The selection of 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF includes a record number of twelve Czech and co-production films that will have their world premiere at the festival, nine out of them will be included in the competition sections.
COMPETITIONby Adam Sedlák, CZ, SK 2018 / 116 min / DEBUT
Roman is a top level cyclist recovering from an injury through hard work and strict regimen. To improve his performance, he even sleeps in an oxygen tent installed in his bedroom. That is a bitter pill to swallow for his wife, Šarlota, whose long-time wish is to conceive a child. And so they both brim with determination, get lost in their obsessions, and improve their bodies to a point where they might even frighten themselves. With each night they spend in the oxygen tent, their relationship changes. Will they be able to catch a breath again in this claustrophobic environment?
SCREENINGSTue 3 July 20:00 Grand HallWed 4 July 13:00 Pupp CinemaFri 6 July 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
“I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians”
COMPETITIONby Radu Jude, RO, CZ, FR, BG, DE 2018 / 140 min
military reenactment – Hannah Arendt – show – 1941, “the year that keeps returning”, as seen from 2018 – quotations – firearms – archive footage – the Odessa massacre – 16 mm and video – the Military Museum – negationism – videomapping – burlesque – dialogues – fanfare – Isaac Babel – fragmented narrative – Wenn die Soldaten durch die Stadt marschieren – trivialization by comparison – script by Marshal Antonescu – fire – directed by Radu Jude – featuring Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan – barracks jokes – ordinary people - nunca más! – the present past, the past present.
SCREENINGSMon 2 July 19:30 Grand HallTue 3 July 13:00 Pupp CinemaThu 5 July 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
COMPETITIONby Olmo Omerzu, CZ, SI, PL, SK 2018 / 85 min
The story begins at a police station with an interrogation of Mára, a teenager who is said to have stolen a car and driving it across the country. The boy will not reveal who he is, where he is from, or whether the car, registered on the other end of the country, has been stolen or just borrowed. The cops cannot believe that the boy could have possibly made such a long trip on his own. Gradually, Mára begins to tell a story full of fantastic details. The line between the truth, lies and manipulation is very thin.
SCREENINGSSun 1 July 20:00 Grand HallMon 2 July 13:00 Pupp CinemaWed 4 July 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
Bear with Us
EAST OF THE WEST - COMPETITIONby Tomáš Pavlíček, CZ 2018 / 77 min
Misty autumn. A man and his wife are about to sell their family cottage. The wife is not sure about the sale and thinks the family should at least spend one last night in the house. Her husband doesn't like that idea. While Grandma hates the cottage, Grandpa doesn't really take notice of reality anymore. Daughter lives in Germany with her German boyfriend and Son was recently left by his girlfriend. But Mother insists, so in the morning of the All Souls Day, the family departs for the cottage. The tensions within the family grow. When they wake up in the morning they find out Grandpa has disappeared. It is not clear whether there will be any sale taking place at all.
SCREENINGSThu 5 July 19:00 Pupp CinemaFri 6 July 15:30 Čas CinemaSat 7 July 19:30 Husovka Theatre
EAST OF THE WEST - COMPETITIONby Beata Parkaková, CZ, SK 2018 / 95 min / DEBUT
Family drama Moments is structured around the character of young warm-hearted woman Anežka, who is always there for her family, tries to help everybody and keep her promises. But she learns in the course of the story that one's selfsacrifice has to be limited and that sometimes she also needs to fulfil her own dreams and longings. Moments is a film about everyday life, primary emotions, family relations and desire for harmony that we all struggle with.
SCREENINGSMon 2 July 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreTue 3 July 16.30 Lazne III CinemaThu 5 July 13:30 Husovka Theatre
EAST OF THE WEST - COMPETITIONby Klara Kochańska, Kasper Bajon, PL, CZ, MK 2018 / 75 min / DEBUT
Piotr and Julia for months have been planning their holiday. Unfortunately their plans are ruined by Piotr's mother: she wants to bring home his father, who has been staying for months at one of the refugee camps on the Macedonian- Greek. Despite his strong doubts Piotr agrees to take the challenge. And so instead of an all-inclusive holiday, the married couple starts in a tiring journey to the South, during which they will have to answer some fundamental questions
SCREENINGSSat 30 June 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreSun 1 July 12:30 Čas CinemaTue 3 July 10:30 Husovka Theatre
DOCUMENTARY FILMS - COMPETITIONby Tomáš Bojar, CZ 2018 / 75 min
One day, two newsrooms, one event that has grabbed the headlines. Tonight, the Czech president is expected to make it clear whether he is going to run for the office again, announcing his decision to a group of his sympathizers and supporters. Journalists will only be notified about the president’s decision the next day. This obviously piques their interest and they want to get the information tonight. The newsrooms in the Czech Television and Hospodářské noviny daily have been closely monitoring the event since early this morning. This gives us the opportunity to get a close look at two different teams of reporters and editors as they put together their “breaking news”. The resulting film offers a very fresh and authentic inside look into the practices of journalists working for the traditional media, within the context of our hectic times characterised by information overload.
SCREENINGSMon 2 July 15:30 Small HallTue 3 July 17.00 Dramomíra CinemaThu 5 July 9.00 Cinema B
DOCUMENTARY FILMS - COMPETITIONby Jana Andert, CZ 2018 / 72 min / DEBUT
Czech documentarist Jana Andert left for Iraq in autumn 2016. For eight months she lived and shot there at the front line of the battle of Mosul with Golden Division, an elite Iraq Army squad. She got into the situation at her own expenses without support of any the big TV stations she usually works for. Thanks to that she could be completly independent and not to respect any security meassures usually imposed by those stations. She just wanted be at the front line.
SCREENINGSWed 4 July 18:30 Small HallThu 5 July 14:30 Drahomíra CinemaSat 7 July 11:30 Cinema B
DOCUMENATRY FILMS - COMPETITIONby Vitaly Mansky, LV, CZ, CH 2018 / 102 min
The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation “Successor”, as a result of which Russia ended up with the President who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.
SCREENINGSSat 30 June 18:30 Small HallSun 1 July 14:00 Drahomíra CinemaTue 3 July 11:30 Cinema B
Czech films in the other sections
More than 20 other Czech films and minority co-productions will be screened at various non-competitive sections of the festival including internationally acclaimed titles such as Insect by Jan Švankmajer, Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie or Fugue by Agnieszka Smoczynska. The full list is available here.
Moreover, satyrical sci-fi comedy Trash on Mars by Benjamin Tuček will be premiered out of competition and two new Czech documentaries King Skate and Circus Rwanda will be premiered among Special Events.
Czech projects at Eastern Promises Industry Days
The Ugly Mandarine -> Works in Developement - Feature Launch Czech Republicdirected by Piaoyu Xie, produced by Veronika Kührová (Analog Vision)
Leakage -> Works in ProgressIran, Czech Republicdirected by Suzan Iravanian, produced by Majid Barzegar (Rainy Pictures), Kaveh Farnam (Europe Media Nest)
Let There Be Light -> Works in ProgressSlovak Republic, Czech Republicdirected by Marko Škop, produced by Marko Škop (Artileria), Petr Oukropec (Negativ)
Blue Box -> Eurimages Lab Project Award Czech Republic, USA, Poland, Hong Kongdirected by Petr Šprincl, produced by Marek Novák (Xova Film)
Czech Film Center @ KVIFF