Over 200 films from 60 countries will be presented during 8 days of the festival. Moreover, 50 motion pictures will have their Polish premiere at Transatlantyk. Meetings with the filmmakers will be a part of the film screenings. However, Transatlantyk is not only about motion pictures. The festival guests will have a chance to participate in a wide range of workshops, music events, lectures and debates.
Independence Now is the main subject of this year’s edition. Transatlantyk Festival 2018 is devoted to such notions as independence, freedom and rebellion. These motives may be found in many of the festival events.
The official opening of Transatlantyk will take place at 7 p.m. in EC1 Łódź- The City of Culture. The opening gala will include not only films, but music as well. The special guest of the evening is going to be, among others, The Whoop Group- a band of lively saxophonists. Each of the group members was awarded during various contests both in Poland and abroad.
During the festival opening, the film “Our Struggles” (dir. Guillaume Senez) will be shown. The picture was presented at Cannes Festival in the section Semaine de la Critique. The film tells the story of Olivier, whose partner leaves him. He has to turn from a full-time worker to a full-time housekeeper and take care of their two little children. Transatlantyk’s audience will be the first one to watch “Our Struggles” in Poland.
Another two opening films are “Donbass” (dir. Sergey Loznitsa; M2, 8 p.m.) and “The Harvesters” (dir. Etienne Kallos; M3, 8.30 p.m.), which were also presented at Cannes Festival.
In his new film, Sergey Loznitsa, who received the Award for Best Director in the Un Certain Regard section at 71st Cannes Festival, depicts cruelty of hybrid war in the eastern Ukraine.
Loznitsa will attend this year’s Transatlantyk. The screening of his film will be followed by a meet-up with the director. Maria Choustova, the producer, and Dorota Roqueplo, the costume designer, will take part in Q&A section as well.
The international co-production “The Harvesters”, which Polish co-producer is associated with Łódź, will premiere in Poland at Transatlantyk Festival. Its international premiere took place at Cannes Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. The plot of the film centres around the Republic of South Africa and its white-African society. The screening will be followed by a meet-up with the producer of the film Mariusz Włodarski.
The meetings will be conducted in English with no translation provided.
On the first day of the festival, the films from other festival sections will be shown as well. The Polish premiere of the film “Unsane” (dir. Steven Soderbergh), which was previously presented during the General Contest at Berlinale Festival, opens the “Cinema by Night” cycle. In the Museum of Cinematography (MK) the screening of the masterpiece “Turkish Delight” (dir. Paul Verhoeven) at 7.30 p.m. will inaugurate the set of films from the section “The Stories of Cinema: Me”.
The guests are invited to come to the displays in our outdoor cinemas. Thanks to the co-operation with Polówka Festival, there will be a great opportunity to watch “Natural Born Killers” (dir. Oliver Stone) at 9 p.m in EC1 courtyard.
“Aurore” (dir. Blandine Lenoir) and “Sicario” (dir. Denis Villeneuve) will be presented in the Bed Cinema Vox, which is located next to Schiller’s Passage. These films are definitely worth re-watching, especially the latter, due to its upcoming sequel. “Sicario 2: Soldado” will be shown at this year’s Transatlantyk Festival.
The first of the free lectures, conducted by SWPS University, “(Im)possible, (In)dependence” will begin at 6 p.m. at the same place, Schiller’s Passage. Dr Mateusz Skrzeczkowski will be the lecturer.
The accredited journalists are invited to collect their press accreditations in Multikino Silver Screen (Piłsudskiego 5 Street), where the Festival’s Accreditation Centre is located. The accreditations’ reclaim is available in Festival’s Press Section, on the third floor in Multikino Silver Screen. The Press Section will be open everyday between 13th and 20th of July from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The press accreditation allows to enter all of the screenings in Multikino Silver Screen and in the Museum of Cinematography (Bed Cinema VOX excluded), including free entrance tickets.
Accreditations can be collected in Festival’s Accreditation Centre, located on the fourth floor in Multikino Silver Screen. One screening is permitted per hour block. When it comes to free entrance tickets, they will be available to collect on the previous day, from 10 a.m. The number of free tickets is limited.
The access to screening rooms will be possible only after presenting the free entrance ticket and accreditation. Collected tickets cannot be restored.