International Festival
of Independent Cinema

26.04 – 05.05.2024, Kraków

OFF z Mastercard

-20% z kartą Mastercard

Special Screenings

Mastercard OFF SPOTS

Black Sheep

You don’t have to go to California anymore to become a freak and live peacefully as a black sheep, as Lana Del Rey sings in one of her songs. The Sunshine State has been known as a Mecca for all kinds of misfits since at least the 1960s, but you just need to take a good look around to see that the contemporary cultural landscape is full of all kinds of freaks; in fact they’ve become favorite characters and protagonists of a variety of shows over the past dozen years or so. Not surprising, since after all a freak is associated with danger and mystery. He or she challenges – and often subverts – rigid social norms and conventional morality. But the road to emancipation for freaks is no primrose path. Otherness, after all, is almost always met with mistrust, misunderstanding and hostility from those who encounter it — at least at first.

In this year’s special section of Mastercard OFF CAMERA, we take a look at the challenges and adversities which characters with unconventional lifestyles that could be colloquially described as “bizarre” or “quirky” have to face. Challenges caused both by fate and by a hostile system. These are the people who stand out from the crowd in terms of their appearance, behavior, beliefs or chosen life path. Eventually otherness becomes a source of strength for them, despite difficult beginnings. And although the total liberation and celebration of the bizarre hasn’t been achieved yet, we hope that everyone will find their inner black sheep for a while, just like the protagonists of the films presented here.


Section partners are SEXEDPL and Vogue.

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Shashvi shashvi maq’vali

Dir.: Elene Naveriani

2023, 110 min.



Dir.: Stéphanie Di Giusto

2023, 115 min.

The Animal Kingdom


Dir.: Thomas Cailley

2023, 130 min.

The Dreamer


Dir.: Anaïs Tellenne

2023, 94 min.

The Summer with Carmen


Dir.: Zacharias Mavroeidi

2023, 106 min.

The Practice


Dir.: Martín Rejtman

2023, 95 min.

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