First two movies made by filmmakers from around the world comprise the 1-2 Competition. They will compete for the Festival’s main award – the Umbrella Man statuette. The best director will also be awarded with the Mayor of Sopot Award.
The Swimming Pool (La piscine), director: Carlos Quintela, 2011, Cuba/Venezuela, 65 mins
Best First Feature – 2013 Miami IFF
Official Selection – 2013 Berlin IFF
During summer in Havana four disabled adolescents while in vacation from school spend a day in a swimming pool with their instructor Esteban, an introverted ex-professional swimmer. The five outcasts inevitably struggle, clash, separate, and in the end reunite thanks to their imperfections.
The Photograph (Zdjęcie), director: Maciej Adamek, Poland/Germany/Hungary, 2012, 80 mins
Three City premiere
The Silver Zenith Award in the First Films World Competition – World Film Festival in Montreal 2012
“The Photograph” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Adam who discovers an old picture of his mother with a strange man and tries to find out who his real father is. This is also a story about first love, infidelity and encounter with death.
The Girl from the Closet (Dziewczyna z szafy), director: Bodo Kox, Poland, 2012, 90 mins
The story of Jacek, his brother Tomek and Magda, the eponymous “Girl from the Closet”. Each protagonist is alienated and lonely in their own way. Magda condemns herself to loneliness. Tomek has savant syndrome – a brain dysfunction that isolates him from the society, and Jacek, on the other hand, limits his social contacts to Internet interactions. The film discusses loneliness, anonymity, alienation and their different causes such as person’s own choice or “supernatural” mental fitness that can result in extraordinary behaviour.
Electrick Children, director: Rebecca Thomas, USA, 2012, 93 mins
Official Selection – 2012 Sundance IFF
Official Selection – 2012 Berlin IFF
Rachel, a young teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon community, believes her pregnancy is a result of immaculate conception and… a rock music cassette, while her fundamentally religious family regards her condition as an intolerable transgression. When her parents arrange a marriage, Rachel runs away and reaches Las Vegas where she begins the search for the man who sings on the tape…
Good luck and take care of each other (Lycka till och ta hand om varandra), directors: Jens Sjögren, Sweden, 2012, 96 mins
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Swedish Film Institute Awards
Alvar, a pensioner whose wife died, builds landscapes for model trains and does so with a lot of love. One day he meets Miriam, an unsatisfied teenager from his neighbourhood who shares his passion for model trains. The old man and the young girl must face facts and admit to their true feelings while the model world becomes the real one.
Out in the Dark, director: Michael Mayer, USA/Israel/Palestine, 2012, 96 mins
A Jury Special Award – 2013 Inside Out Toronto FF
A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.
Viva Belarus! (Żywie Biełaruś!), director: Krzysztof Łukaszewicz, Poland, 2012, 101 mins
The film shows the story of a Belorussian oppositionist and the reality of the country struggling with Lukashenka’s dictatorship. The main character of the story written by Łukaszewicz and Franak Viaciorka (the twenty-four-year-old activist of the Belorussian opposition whose story became a basis for the significant part of the script) is Miron, a rock musician. He is drafted into a special army unit and is harshly repressed by his commander officers for his criticism of the regime. Miron evokes a real storm in anti-regime media with a blog he is writing with his girlfriend’s help where he reveals the darkest sides of the regime army reality. Miron’s posts cause a revolution in the Internet. Therefore the authorities decide to crush him and to strike his most sensitive spot.