Once a year, Bydgoszcz (Poland’s 8th-largest city) receives a massive influx of filmmakers and camera folk who proceed to GORGE THEMSELVES on Zywiec, dumplings and beautifully-shot movies. The festival does not have a ‘best film’ category: only Best Cinematography.
I don’t recall who won this year (Google it) but my single favourite film was Hans Petter Moland’s Aberdeen. It actually came out in 2000, but was screened again this year as part of the Norwegian Cinema strand. It’s an extremely touching black comedy about a father and daughter on a road trip from Norway to Scotland, anchored around a convincing, humane depiction of an unreliable alcoholic. The cinematography was entirely subservient to the story and it offered an outsider’s perspective on the UK, which is always fascinating.
Also had time to travel to Toruń for the David Cronenberg exhibition.