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Adventure / Priklyuchenie

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Adventure

Directed by: Nariman Turebayev

Kazakhstan, France, 2014, 78 min


317 - July 6, 2014, 20:00, Grand Hall

4P3 - July 7, 2014, 13:00, Pupp

6K2 - July 9, 2014, 11:30, Drahomira Cinema


This loose adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights is, in its sobriety, reminiscent more of Bresson’s Four Nights of a Dreamer than of Luchino Visconti’s film treating the same story. The contemporary tale of lonely Marat’s fascination for the complex Mariyam was shot on the streets of Almaty, while its melancholic ambience is enhanced by subtle artistic and acoustic details.


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All Yours / Je suis à toi

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All Yours

Directed by: David Lambert

Belgium, Canada, 2014, 102 min


217 - July 5, 2014, 20:00, Grand Hall

3P4 - July 6, 2014, 15:00, Pupp

5K2 - July 8, 2014, 11:30, Drahomira Cinema


Lucas arrives in Belgium to visit local bakery owner Henry, who has fallen in love with him via the internet. Their ideas about living together, however, differ greatly. Employing lightness and humor, the talented director explores our human core, our wishes and longings. The visual and musical elements round out the picture’s compelling atmosphere and are among the unmistakable aspects of this interesting filmmaker’s style.


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Corn Island / Simindis kundzuli

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Corn Island

Directed by: George Ovashvili

Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, 2014, 100 min


617 - July 9, 2014, 20:00, Grand Hall

7P3 - July 10, 2014, 13:00, Pupp

9K2 - July 12, 2014, 11:30, Drahomira Cinema


Told through captivating imagery and visuals this long-awaited movie from a renowned Georgian filmmaker is an unusual psychological drama that demonstrates just how unnecessary dialogue can be for creating maximum audience effect. An old peasant and his innocent 16-year-old granddaughter sow corn on an island in the middle of the Inguri River dividing Georgia from Abkhazia. The intense bond between nature and the two individuals is disturbed, however, by the arrival of the border police.


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Fair Play / Fair Play

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Fair Play

Directed by: Andrea Sedláčková

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Germany, 2014, 100 min


615 - July 9, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall

7P2 - July 10, 2014, 10:00, Pupp

9K1 - July 12, 2014, 9:00, Drahomira Cinema


Teenage Anna’s background may be altogether unsuitable for the communist regime, but her talent as a sprinter will help her into the state-run doping program regardless – and from there it’s on to the Olympics. Strange performance-enhancing drugs, however, are but one of the dilemmas heroes had to face in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.


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Free Fall / Szabadesés

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Free Fall

Directed by: György Pálfi

Hungary, France, South Korea, 2014, 89 min


717 - July 10, 2014, 20:00, Grand Hall

8P3 - July 11, 2014, 13:00, Pupp

9K4 - July 12, 2014, 17:00, Drahomira Cinema


An old woman flies past six floors after jumping from the roof of her apartment block. Six stories on the poor state of humanity, told with humour and rare imagination to the accompaniment of a pulsating soundtrack from Amon Tobin. A woeful burlesque set in the present by one of Europe’s most original contemporary filmmakers.


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Low Down / Low Down

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Low Down

Directed by: Jeff Preiss

USA, 2014, 114 min


215 - July 5, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall

3P1 - July 6, 2014, 9:00, Pupp

5K1 - July 8, 2014, 9:00, Drahomira Cinema


Beyond jazz and heroin, the only constant in the life of famed pianist Joe Albany was his daughter Amy-Jo, through whose dreamy and innocent perspective we observe her kindhearted father’s personal and professional highs and lows, as well as the bizarrely captivating environment of carefree LA bohemians circa the 1970s. Starring the incomparable John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, and Glenn Close.


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Nowhere in Moravia / Díra u Hanušovic

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Nowhere in Moravia

Directed by: Miroslav Krobot

Czech Republic, 2014, 102 min


517 - July 8, 2014, 20:00, Grand Hall

6P3 - July 9, 2014, 13:00, Pupp

8K2 - July 11, 2014, 11:30, Drahomira Cinema


When not serving regulars at a pub in the middle of a sleepy northern Moravian village, thirtysomething Maruna spends time with hesitant Jura and naïve outsider Olin – or fighting with her imperious mother. Lightened with a touch of black humor, this laconic village drama is the directorial debut of the artistic director of Prague’s Dejvice Theater who gave the members of his ensemble a one-of-a-kind acting opportunity in film.


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Paris of the North / París norðursins

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Paris of the North

Directed by: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Iceland, France, Denmark, 2014, 95 min


515 - July 8, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall

6P2 - July 9, 2014, 10:00, Pupp

8K1 - July 11, 2014, 9:00, Drahomira Cinema


Told without emphasizing the dramatic conflict, the film relates the tale of a recovering alcoholic, his largely estranged father, and their incompatible cohabitation. The filmmakers were more interested in introducing a melancholy mood, which was generated, beyond the dialogue, by the story’s excellent cinematographic and musical components. A new offering from the director of the respected film Either Way.


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Patchwork Family / Du goudron et des plumes

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Patchwork Family

Directed by: Pascal Rabaté

France, Germany, 2014, 92 min


315 - July 6, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall

4P2 - July 7, 2014, 10:00, Pupp

6K1 - July 9, 2014, 9:00, Drahomira Cinema


The film’s original French title (Tar and Feathers) refers to a public punishment used in the Middle Ages and beyond: here protagonist Christian is figuratively punished for the swindles he perpetrated against his fellow citizens. An ironic morality tale that unfolds in a sleepy country town, whose rituals Pascal Rabaté captures just as faithfully as in his prior Holidays by the Sea (Best Director at KVIFF 2011).


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Rocks in My Pockets / Rocks in My Pockets

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Rocks in My Pockets

Directed by: Signe Baumane

USA, Latvia, 2014, 88 min


417 - July 7, 2014, 20:00, Grand Hall

5P3 - July 8, 2014, 13:00, Pupp

7K2 - July 10, 2014, 11:30, Drahomira Cinema


This writer-director animated film by a Latvian director living in New York City serves up a highly personal statement of a woman struggling with an inherited illness. With humor and courage, the director sets out on a challenging journey to discover her family’s best-kept secret. Baumane is not only director, illustrator, and screenwriter, she also narrates this gutsy movie.


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La tirisia / La tirisia

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La tirisia

Directed by: Jorge Pérez Solano

Mexico, 2014, 110 min


415 - July 7, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall

5P2 - July 8, 2014, 10:00, Pupp

7K1 - July 10, 2014, 9:00, Drahomira Cinema


Cheba and Ángeles Miguel have become pregnant by the same man. However they decide to resolve the dilemma of unwelcome motherhood, their lives will always be marked by perpetual sorrow.... The second film by a talented director offers a suggestive tale reflecting the destinies of hundreds of Mexican village women who had to decide between their child and their partner.


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Welkome Home / Welkome Home

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Welkome Home

Directed by: Angelina Nikonova

Russia, 2014, 116 min


715 - July 10, 2014, 17:00, Grand Hall

8P2 - July 11, 2014, 10:00, Pupp

9K3 - July 12, 2014, 14:00, Drahomira Cinema


Former Russian model Sasha, Armenian actor and carpet salesman Babken, his cousin Hamlet, who wants to become a woman, and Russian pensioner Mari Vanna have all come to the promised land to find happiness and live the American dream. The ups and downs of their lives in modern-day New York are observed by Russian director Angelina Nikonova (Twilight Portrait) in an ironic comedy filled with intelligent humour and wonderful characters.


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