiful images in pastel colors make The Swallows of Kabul a film which stirs emotions and leaves a long lasting impression. Les hirondelles de Kaboul / Jaskółki w Kabulu / The Swallows of Kabul Directed: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec Script: Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman Sound: Alexis Rault Produced by: Reginald de Guillebon, Stephan Roelants, Michel Merkt, Joëlle Bertossa Country: France Year: 2019   23rd November (Saturday), 3.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room