Time to begin the Little-Great Festival!

A Palme d’Or at the opening, the beginning of Pirjo Honkasalo’s retrospective, the Young Polish Philharmonic Orchestra with the most beautiful movie themes, all at the Market Square in Kazimierz. In a town with no cinema, the festival of film begins.

We kick off with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep,” which enthralled the Cannes jury, the critics who awarded it with the FIPRESCI, and the public. Grażyna Torbicka, Artistic Director of the festival, explains: “This film is a story about the difficult co-existence of different worlds: tradition and modernity, prosperity and poverty, erudition and wisdom. This is what characterises this year’s Two Riversides.” The very same evening in Kazimierz Dolny “Jimmy’s Hall,” the Palme d’Or-nominated film by Ken Loach, will have its premiere.

Our next stop is the Paris railway station Gare du Nord. A place where almost anything can happen, and an isolated world visited by everyone: the French, immigrants, travellers, and ghosts. A crossroads where encounters are rushed and end quickly. Let’s take a closer look at them through the cinematic eye of Claire Simon. “Gare du Nord” is a film that is going to have its Polish premiere at Two Riversides. At the Locarno International Film Festival it has been nominated for the Golden Leopard.

During the 8th Two Riversides festival we will have the opportunity to see a selection of TV Theatre plays. Today on the big screen: a television adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The play was co-produced by TR Warszawa, Polskie Wydawnictwo Audiowizualne, and TVP. It will be presented as part of the “And God Created Actor” section, whose guest this year is Andrzej Chyra.

The Young Polish Philharmonic Orchestra will open their concert with themes from such movies as “E.T.,” “Star Wars,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “Jurassic Park.” At 7:30 PM, the Kazimierz Market Square will transform into a concert hall. The musicians shall also perform pieces by Polish composers, including Wojciech Kilar (“The Ninth Gate,” “The Portrait of a Lady”), Zbigniew Preisner (“The Double Life of Veronique”), Abel Korzeniowski (“W.E.”), and Zygmunt Konieczny.

During the 8th edition of Two Riversides we will show 90 feature films and 60 competition films. We recommend visiting our E-SHOP. See you at the little-great festival on August 2nd till 10th!

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© Film and Art Festival Two Riversides Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow