Does anyone in the 21st century need cinema? Does this art form still maintain the key position it occupied several decades ago? Why are fi lms shot today and whom are they meant for? Such doubts are natural for any selector dri+ ing in the immense sea of the newest digital cinema. The program, which resulted from the work of the selectors, is an attempt to answer those questions. Eight fi lms have been included in the international competition. All of them are directorial debuts of authors whom one can hardly call beginners. Another fundamental question became the title of André Bazin’s scholarly work “What is Cinema?”. It is still topical today. Every director whose work we proudly present at the anniversary festival “Spirit of Fire” faced this question. They have all given diff erent answers. All of these fi lms have something in common: they were all born out of necessity to make movies. It is no accident that the main characters of the movies “In the Last Days of the City” and “Green White Green” are directors who set themselves a hard task of not merely depicting their own experience but of recreating the country on fi lm. In the family saga “The Last Family”, spanning almost 30 years of life in Poland, the camera is an intermediary and an accomplice of the protagonist, charmed by the self-suffi cient universe of one (un)happy family. The main theme of “Diamond Island” is the same painful connection to the past, which defi nes each of us. The exquisite road movie “Four Days in France” is also a cinematic universe, not a simple journey but an excursion into the hidden history of French cinema. And everywhere it is not the generalizations but the particulars that matter. And fi nally the Portuguese “Paul” and “Tetragrammaton” by Klim Kozinsky, the pupil of the leader of parallel cinema Boris Yukhananov, invite us to take a diff erent look at the program. “Paul” examines very peculiar and emotional relations between the viewer and the movie, between fi ction and reality. “Tetragrammaton” is a bold attempt to present a new language of modern cinema. 8 movies is a lot or not enough? Each one of them is extremely important to us. We thank their authors for having faith in cinema.