PRAGUE: Ten debut and sophomore films are competing in the New Europe competition of the 25th Prague International Film Festival,, set to start on 15 March 2018.
A jury of 33 film fans, headed by singer Marta Kubišová, will select the winner of the festival’s Grand Prix for a film in the New Europe section.
More than 170 films will screen in the 15 sections of the festival. Sally Potter’s The Party is the opening film and the US movie Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, will close the festival.
Catherine Deneuve will receive the Kristián lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony on 22 March 2018. Special guests include Leo Carax and Arnaud Desplechin.
The Amnesty International Febiofest Award will be accompanied by a petition for the release of Tibetan teacher Tashi Wangchuk, who is facing 15 years in prison for advocating for the teaching of Tibetan in Tibetan schools.
NEW EUROPE COMPETITION:
2557 (Germany)Directed by Roderick Warich
3/4 (Bulgaria, Germany) Directed by Ilian Metev Produced by Chaconna Films Coproduced by Sutor Kolonko Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, ZDF/ARTE, ZDF-Kleines Fernsehspiel, Film und Medienstiftung NRW and MEDIA Creative Europe
Cargo (Belgium, France, Netherlands)Directed by Gilles Coulier
Closeness / Tesnota (Russia)Directed by Kantemir Balagov
Custody / Jusqu'à la garde (France)Directed by Xavier Legrand
The Charmer / Charmøren (Denmark)Directed by Milad Alami
Kissing Candice (Irland)Directed by Aoife McArdle
The Rules for Everything (Norway)Directed by Kim Hiorthøy
The Heart / Hjärtat (Sweden)Directed by Fanni Metelius
Winter Brothers / Vinterbrødre (Denmark, Iceland)Directed by Hlynur Pálmason