EFP presents the ten films that will make up Future Frames 2018
by Laurence Boyce
- Now in its fourth year, European Film Promotion's initiative is set to bring more fresh talent to Karlovy Vary
Filmmakers from film schools across Europe will once again be showcased at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, as European Film Promotion’s Future Frames will bring ten directors and their movies to the Czech Republic for four days of screenings, master classes and meetings with industry experts. The European Film Promotion (EFP) initiative is supported by Creative Europe and EFP’s various member organisations.
Many of the titles already come with an impressive pedigree on the circuit. Lora Mure-Ravaud's short film Blackjack [Valet Noir] (Switzerland), a multi-layered story about mutual attraction and love, won the Award for Best Swiss Short Film at the 2017 Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, while Where the Summer Goes (Chapters On Youth) (directed by Portugal’s David Pinheiro Vicente), an almost dreamlike affair about a long, hot summer, premiered in competition at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. 1981 (Dawid Ullgren, Sweden), about a gay couple who visit a sauna hoping to add a certain spark to their relationship, was screened at this year’s Göteborg Film Festival. Clean (Neven Samardzic, Bosnia and Herzegovina), about a woman’s attempt to free herself from drug addiction, won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film of 2017, while The Legionnaire (Hleb Papou, Italy), a powerful study of morality and duty, first screened in the 2017 Venice Critics’ Week. Sweet Home Czyżewo (Jakub Radej, Poland) has already won an award at Gdynia, Poland’s renowned national film festival.
The other movies include two that deal with turning points in life: Regained Memory (Stijn Bouma, Sarajevo), a compelling examination of a widower dealing with loss, and Marcia (Judita Gamulin, Croatia), which follows a woman who decides to have a small moment of rebellion. A Warm Comedy About Depression, Madness and Unfulfilled Dreams (Michal Ďuriš, Slovak Republic) sees Ďuriš, a Slovakian actor and director, reflect on his life. From Georgia comes Dialect (David Gurgulia), a film that follows someone trying to speak the language of God.
The final selection, made from among the 27 entries that were received this year, was undertaken by European Film Promotion, KVIFF's artistic director, Karel Och, and programme coordinator Anna Purkrabkova.
Previous editions of Future Frames have seen the participants mentored by a number of film-industry luminaries, including Felix Van Groeningen, director of the Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
film profile], and Denis Côté, a fixture at the likes of Berlin, Venice and Locarno over the past few years.
While only in its fourth year, many alumni from Future Frames are beginning to make a mark on the industry. Patrick Vollrath, who took part in the inaugural Future Frames with the Student Academy Award-winning Everything Will Be OK, is currently finishing the feature-length hijack drama 7500, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role, while Klara Kochanska, who took part in Future Frames in 2016, will present her feature debut, Via Carpatia, in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West competition. She said: “When I joined Future Frames in 2016 with my graduation film, The Tenants, I still only felt like a student. But Future Frames made me realise that I can also be a part of the filmmaking community and maybe also a part of the industry. So that feeling gave me the strength to fight and stand up for the next project. Because, to be honest, despite the big international success of The Tenants, it was still very hard to make our debut feature-length film."
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