THE HORSE TAIL by Justyna Łuczaj "Goes to Cannes"
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24. 06. 2020. Department

The feature debut film THE HORSE TAIL by Justyna Łuczaj-Salej, produced by the INDEX Film Studio, has been included in the GOES TO CANNES program of the international film fair MARCHÉ DU FILM.

The Cannes Film Festival is the most important event for the entire industry. Not much has changed in these difficult times - we are still waiting for film revelations. The first step on their way may be the largest film market in Cannes, Marché du Film, which will take place online this year. Part of this fair is the Goes to Cannes program, to which the most important festivals have been invited, including the New Horizons International Film Festival
Each of them will present to the foreign industry selected films that do not yet have sales agents, distributors or a designated festival premiere. This year, five Polish film projects which are at various stages of production (works-in-progress) and will be presented in the New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes program.

"The Horse Tail" directed by Justyna Łuczaj-Salej is another film after "Tower. A bright day." by Jagoda Szelc, produced by INDEKS Film Studio, operating at the Lodz Film School. Like the "Tower", this film is also a debut and fits in with the idea of creating artistic, bold and auteur cinema.

"The Horse Tail" is a neo-noir story based on the myth of Oedipus. The main character May is a twenty-year-old orphan - outsider. Mythological Jokasta is a prostitute who, after years of absence, returns from Vienna to her hometown. Lajos is a local policeman, "king of order," who suspects May of raping his wife. The tense atmosphere thickens even more when May befriends the daughter of the policeman and the raped woman, ten-year-old Dagmara. Their relationship, based on exceptional sensitivity and opposition to the corrupt world of adults, is put to an extremely hard test.

Justyna Łuczaj-Salej is a dirctor, screenwriter and an artist. Małgorzata Szyłak is the film’s DOP (also worked as DOP on the films such as: "Dzikie róże", "Komunia").
The film's editor is Paweł Laskowski, who has worked with Wojciech Smarzowski on the films "Dom zły", "Drogówka", "Wołyń", "Kler", while the music was created by the award-winning composer and musician Mikołaj Trzaska

A closed screening of New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes exclusively for the accredited representatives of the international film industry (festival selectors, sales agents, distributors, producers, etc.) will take place online, on June, 22 at 12.00-14.00, during Marché du Film Online. 

Photos by Alicia Devaux