Participants2016

“I Wanted to See Her Face One Last Time”: Hana Jušić On Quit Staring at My Plate

Quit Staring at My Plate, the debut feature from Croatian filmmaker Hana Jušić, explores the life on an introverted young woman, Marijana, whose story revolves around her family whether she…
20-10-2016

“If It’s Only About Social Problems It Can Become Boring”: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu On His First Feature Albüm

One of Turkey’s most promising young directors, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, puts a surrealist spin on the issue of adoption in his debut feature, Albüm. The filmis centred on a couple…
20-10-2016

“We Still Have Room for Improvement”: Todor Matsanov On Bulgarian Social Drama Hristo

One young homeless boy’s persistent fight to have an ordinary life is the subject of Hristo, the feature debut by Bulgarian co-directors Todor Matsanov and Grigor Lefterov. 
20-10-2016

Interview: Sofia Exarchou on Park: “The Olympics is a show, but look what stays here after the show”

Sofia Exarchou balances poetic imagery with raw realism in Park, a coming-of-age story full of diary-like snatches of memory. It’s set in the abandoned surroundings of Greek Olympic stadiums, where…
20-10-2016

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project Review: The Days That Confused

The Days That Confused (Päevad, mis ajasid segadusse) is immersed in the atmosphere of a small Estonian town in the late ‘90s, and reveals 28-year-old director and screenwriter Triin Ruumet…
20-10-2016

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project Review: Godless

Godless, winner of the Golden Leopard at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, is a dark and daring debut feature by Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova. Bezbog, its Bulgarian title, refers to…
20-10-2016

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project Review: Chouf

Following its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Chouf – the new Marseille-set crime drama by French-Tunisian director and screenwriter Karim Dridi – shoots its way into Polish cinemas…
12-10-2016

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project Review: Toril

Toril, the first feature by French filmmaker Laurent Teyssier, begins with a poetic image about contemporary society: an immense bullfight, intercut with red title cards, in which the beast is…
12-10-2016

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project Review: X500

WARSAW: Following his feature debut La Playa, director Juan Andrés Arango explores the topics of immigration, inhospitable environments and mental changes in his latest documentary-style drama X500, which screened in…
12-10-2016

FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project Review: Playground

One of the most divisive titles so far at the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival has been Polish production Playground, Bartosz M. Kowalski’s debut feature, which explores the topic of child…
12-10-2016

Julie: The Story of A Fugitive on the Run

Canarian Spanish director Alba González de Molina presented her debut feature Julie at the 32nd Warsaw International Film Festival in the 1–2 Competition for first and second features. It is…
12-10-2016