PRAGUE: Three CEE films representing seven CEE countries will have their world premieres in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary IFF, running 28 June – 6 July 2019. The main competition of 12 films includes 10 world premieres.
Slovenian director Damjan Kozole returns to Karlovy Vary after taking the Best Director award in 2016 for Nightlife. His new drama Half-Sister, a Slovenian/Macedonian/Serbian/Croatian coproduction, is described as being reminiscent of the Czechoslovak New Wave. The Father, a Bulgarian/Greek coproduction directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov is a small family drama dotted with comically absurd situations. Slovak director Marko Skop helms the Slovak/Czech drama Let There Be Light.
The East of the West competition of films from mainly first-time directors will open with the feature debut of Kosovo director Lendita Zequraj, Aga’s House. The selection includes films from Slovak, Czech, Estonian, Romanian and Serbian directors. The documentary competition will present the world premiere of Latvian director Laila Pakalnina’s Spoon.
The Father (Bulgaria)Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas Film
Patrick (Belgium)Directed by Tim Mielants
The Man from the Future (Chile, Argentina)Directed by Felipe Rios
La Belle Indifference (Turkey)Directed by Kivanc Sezer
Lara (Germany)Directed by Jan Ole Gerster
Mosaic Portrait (China)Directed by Yiziang Zhai
Monzun (UK)Directed by Hong Khaou
Let There Be Light (Slovakia, Czech Republic)Directed by Marko SkopProduced by Artileria ( Slovakia), Negativ (Czech Republic)Supported by Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech Film Fund, Slovak Radio and TV, Czech TV and Eurimages
Ode to Nothing (Phillippines)Directed by Dwein Baltazar
Half-Sister (Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia)Directed by Damjan KozoleProduced by Vertigo (Slovenia)Coproduced by RTV Slovenia, Sisters and Brother Mitevski (Macedonia), Baš Čelik (Serbia), Propeler film (Croatia)Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, Film Center Serbia, the Macedonian Film Agency, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Creative Europa MEDIA and Studio Viba Film
To the Stars (USA)Directed by Martha Stephens
The August Virgin (Spain)Directed by Jonas Trueba