Films ordered by  english title

  • 4D5 3/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5L3 4/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Absence of Closeness Absence blízkosti
    Directed by: Josef Tuka
    Czech Republic, 2017, 65min.
    Section: East of the West - Competition

    After another failed relationship Hedvika takes her three-month-old daughter Adélka and her dog to stay with her mother and her mum’s boyfriend. Hedvika doesn’t get on all that well with her mother, nor are her feelings towards Adélka as maternal as they could be. One day she finds some diaries that her late father left behind… This small-scale psychological drama by debutant Josef Tuka is shored up by its realistic characters, an understated performance from Jana Plodková, and perceptive, discreet lensing.

  • 523 4/7 15:30 Small Hall
    9L4 8/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Waiting for Ana, Atlantis, 2003
    After the Reunion Luokkakokouksen jälkeen
    Directed by: Kirsikka Saari
    Finland, 2016, 14min.
    Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow

    Fifty-year-old Saila doesn’t wake up after a class reunion in the most comfortable position. A long-forgotten former classmate is in bed with her, and despite the fact that he’s enjoying their morning together, she’d rather suppress the entire situation. While toned with humor and tenderness, the encounter after so many years also reveals disappointment and a hangover of moral dimensions.

  • 131 30/6 08:30 Congress Hall
    3H2 2/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    633 5/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    8H3 7/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Andrzej Wajda: Let’s Shoot! Andrzej Wajda: Róbmy zdjęcie!
    Directed by: Marcin Sauter, Maciej Cuske, Thierry Paladino, Piotr Stasik
    Poland, 2009, 54min.
    Section: Out of the Past

    The documentary captures the two-month working process of 81-year-old Andrzej Wajda while shooting exteriors for Katyn, a film that reflects the tragedy of his own family. More than just a close-up look at his masterful management of a massive shoot, the eloquent fragments compose a portrait of this exceptional creator, winner of an Academy Honorary Award in 2000.

  • 251 1/7 09:00 Cinema B
    3C6 2/7 21:30 Čas Cinema
    6L4 5/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    9H3 8/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Animals Tiere
    Directed by: Greg Zglinski
    Switzerland / Austria / Poland, 2017, 95min.
    Section: Variety Critics’ Choice

    Director Greg Zglinski’s espresso-dark humor and icy formal precision may nod to such experts as David Lynch and Lars von Trier, but Animals gleefully cultivates its very own kind of crazy in this unhinged adult fairy tale about a bourgeois Viennese couple attempting a restorative Alpine getaway.

  • 5C5 4/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    6K4 5/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Another News Story Another News Story
    Directed by: Orban Wallace
    United Kingdom, 2017, 90min.
    Section: Documentary Films - Competition

    In today’s chaotic era, what is the “who, how, and why” of news spewed forth on world conflicts and crises? A young British director turns his camera lens on the journalists sent by their employers to the Mediterranean to cover the unfolding humanitarian tragedy. When faced with immeasurable suffering, do they maintain a fundamental sensitivity or do they fall back on sensationalized treatments of human misfortune?

  • 1C3 30/6 12:30 Čas Cinema
    4K1 3/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    739 6/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    April’s Daughter Las hijas de Abril
    Directed by: Michel Franco
    Mexico, 2017, 103min.
    Section: Another View

    Mexican director, screenwriter and producer Michel Franco has four writer-director feature films and four presentations at Cannes to his name, and this year saw him revisiting the French Riviera with a precisely structured tale of the complex relationship between two half-sisters and their mother. Assailing the audience with its masterful build-up of tension, this familiar domestic drama setup won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard.

  • 156 30/6 20:00 Cinema B
    351 2/7 09:00 Cinema B
    5H2 4/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    9C6 8/7 21:30 Čas Cinema
    Araby Arábia
    Directed by: Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans
    Brazil, 2017, 96min.
    Section: Another View

    A picture of contemporary, industrial Brazil rises out of the main character’s journal entries – without the stereotypes of favelas and crime. On his travels to farms, construction projects, and factories, Cristiano represents the poorest, who have decided to work day after day, to go from town to town, taciturn, proud, and resilient.

  • 217 1/7 20:00 Grand Hall
    3P2 2/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    5K3 4/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Arrhythmia Aritmiya
    Directed by: Boris Khlebnikov
    Russia / Finland / Germany, 2017, 116min.
    Section: Official Selection - Competition

    Oleg is heading for his thirties. He works as a paramedic and, after a hard shift, he likes to take a few swigs. His wife Katya is also a doctor, working in the hospital’s emergency department. But her patience with Oleg is running thin, so she announces one day that she wants a divorce… One of the most intriguing filmmakers on the Russian scene today, Boris Khlebnikov returns to the big screen with a meticulous piece of direction. Along with precise performances from the cast, the film examines a relationship experiencing an arrhythmia similar to that affecting the hearts of the patients Oleg treats in his job as a paramedic.

  • Arrival Arrival
    Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
    USA, 2016, 116min.
    Section: Special Events

    When several giant ships of unknown origin appear at over a dozen locations on Earth, top teams of scientists set out to study them. The American team is headed by physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who join forces in order to show that the extraterrestrial visitors are a threat to mankind only if we fail to communicate with them. One of the most original science fiction movies of recent years, Arrival cemented director Denis Villeneuve’s position as one the most closely watched directors working today.

  • 2L2 1/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    4K6 3/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    6C2 5/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    956 8/7 20:00 Cinema B
    Ascent Ascent
    Directed by: Fiona Tan
    Netherlands / Japan, 2016, 80min.
    Section: Imagina

    In this noteworthy and visually striking picture, a multimedia artist takes up the history and memories that form our internal essence and fill our souls. Walking a line between documentary and feature in her experimental movie, the director once again goes beyond the boundaries of cinema, pushing it into new territory.

  • 2N5 1/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    711 6/7 09:00 Grand Hall
    Ashes and Diamonds Popiół i diament
    Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
    Poland, 1958, 105min.
    Section: Out of the Past

    Maciej, protagonist of the war drama Ashes and Diamonds, is the prototype of Wajda’s tragic hero, exposed to the harsh forces of his day and brought to ruin. Through costuming and his work with his powerful lead actor Zbigniew Cybulski, the director aligned Maciej with the young 1950s generation of revolt, thereby catapulting the hero to the status of a national icon.

  • 424 3/7 18:30 Small Hall
    8L5 7/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Bones for Otto
    Atelier Atelier
    Directed by: Elsa María Jakobsdóttir
    Denmark, 2017, 30min.
    Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow

    Like a modern utopia, an unusually beautiful structure surrounded by the wilds of nature serves as the location for an encounter between two women. One seeks peace and relaxation, the other is creating an acoustic installation that intrudes upon the motionless calm. Frustration over this unplanned-for cohabitation grows and the differences between dream and reality begin to blur.

  • 723 6/7 15:30 Small Hall
    8K5 7/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Atelier de conversation Atelier de conversation
    Directed by: Bernhard Braunstein
    Austria / France / Liechtenstein, 2017, 72min.
    Section: Documentary Films - Competition

    One room, twelve red chairs, and a common language. Foreigners from all corners of the world meet each week for free lessons to hone their French. This formally minimalist documentary captures the fleeting moments in which grammatical fumblings and the painstaking search for the right word inadvertently open a window into the human soul.

  • 523 4/7 15:30 Small Hall
    9L4 8/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Waiting for Ana, After the Reunion
    Atlantis, 2003 Atlantída, 2003
    Directed by: Michal Blaško
    Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2017, 30min.
    Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow

    A young Ukrainian couple plan their getaway to Germany. It’s 2003, four years before Slovakia integrates into the Schengen Area. The Slovak-Ukrainian border is controlled by smugglers and human traffickers – Martin and Denisija have no idea of the traps that await them. They only have each other but they are willing to sacrifice much to fulfill their dream.

  • 2K3 1/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    422 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    9C2 8/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    Austerlitz Austerlitz
    Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
    Germany, 2016, 94min.
    Section: Another View

    Hordes of people make their way towards entrance gates crowned with the notorious slogan Arbeit macht frei. Why do they visit places that bear such appalling vestiges of the past? This documentary, examining cultural memory in today’s world, has featured at various major IFFs since its premiere at Venice.

  • 1N1 30/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    3N5 2/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    6K7 5/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    9K7 8/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Axolotl Overkill Axolotl Overkill
    Directed by: Helene Hegemann
    Germany, 2017, 94min.
    Section: Another View

    Although just 16, Mifti is already well aware of her electrifying appeal. It’s not just her provocative sexuality, but an assertive disposition that places her in the company of older people who are no strangers to a bohemian lifestyle and parties that last for days. A sexual relationship with an older woman and closer intimacy with a beautiful actress only add to the confusion in the heroine’s head.


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