FESTIVALS: 25th Febiofest Czech Republic Ready to Kick Off

Three Quarters by Ilian Metev Three Quarters by Ilian Metev

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.


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