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For many years Special Screenings have been organized at Camerimage. This section presents the most interesting out-of-competition productions from all over the world and is always one of the most attractive at the Festival. 

Barney's Version

Barney Panofsky is not a particularly nice guy, unless you give him something to drink and a good cigar to smoke, though it is entirely possible that it will make him even more unpleasant. Barney has not achieved anything memorable in his life. He did not enjoy success as a TV producer because of his lack of talent and good taste. He could not make any of his three wives stay with him, although they all loved him for some reason at one point or another. Because of his behaviour, he did not make many friends, and his best pal was a drug addict who died in mysterious circumstances. One could even say that the protagonist of Barney’s Versionis a kind of loser who has tried his whole life to make something worth being excited about, but has always been his greatest enemy in doing so. The film is narrated by the old Barney, who reminisces about his life, and because the guy clearly has a talent for telling stories about his own failures, it is difficult not to empathise with the character in them.
Polish title: Świat według Barneya
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Cinematographer: Guy Dufaux
Produced by: The Harold Greenberg Fund, Serendipity Point Films, Optix Digital Pictures
Polish distributor: SPI International Poland Sp. z o. o.
Canada, Italy, 2010

Café Society

New York, the 1930s. Bobby is a young and naive dreamer who imagines his life as something more than just a series of predictable years in the Bronx, devoid of any excitement. He therefore follows his heart and goes to the only place in America in which dreams supposedly do come true every single day – Hollywood. However, Bobby has the advantage of having an uncle who is an agent for the biggest stars, so he soon begins to swiftly climb the film industry’s ladder. At the same time he falls in love with a girl, beautiful yet already disillusioned with Hollywood’s glamour, who makes him see things in a new light. However, before Bobby understands who he really is and how he would actually like his life to be, he will experience firsthand that not all dreams should be fulfilled and that, indeed, all is fair in love. Café Society is a bittersweet tale of becoming an adult in a world full of illusions, and of the illusions of becoming an adult.
Polish title: Śmietanka towarzyska
Director: Woody Allen
Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro
Produced by: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Lionsgate, FilmNation Entertainment
Polish distributor: KINO ŚWIAT Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2016

Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon is a true story of the events leading to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the subsequent oil spill (the largest in the history of the United States) in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. However, rather than narrating the effects of the ecological disaster, the film focuses on the rig workers who were forced to fight for their survival in a trap of extreme proportions, surrounded by millions of tons of water, all while struggling with mud, fire, and oil. The external conditions make it impossible for the rescue team to get there on time. The survivors, over a hundred people led by Mike Williams, make a desperate attempt to escape from the red-hot prison and return safely to their families. But the situation is getting worse by the minute. A riveting disaster movie that begins by bringing the audience closer to the oil rig workers, depicting the hardships of their everyday lives, only to throw them into the middle of a fiery hell.
Polish title: Żywioł. Deepwater Horizon
Director: Peter Berg
Cinematographer: Enrique Chediak
Produced by: Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Summit Entertainment LLC, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, TIK Film
Polish distributor: Monolith Films Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2016

Killing Jesus

The film adaptation of a book by Bill O’Reilly, the popular journalist and television host professionally known for his work on Fox News. It tells the story of the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ by focusing on the cultural clashes and the difficult political relations between the Roman authorities and Jewish patriarchs. The film makes a conscious effort to concentrate on the social and historical background of the familiar tale, as well as on depicting Jesus more as a human preacher bringing the message of love and forgiveness in times in which there was too little of them. The result is that Christ’s image differs from the one shown in the most notable religious film productions. Regardless of what the viewer’s faith is – whether you are deeply religious, a hard-core atheist, or you would like to believe but cannot find a reason to – Killing Jesus is one of those films which will always provoke a debate.
Polish title: Zabić Jezusa
Director: Chris Menaul
Cinematographer: Ousama Rami
Produced by: Scott Free Productions, Dune Films
Polish distributor: FOX International Channels Poland Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2015

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