European films dominate the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival competition. Of the 14 films selected, 12 are European films or co-productions. The Czech Republic and France are represented by two films each, while the only non-European films come from the U.S. and China.
The six world premieres come from Croatia (Behind the Glass), Belgium/France (Distant Tremors), Germany (Dr, Aleman), Czech Republic (Night Owls), China (The Shaft), and Denmark (Terribly Happy).
Central and Eastern Europe contribute the Czech/Polish co-production Karamazovs, the Russian/Bulgarian co-production Captive, and the Hungarian/Swedish/Irish film The Investigator. Indonesia, co-producing with France, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden, makes a rare competition appearance with The Photograph. The remaining European films come from France (True Enough), Spain (Pretexts), and Italy (The Early Bird Catches the Worm). Completing the competition line up are The Guitar from the USA and The Shaft from China.
The festival opens on July 4 and runs through July 12.
The complete list of competition films follows. For more information on the Karlovy Vary film festival, go to the FNE Festivals section.
Behind the Glass | Iza stakla Director: Zrinko Ogresta Croatia, 2008, 80 min, WP
Captive | Plennyj Director: Alexey Uchitel Russia, Bulgaria, 2008, 80 min, IP
Distant Tremors | Les tremblements lointains Director: Manuel Poutte Belgium, France, 2008, 100 min, WP
Dr. Aleman | Dr. Aleman Director: Tom Schreiber Germany, 2008, 106 min, WP
The Early Bird Catches the Worm | Il mattino ha l'oro in bocca Director: Francesco Patierno Italy, 2008, 105 min, IP
The Guitar | The Guitar Director: Amy Redford USA, 2007, 92 min, IP
The Investigator | A nyomozó Director: Attila Gigor Hungary, Sweden, Ireland, 2008, 107 min, IP
The Karamazovs | Karamazovi Director: Petr Zelenka Czech Republic, Poland, 2008, 100 min, IP
Night Owls | Děti noci Director: Michaela Pavlátová Czech Republic, 2008, 80 min, WP
The Photograph | The Photograph Director: Nan T. Achnas Indonesia, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, 2007, 94 min, EP
Pretexts | Pretextos Director: Silvia Munt Spain, 2007, 90 min, IP
The Shaft | Dixia de Tiankong Director: Zhang Chi China, 2008, 98 min, WP
Terribly Happy | Frygtelig Lykkelig Director: Henrik Ruben Genz Denmark, 2008, 105 min, WP
True Enough | La vérité ou presque Director: Sam Karmann France, 2007, 95 min, IP