This year, there will be as many as two new competitions – „Shades of Freedom” organised by Discovery Poland, Polish National Film Archive - Audio-visual Institute and Millennium Docs Against Gravity to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence, and VRSAWA competition dedicated to VR (virtual reality) films – the section currently under development by the Festival and Bank Millennium.
This year, the Festival will be held in five Polish cities : Warsaw (Kinoteka, Luna and Iluzjon), Wrocław (Lower Silesian Film Centre), Gdynia (Gdynia Film Centre), in Lublin (Centre for the Meeting of Cultures) and Bydgoszcz (Orzeł Cinema). Between 11-20th of May in Warsaw and Wrocław, in Lublin on 14–21st of May, in Gdynia on 16-25th of May and in Bydgoszcz on 19-26th of May.
13 films will compete for the Bank Millennium Award - Grand Prix in the Main Competition
There will be 13 films competing for the Bank Millennium Award. The jury composed of Jan Gassmann – film director, Anna Zamecka – film director, Grzegorz Jarzyna – theatre director, will select from the latest, most interesting works of documentary cinematography. The Main Competition features the following films:
- „The Long Season” directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich
- „„Call me Tony” directed by Klaudiusz Chrostowski
- „The Cleaners” directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
- „The Other Side of Everything” directed by Mila Turajlic
- „Genesis 2.0” directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev
- „Tarzan’s Testicles” directed by Alexandru Solomon
- „Minding the Gap” directed by Bing Liu.
- „The Prince and the Dybbuk” directed by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski Poland
- „Love is Potatoes” directed by Aliona van der Horst
- „Mrs. Fang” directed by Wang Bing
- „Generation Wealth” directed by Lauren Greenfield
- „Becoming Animal” directed by Peter Mettler and Emma Davie
- „The Waldheim Waltz” directed by Ruth Beckermann
Bank Millennium – patron of the Festival invites you to the VR cinema show
Last year, first time ever on such scale in Poland, documentary films in VR technology were presented in the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. This year, the Festival has for its viewers an additional attraction related to VR cinema – a new VRSAWA competition, featuring films produced in virtual reality technology, is being launched.
– Bank Millennium is one of the most innovative banks in Poland. New technologies are the cornerstone of our activity. Therefore, we are happy that the VR film section has been developing and is becoming an integral part of the Festival. Similar to VR cinema, Bank Millennium has a 360° approach to our ever-changing reality. We watch the world around us changing and we understand that this evolution cannot be stopped and so we want to support it wisely through investing in innovations for art and culture – says Iwona Jarzębska, director of the Public Relations Department of Bank Millennium.
The Festival features also some unique concerts
The musical stage, strictly related to the presented films, will feature, among others, The Tiger Lillies, famous for their live performances. At the 15th Millennium Docs Against Gravity, The Tiger Lillies will perform at the Festival’s opening on 10th of May. Their music is the soundtrack of „In Praise of Nothing”. The musical programme of the Festival includes an exceptional project of Yoshtoyoshto Peter Mettler (director of „Becoming Animal”). The mesmerising show composed of live-mixed images, music and stories told from the stage – so-called live documentary – will be held on 11th of May.
Also on 11th of May, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival together with Parade Square (Plac Defilad) is organising an event during which the Square will change for the duration into the Women’s Square. The climax of the evening will by a concert of Paulina Przybysz with Katarzyna Nosowska as guest artist.
On the musical side, the Festival will also feature „Here“ project – a film by Kamil Gubała, operator, musicians Piotr Bukowski (Xenony, Hokei) and Jakub Ziołek – winner of 2015 Polityka Passport, with special guest Andrzej Stasiuk, writer living in Beskid Niski. In Warsaw, at Iluzjon, they will offer a live presentation composed of film, musical and literature components.
For more details see www.docsag.pl