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As with most other festivals through the Coronavirus pandemic, from May 31 to June 7, 2020, the entire programme of the 60th Krakow Film Festival will be moved online.

Now, the festival’s documentary competitions have been announced to act as a window to this current world of quarantine. Featuring films from the world’s most prestigious events, as well as world premieres will be competing for 60th Krakow Film Festival’ Golden Horn and Silver Horn awards. The awards will be handed out by the jury headed by cinematographer Łukasz Żal, and consisting of Venice International Film Festival programmer Renata Santoro, filmmakers Tod Lending and Eva Mulvad, and Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary International Film Festival programmer Martin Horyna.

Golden and Silver Dragons awards for short documentaries will be handed out by an international jury headed by filmmaker Jan Komasa and including Marko Škop, Dekel Berenson, Paola Orlić, and Csilla Kato.

The international documentary competition of the 60th Krakow Film Festival:

  • Acasa, My Home, dir. Radu Ciorniciuc, Romania, Finland, Germany
  • The Self Portrait, dir. Margreth Olin, Katja Hogset, Espen Wallin, Norway
  • Sunless Shadows, dir. Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, Norway
  • Kounachir, dir. Vladimir Kozlov, France
  • Bitter Love, dir. Jerzy Śladkowski, Sweden
  • I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die, dir. Eva Marie Rødbro, Denmark
  • Odmienne stany świadomości, dir. Piotr Stasik, Poland
  • Higher Love, dir. Hasan Oswald, USA
  • The Whale from Lorino, dir. Maciej Cuske, Poland
  • The Foundation Pit, dir. Andrey Gryazev, Russia
  • An Ordinary Country, dir. Tomasz Wolski, Poland
  • Punta Sacra, dir. Francesca Mazzoleni, Italy
  • Hey! Teachers!, dir. Yulia Yishnevets, Russia
  • The Champion of the World, dir. Federico Borgia, Guillermo Madeiro, Uruguay

Documentary short films:

  • Dad You’ve Never Had, dir. Dominika Łapka, Poland
  • A Second Family, dir. Ramón Sánchez Orense, Susanne Krauss, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • A Friendly Man, dir. Łukasz Konopa, Israel
  • Epitaph, dir. Victor Asliuk, Belarus
  • The Fantastic, dir. Maija Blåfield, Finland
  • The Butler, dir. Daniel Dencik, Denmark
  • Overdue, dir. Tessa Louise Pope, The Netherlands
  • keep shiftin’, dir. Verena Wagner, Germany
  • I Need the Handshakes, dir. Andrej Kuciła, Poland
  • There’s No Shooting in Kyiv, dir. Jakub Šedý, Czech Republic
  • Depot Asmara, dir. Beatrice Möller, Germany
  • The Golden Buttons, dir. Alex Evstigneev, Russia
  • Just a Guy, dir. Shoko Hara, Germany

Aside from the international documentary competition, several music biographies will also feature at the festival as part of the DocFilmMusic competition. Documentaries in this section are White Riot (Rubika Shah, UK), investigating how punk influenced the politics of Great Britain in the ‘70s, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band (Daniel Roher, Canada), and Nocturne (Gwanjo Jeong, South Korea), which follow talented autistic South Korean musician Seong-ho. The programme also features Coal-Country Song. Gundermann (Grit Lemke, Germany), The Changin’ Times of Ike White (Daniel Vernon, United Kingdom), Tomorrow’s Gone (Boaz Goldberg, Israel), Pearl of the Desert (Pushpendra Singh, India, South Korea), Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band (Tod Lending, USA), and Africa Mia (Richard Minier, Edouard Salier, France). The DocFilmMusic jury will consist of Filmmakers Stephen Nomura Schible and Rachel Leah Jones, and world-class pianist Leszek Możdżer.

Furthermore, Docs+Science will present a series of films about man’s relation with the world.

Docs+Science. No man’s land films:

  • Baikonur. Earth, dir. Andrea Sorini, 76’, Italy, 2019
  • That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise, dir. Anna Maria Martena, Roberto Taroni,Netherlands, Itlay, New Zealand,
  • Fat Kathy, dir. Julia Pełka, Poland
  • Are You There, dir. Maartje Nevejan, Netherlands
  • Kiruna – A Brand New World, dir. Greta Stocklassa, Czech Republic
  • Kodak, dir. Andrew Norman Wilson, USA
  • The Night Side, dir. Alexandra Navratil, Netherlands
  • Re-sculpted in Time: Sanatorium Zonnestraal, dir. Michiel van Bakel, Netherlands
  • Almost Human, dir. Jeppe Rønde, Denmark, Great Britain
  • The Sasha, dir. María Molina Peiró, Netherlands
  • Solar Walk, dir. Réka Bucsi, Denmark
  • Carlotta’s Face, dir. Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany

Finally, the Polish Documentary Panorama showcases the best of the host country’s non-fiction offerings.

Polish Documentary Panorama

  • My Sleepless Night, dir. Ryszard Lenczewski
  • House of Writers, dir. Marek Gajczak
  • On the Top Tyyryry, dir. Renata Kijowska
  • Just Dont Sing, dir. Jędrzej Michalak
  • The Midwife, dir. Maria Stachurska
  • In Harmony, dir. Dorota Bator
  • How to Swim and Not to Drown, dir. Anna Pawluczuk
  • Broken head, dir. Maciej Jankowski


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