Politics and Art and Writing About Film

It was by now the seventh edition of the EFA’s networking activity A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY for young film critics & journalists: The idea, as always, was to learn from each other through the exchange of experience and to build border-crossing personal networks. Organised in co-operation  with the New Horizons International Film Festival Wroclaw, the meeting again took place at Fregata in Zagórze Śląskie, Lower Silesia.

A group of nine participants spent the days watching films and discussing them, cinema and cinephilia in general, and life as a film journalist. In between there was cooking and eating together, and networking in a charming old guest house by the Bystrzyckie lake. Expert for this edition was the Swedish critic Hynek Pallas.

After an introduction circle on Sunday  night, the screening programme kicked off on Monday with HOLIDAY. The Swedish director Isabella Eklöf had already joined the group the day before and now engaged in an intense and passionate debate before lunch. Next was former SUNDAY participant Kuba Mikurda who made LOVE EXPRESS, about Polish director Walerian Borowczyk, and a discussion about film critics turning into filmmakers. After lunch the programme led to ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE, the animated documentary about legendary Polish (war) reporter Ryszard Kapuściński. Guests to discuss with the group were director/animator Damian Nenow and producer Jaroslaw Sawko.

After breakfast on Tuesday, the group watched MILLA by Valérie Massadian. After a great discussion with the director, the final film was the v-log like essay MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, followed by a lively conversation about responsibility, in politics and in art.

The group was composed of nine people from eight different countries: Alexander Zwart (Netherlands), András Huszár (Hungary), Diana Dąbrowska (Poland), Irina Trocan (Romania), Kornelia Sobczak (Poland),
Maria Bjerregaard
(Denmark), Matteo Berardini (Italy), Stefanie Borowsky (Germany) and Yael Hirsch (France).

The project was organized by the European Film Academy and New Horizons Association with the support of the Polish Film Institute, the local cultural institutes and the Krzysztof Mętrak competition for young film critics.