FNE at KVIFF 2014: Official Competition Revealed

    Corn Island by Georgian director George Ovashvili Corn Island by Georgian director George Ovashvili

    PRAGUE: Seven world premieres and five international premieres will be screened in the main competition of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF running 4-12 July 2014, with another 12 films screening in the East of the West competition of films from CEE.

    As in past editions, the main competition will have a heavy emphasis on films from the former Eastern Bloc, festival director Karel Och noted. Among the most anticipated films are Corn Island by Georgian director George Ovashvili, Free Fall by Hungarian auteur Gyorgy Palfi. Latvia is represented by Signe Baumane’s “funny film about depression” Rocks in My Pockets. Two Czech films made the cut: actor Miroslav Krobot’s directorial debut, the black comedy Nowhere in Moravia, and director/writer Andrea Sedlackova’s Fair Play based on the shame of doping in sports during the communist era.

    France, which traditionally has a strong presence at KVIFF, sends Patchwork Family by Pascal Rabate, winner of the best director award at the 2011 edition of the festival. Iceland, a frequent guest, is again on the competition list with Paris of the North by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson. The US is represented by Low Down directed by Jeff Preiss and starring Elle Fanning.

    The remained of the competition includes La Tirisia by Mexican director Jorge Pérez Solano, Russian director Angelina Nikonova’s New York set bitter comedy Welkome Home, I’m Yours by Belgian director David Lambert, and Kazakh filmmaker Nariman Turebayev’s Adventure.

    The East of the West competition of first and second films will open with Hungarian director Virag Zomboracz’s debut Afterlife, an unusual look at mourning. Hungary also holds a second competition slot with Gábor Reisz’s indie comedy For Some Inexplicable Reason.

    Slovenia, coming off a banner year, sends Sonja Prosenc’s debut film The Tree and Ivan Ikić’s Barbarians, a coproduction between Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia. The Polish entry is Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s Kebab & Horoscope. Estonia sends Cherry Tobacco by the directing team of Andres Maimik and Katrin Maimik. The Czech Republic is represented by Jitka Rudolfová’s Delight.

    The remaining films in the competition are Darko Lungulov’s Monument to Michael Jackson (Serbia, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia), Norway by Yiannis Veslemes (Greece), Bota by Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy), Asif Rustamov’s Down the River (Azerbaijan), and Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class (Russia, Germany).

    KVIFF Competition

    The following films are screening in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary, 4-12 July 2014:

    Adventure dir. Nariman Turebayev, Kazakhstan, France
    All Yours dir. David Lambert, Belgium, Canada
    Corn Island dir. George Ovashvili, Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, production Alamdary Films (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Axman Production
    Fair Play dir. Andrea Sedláčková, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Germany, production Negativ Film, Arina Film
    Free Fall dir. György Pálfi, Hungary, France, South Korea, production KMH Film Productions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    Low Down dir. Jeff Preiss, USA
    Nowhere in Moravia dir. Miroslav Krobot, Czech Republic, production Evolution Films
    Paris of the North dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland, France, Denmark
    Patchwork Family dir. Pascal Rabaté,France
    Rocks in My Pockets dir. Signe Baumane, USA, Latvia, production Rocks in my Pockets LLC, sales New Europe Film Sales
    La Tirisia dir. Jorge Pérez Solano, Mexico
    Welkome Home dir. Angelina Nikonova, Russia

    KVIFF East of the West Competition

    The following films will screen in the East of the West Competition:

    Bota Director: Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Albania, Italy
    The Tree Director: Sonja Prosenc, Slovenia. Production Mono O
    Kebab & Horoscope Director: Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Poland production MD4, sales New Europe Film Sales
    Cherry Tobacco Director: Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik, Estonia, production Kuukulgur Film
    Corrections Class Director: Ivan Tverdovsky, Russia, Germany
    Norway Director: Yiannis Veslemes, Greece
    Delight Director: Jitka Rudolfová, Czech Republic, production Cineart TV Prague
    Monument to Michael Jackson Director: Darko Lungulov, Serbia, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia, production Propeler Film
    Afterlife Director: Virág Zomborácz, Hungary, production KMH Film
    For Some Inexplicable Reason Director: Gábor Reisz, Hungary, production Proton Cinema
    Barbarians Director: Ivan Ikić, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, production restart