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KARLOVY VARY 2019

Karlovy Vary unveils the competition titles for its upcoming edition

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- A range of familiar faces are set to return to the main competition, East of the West and the documentary competition

Karlovy Vary unveils the competition titles for its upcoming edition
Lara by Jan Ole Gerster

The upcoming edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (28 June-6 July) will see an array of familiar faces vie for the Crystal Globe in the main competition. Award-winning Bulgarian duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov will be bringing their latest film, The Father, a small-scale family drama brimming with their signature absurd humour, to the Czech Republic’s oldest film festival. Turkish director Kivanc Sezer is returning with La Belle Indifference, a drama with moments of absurd comedy, as is German director Jan Ole Gerster, with a follow-up project to his critically acclaimed Oh Boy [+see also:
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, the psychological study Lara, starring German acting legend Corinna Harfouch. Slovak director Marko Škop will also be competing for the main prize, as he will unveil his latest film, Let There Be Light [+see also:
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, a family drama addressing the pressing social issues of xenophobia and extremism, at Karlovy Vary. Damjan Kozole also has a world premiere on Czech turf on the cards, as he will be revealing Half-Sister, “a precise study of alienation” complete with black humour.

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The debut feature Aga’s House by Kosovar director Lendita Zeqiraj will open the East of the West competition, which will also welcome the Slovakian film Silent Days, a fusion of fiction and documentary directed by Pavol Pekarčík, and the latest film by Estonian director Martti Helde (In the Crosswind [+see also:
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interview: Martti Helde
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), Scandinavian Silence [+see also:
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. This minimalistic study revolves around a difficult relationship between siblings and presents three versions of the same story, asking whether “time can heal the wounds of the past”. Czech filmmaker Michal Hogenauer will unveil his feature-length debut, A Certain Kind of Silence, as a world premiere. Greek helmer Vardis Marinakis will also world-premiere his latest film, Zizotek [+see also:
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, “a touching tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy that will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere”.

The Czech Republic will also be represented in the documentary competition, by Martin Mareček’s documentary road movie Over the Hills. He will be joined by seasoned Latvian documentarian Laila Pakalnina and her wordless film Spoon. “An almost tangible cinematic fabric that weaves a tale of an abandoned place” is how The Last Autumn is described; the Icelandic doc by Yrsa Roca Fannberg has been added to the selection of documentary films along with Ksenia Okhapkina’s Immortal, a film investigating how the mechanisms of political power influence the lives of a country’s inhabitants. 

More Czech films will be screened out of competition in the official selection, such as Ondřej Provazník and Martin Dušek’s fiction feature debut Old-Timers, about two ageing former political prisoners who set out to kill a communist prosecutor, and a biographical documentary straight out of Cannes, Forman vs. Forman [+see also:
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 by Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna. Czech documentary veteran Olga Sommerová will present the portrait of a leading figure in Czech culture, Jiří Suchý – Tackling Life with Ease, as a world premiere. US-based Czech filmmaker Martin Krejčí will unveil his feature-length debut, the coming-of-age story The True Adventures of Wolfboy, starring John Turturro. Finally, the festival will screen the first two episodes of HBO’s latest European spy drama, The Sleepers, as an exclusive pre-premiere. The series is directed by Ivan Zachariáš, who previously co-helmed another local HBO production, Wasteland.

The 54th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will run from 28 June-6 July 2019.

Here is the full list of competition titles:

Competition

The Father – Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)
Patrick – Tim Mielants (Belgium)
The Man from the Future – Felipe Ríos (Chile/Argentina)
La Belle Indifference – Kivanc Sezer (Turkey)
Lara – Jan Ole Gerster (Germany)
Mosaic Portrait – Yixiang Zhai (China)
Monsoon – Hong Khaou (UK)
Let There Be Light [+see also:
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 – Marko Škop (Slovakia/Czech Republic)
Ode to Nothing – Dwein Baltazar (Philippines)
Half-Sister – Damjan Kozole (Slovenia/Macedonia/Serbia/Croatia)
To the Stars – Martha Stephens (USA)
The August Virgin – Jonás Trueba (Spain)

East of the West Competition

Last Visit – Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan (Saudi Arabia)
Arrest [+see also:
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 – Andrei Cohn (Romania)
The Bull – Boris Akopov (Russia)
Passed by Censor – Serhat Karaaslan (Turkey/Germany/France)
Silent Days – Pavol Pekarčík (Slovakia/Czech Republic)
Mamonga – Stefan Malešević (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Montenegro)
My Thoughts Are Silent – Antonio Lukich (Ukraine)
Nova Lituania – Karolis Kaupinis (Lithuania)
Aga’s House – Lendita Zeqiraj (Kosovo/Croatia/France/Albania)
Scandinavian Silence [+see also:
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film profile
]
 – Martti Helde (Estonia/France/Belgium)
A Certain Kind of Silence – Michal Hogenauer (Czech Republic/Netherlands/Latvia)
Zizotek [+see also:
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film profile
]
 – Vardis Marinakis (Greece)

Documentary Competition

17 Blocks – Davy Rothbart (USA)
Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller (USA)
The Fading Village – Liu Feifang (China)
Over the Hills – Martin Mareček (Czech Republic)
Up to Down – Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti (Italy)
In the Arms of Morpheus – Marc Schmidt (Netherlands)
Spoon – Laila Pakalnina (Latvia/Norway/Lithuania)
Confucian Dream – Mijie Li (China)
Projectionist – Yuriy Shylov (Ukraine/Poland)
The Last Autumn – Yrsa Roca Fannberg (Iceland)
Immortal – Ksenia Okhapkina (Estonia/Latvia) 

Official Selection – Out of Competition

Mystify: Michael Hutchence – Richard Lowenstein (Australia)
Old-Timers – Martin Dušek, Ondřej Provazník (Czech Republic)
The True Adventures of Wolfboy – Martin Krejčí (USA)
The Sleepers – Ivan Zachariáš (Czech Republic)
Forman vs. Forman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna (Czech Republic/France)
Jiří Suchý – Tackling Life with Ease – Olga Sommerová (Czech Republic)
The Downfall of the Secluded Berhof – Jiří Svoboda (Czechoslovakia/Poland) (1983)

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