EFP selects ten film students and graduates for Karlovy Vary's Future Frames
- The selection includes two short films already awarded with a Student Academy Award in 2018
European Film Promotion has unveiled the line-up for the 2019 Future Frames - Generation NEXT of European Cinema programme, which highlights outstanding, emerging directing talents by presenting ten film students and graduates and their often award-winning work at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, whose 54th edition will take place from 28 June to 6 July. Thanks to the national film promotion institutes, who nominated their most interesting young talents, and the final selection undertaken by KVIFF's artistic director Karel Och and programme coordinator Anna Purkrabkova, the initiative has established itself as an important platform for discovering exciting new European directors.
The initiative will introduce the filmmakers and their films to the public, film industry and press during the four-day event which runs from 30 June to 3 July. The participants will take part in a master class and meetings with industry experts from various fields in order to build up their international network, receiving further support for their careers thanks to EFP's new cooperation with Festival Scope and the long-term partnership with the main media partner Variety and partners Cineuropa, Film New Europe and Fred Film Radio.
This year, two filmmakers from the selected ten have already been awarded with a Student Academy Award in 2018: Swedish director Jonatan Etzler received the Student Oscar in Gold for his refreshingly unpredictable thriller about teen angst, social media and fame, Get Ready with Me, while Hungarian filmmaker István Kovács received the Bronze award for his drama about war-torn Sarajevo, A Siege. Also garnering many awards is Precious by Irfan Avdić from Bosnia & Herzegovina, telling the story of teenager Alem, who is torn between a life of crime and taking care of his grandmother. Celebrating its world premiere at KVIFF is Playing by Czech filmmaker Lun Sevnik (born in Slovenia) whose protagonists – 16-year-old friends Boris and Hugo – set up a livestream video and announce that they will commit suicide in an hour's time. Siblings Leah (14) and Theo (10) – The Last Children of Paradise – live alone with their grandmother in a remote farmhouse. A sad incident turns the kids' life upside down in German director Anna Roller's drama. Signe Birkova from Latvia uses a futuristic set-up and experimental elements for her film He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš about an alien abduction and UFO experts. Eileen Byrne – born in Luxembourg – has studied Film in the UK and Luxembourg. With Touch Me, she explores the pressures a cancerous disease puts on a relationship. Slovak filmmaker Gregor Valentovič presents his graduation film Kid about keeping friendships even when life goes separate ways. Colombian-born Jorge Cadena studied film in Buenos Aires and Geneva and has presented all his films at festivals, including The Jarariju Sisters at the Berlin International Film Festival. Using recollections from his childhood, he uses a fictional story about two sisters to show the environmental devastation caused by a coal mine. Also taking on environmental issues is UK filmmaker Natalie Cubides-Brady in Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie, a hybrid documentary about the decommissioning of a nuclear plant in Scotland.
The list of selected short films and each supporting national film promotion institute:
Precious - Irfan Avdić (Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Playing - Lun Sevnik (Czech Film Center, Czech Republic)
The Last Children of Paradise - Anna Roller (German Films, Germany)
A Siege - István Kovács (Hungarian National Film Fund, Hungary)
He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš - Signe Birkova (National Film Centre of Latvia, Latvia)
Touch Me - Eileen Byrne (Film Fund Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Kid - Gregor Valentovič (Slovak Film Institute, Slovak Republic)
Get Ready with Me - Jonatan Etzler (Swedish Film Institute, Sweden)
The Jarariju Sisters - Jorge Cadena (Swiss Films, Switzerland)
Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie - Natalie Cubides-Brady (British Council, United Kingdom)
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