The total amount of 7 Czech feature films and co-productions will premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019 – four films have been selected for competitions, including Slovak-Czech Let There Be Light which will compete for the Crystal Globe.
Let There Be Light | Nech je svetlo
Official Selection – Competitionby Marko ŠkopSK, CZ 2019 / 93 min
Milan (40) has three children and does construction work in Germany in order to provide for his family in Slovakia. While visiting his home over Christmas he discovers that his eldest son Adam is a member of a para-military youth group. The boy is involved in bullying and the death of a class-mate. The father has to decide what to do. In this process, along with his wife, he comes to discover the real truth about their son, their family, themselves and the community around them.
SCREENINGS30.6.2019 10:30 - Congress Hall / 30.6.2019 20:00 - Grand Hall / 1.7.2019 13:00 - Pupp / 3.7.2019 11:30 - Drahomíra Cinema
East of the West - Competitionby Michal HogenauerCZ, NL, LV 2019 / 96 min
Czech young au pair Mia starts work abroad for a well-off family in a lavish villa. Mia must look after their ten years old son and follows many strange rules of the household. She slowly begins to gradually and systematically disappear and abandon her morality and her relationships with child entrusted as a result of manipulation by a radical family community. Mia is suddenly able to expresses her love by violent tools.
SCREENINGS2.7.2019 20:30 - Cinema A / 3.7.2019 18:30 - Karlovy Vary Theatre / 4.7.2019 16:30 - Lázně III / 5.7.2019 18:00 - Cinema A / 6.7.2019 13:30 - Husovka Theatre
East of the West – Competitionby Pavol PekarčíkSK, CZ 2019 / 81 min
Four stories about hearing-impaired children from Roma settlements who inhabit an environment they cannot completely understand and dream their own world. Sandra, who loves football and Ronaldinho; Marian, who wants to become a train conductor and idolises JC Van Damme; Alena and Rene, who fear that they’ll have a deaf child; and siblings Roman, Kristian and Karmen, who dream about having a proper toilet and living room.
SCREENINGS30.6.2019 20:30 - Cinema A / 1.7.2019 18:30 - Karlovy Vary Theatre / 2.7.2019 16:30 - Lázně III / 4.7.2019 13:30 - Husovka Theatre / 5.7.2019 13:00 - Cinema A
Documentary Films – Competitionby Martin MarečekCZ 2019 / 78 min
A great distance. Two thousand eight hundred fifty-two kilometers between Brno and Diveyevo, between the East and the West, between father and son. Far away, so close. At the end of summer holiday Vít and his son Grisha set off for a long journey to Russia. As soon as they get in the car, son puts his headset on and father immerses himself into memories. Still the two cannot escape one another. But there is one thing that can bring them close once again – a joint search. But what are they actually searching for?
SCREENINGS1.7.2019 13:30 - Cinema C / 2.7.2019 15:30 - Small Hall / 3.7.2019 14:00 - Drahomira Cinema / 5.7.2019 11:30 - Cinema B / 6.7.2019 11:00 - Cinema C
Official Selection - Out of Competitionby Martin Dušek, Ondřej ProvazníkCZ, SK 2019 / 85 min
"Nobody fucks with the truth" says Vlastimil Reiner, retired and immobile 90-year-old army colonel, as his friend Tonda helps him with his personal hygiene. The two men are about to embark on the last mission of their lives: to find and kill the former communist prosecutor who used to send the elite of the nation to their deaths. His crimes remain unpunished, denied and forgotten. Now the two former resistance fighters who used to battle a totalitarian society must battle their old age, their loved ones, and an era they no longer understand.
SCREENINGS30.6.2019 16:00 - Karlovy Vary Theatre / 1.7.2019 10:30 - Cinema A / 1.7.2019 19:00 - Congress Hall / 4.7.2019 19:00 - Národní dům / 5.7.2019 20:00 - Cinema B
Future Frames - Generation NEXT of European Cinemaby Lun SevnikCZ 2019 / 22 min
Boris and Hugo, 16-year-old friends, arrive at Hugo’s parents’ apartment. They have bought a gun. They set up a livestream video on the internet and announce that in one hour they will commit suicide. While Boris is sure about the decision, Hugo still has his doubts. In the final moments of their lives, sadism, homoeroticism, and destructive desire are released.
SCREENINGS2.7.2019 16:00 - Congress Hall / 6.7.2019 19:30 - Lázně III
Forman vs. Forman | Forman vs. Forman
by Helena Třeštíková, Jakub HejnaCZ, FR 2019 / 78 min
Miloš Forman the artist. Miloš Forman the man. A filmmaker decorated with Oscars for Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. At the same time a charismatic adventurer with the courage to question himself. The Forman vs. Forman documentary summarizes the life of the most famous Czech film director whose protagonists have always fought against institutions for freedom. The film is a collage of rare archive footage and autobiographic memories narrated by the director's son Petr Forman.
SCREENINGS30.6.2019 17:30 - Cinema A / 1.7.2019 11:30 - Grand Hall / 2.7.2019 13:00 - Národní dům / 5.7.2019 22:00 - Pupp / 6.7.2019 13:30 - Lázně III
Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease | Jiří Suchý - Lehce s životem se prát
Special Eventsby Olga SommerováCZ, SK 2019 / 106 min
Jiří Suchý has influenced several generations during his sixty creative years. He is considered to be a great Czech poet who enriched the cultural richness of this country - Czech language, with unprecedented song lyrics and theatrical texts. Within sixty years, he introduced 97 plays in Semafor Theatre, wrote 1 400 song lyrics and composed music to 500 songs. This documentary is about life path of a man, who dedicated his talent to theatrical and musical creation and beside that, he lived his personal and civic life while struggling with regime’s disfavor and his personal fate.
SCREENINGS3.7.2019 18:00 - Cinema C / 4.7.2019 18:30 - Karlovy Vary Theatre / 5.7.2019 13:00 - Národní dům / 6.7.2019 22:30 - Cinema B
The Sleepers | Bez vědomí
Special Eventsby Ivan ZachariášCZ 2019 / 120 minProfessional violinist Marie (Táňa Pauhofová) once escaped to England from communist Czechoslovakia under difficult circumstances, when her husband Viktor (Martin Myšička) faced possible imprisonment. But things are different now, it’s 1989 and winds of change are blowing across Europe. Marie convinces Viktor to visit Prague, but it soon becomes clear that this was a tragic mistake. Marie wakes up in a Prague hospital, Viktor’s disappeared. Is he still alive? Come what may, she must find him. In a state that still clearly considers Viktor an enemy, and in a country that she no longer understands and that doesn’t understand her, Marie faces the biggest challenge of her life. She has no idea that she's not the only one searching for Viktor - there's the communist Secret Service, the British Embassy, and someone else. Someone, whose name remains unspoken.
SCREENINGS1.7.2019 22:30 - Grand Hall / 5.7.2019 19:00 - Pupp
Czech Films 2018-2019In this section, festival gives floor to Czech films from the past year.Another Chance (Začít znovu); Apart (Spolu sami); Bloody Fairy Tales (Krvavé pohádky); Daughter (Dcera); Fruits of Clouds (Plody mraků); Golden Sting (Zlatý podraz); Happy End (Happy End); Hide N Seek (Schovka); Jan Palach (Jan Palach); Karel, Me and You (Karel, já a ty); Miss Hanoi (Miss Hanoi); Off Sides (Letní hokej); On the Roof (Na střeše); The Cage (Klec); The Fishermen (Rybáři); The Kite (Pouštět draka); Woman's Day (Den žen)
LiberatedKarlovy Vary IFF commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with a selection of 7 movies shot in 1989-1992.It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill (Lepšie byť bohatý a zdravý ako chudobný a chorý); Let's All Sing Around (Pějme píseň dohola); Requiem for a Maiden (Requiem pro panenku);Smoke (Kouř); The Flames of Royal Love (V žáru královské lásky); The Inheritance (Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntág); Time of the Servants (Čas sluhů)
Czech films will be also presented in Prague Short Film Festival Presents or People Next Door sections. The full news about Czech participation at Karlovy Vary IFF 2019 HERE.