Films ordered by  english title

  • 3D2 2/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7D3 6/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Sansho, the Bailiff Sanshô dayû
    Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
    Japan, 1954, 125min.
    Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi

    The wife, son and daughter of an exiled provincial governor are seized by slave traders. The mother Tamaki is sent to Sado Island, while the children are indentured in a work camp run by the cruel bailiff Sansho. The son Zushio submits to the harsh regime, but his sister Anju refuses; when they reach adolescence, she succeeds in persuading him to escape. But righting past wrongs proves severely challenging.

  • 5D1 4/7 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    9D1 8/7 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Scent of a Woman Scent of a Woman
    Directed by: Martin Brest
    USA, 1992, 157min.
    Section: People Next Door

    Al Pacino took on the renowned role played by Vittorio Gassman in this American remake of Italy’s Profumo di donna, and he won an Academy Award for his efforts. The original comedy shifts closer to a psychological drama, and while the love of a devoted beauty won't save blind Lt. Col. Slade from bitter loneliness, as it did Italian Capt. Faust, concern for someone who is wrestling with an oppressive moral decision does the trick.

  • 2P3 1/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    812 7/7 11:30 Grand Hall
    The Searchers The Searchers
    Directed by: John Ford
    USA, 1956, 114min.
    Section: Six Close Encounters

    When I was just 15, I fell in love with classic Hollywood films. Most films that “experts” said were great struck me as such, too, but one did not: The Searchers. At the time, I found Ford’s film slow and confusing and Wayne´s character repugnant. From reading everything I could find about the film, watching it over and over again, something remarkable happened: I came to love The Searchers. I now think it’s as beautiful, layered and powerful as any film ever made in America.

    Scott Feinberg

  • 423 3/7 15:30 Small Hall
    8L4 7/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Schoolyard Blues, Imprisoned
    Seven Awkward Sex Scenes. Part One Septiņas neveikla seksa reizes. Pirmā daļa
    Directed by: Liene Linde
    Latvia, 2016, 26min.
    Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow

    A young filmmaker struggles to defend a film about her own life. Director Liene Linde plays a director who struggles for the right to shoot a film, screen it before an audience, and not back down even one inch concerning what she wants to express. Employing humor and understanding, she comments on the lives of contemporary young women, but also on the challenges of making a movie.

  • 213 1/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    5L4 4/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    7L1 6/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    The Shop on Main Street Obchod na korze
    Directed by: Ján Kadár, Elmar Kloss
    Czechoslovakia, 1965, 125min.
    Section: Out of the Past

    In an era when Slovakia was a newfangled fascist satellite, the protagonist of this Academy Award-winning drama, shown here for the first time in its brand new restored version, accepts an offer to Aryanize a piece of Jewish property. The decision is immoral and the price is steep regardless of excuses. Are ordinary people really always powerless? That’s at least what Tono says to soothe his smarting conscience. The digitized print of The Shop on Main Street came about in cooperation with the Czech Film Foundation and the State Film Fund, Karlovy Vary IFF, UPP (Universal Production Partners), Elmar Klos (heir of the director), and Ivan Šlapeta (Cinematographer), with financial support from the Ministry of Culture.

  • 327 2/7 21:30 Small Hall
    727 6/7 21:30 Small Hall
    A Short Film about Killing Krótki film o zabijaniu
    Directed by: Krzysztof Kieślowski
    Poland, 1987, 85min.
    Section: Six Close Encounters

    Why Krzysztof Kieślowski? Because I miss him a lot. He was a unique artist who told us so much about the world and about ourselves. I chose A Short Film about Killing, which can be summarised in just one sentence: a twenty-year-old man murders a taxi driver, and is convicted and hanged.  It is a story about a world where evil is commonplace. All the more reason to bring this film to the audience’s attention once again. As a powerful warning.

    Barbara Hollender

  • 423 3/7 15:30 Small Hall
    8L4 7/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Seven Awkward Sex Scenes. Part One, Imprisoned
    Schoolyard Blues Skolstartssorg
    Directed by: Maria Eriksson
    Sweden, 2016, 17min.
    Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow

    The first day of school is generally a happy occasion full of expectation, but little John experiences it somewhat differently. His 11-year-old brother Mika unexpectedly turns up to help him with the challenges he’ll have to face in the coming years. They have a different kind of family, and Mika does everything he can to prevent it from affecting his little brother.

  • 4D3 3/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Sins of Love Hříchy lásky
    Directed by: Karel Lamač
    Czechoslovakia, 1929, 70min.
    Section: Out of the Past

    The dramatic story of a successful rural actor whose life is destroyed by a theater engagement in the big city and by an overpowering love for his much younger wife, also an actor. As the film is silent, there was no problem casting international stars: The four main roles were given to a Czech, an Italian, a German, and a Frenchman.

  • 1H5 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    6C3 5/7 12:30 Čas Cinema
    7H6 6/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    somniloquies somniloquies
    Directed by: Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    France / USA, 2016, 75min.
    Section: Imagina

    Hundreds of audio recordings of Dion McGregor, a renowned sleeper who dreamt out loud at length and with remarkable coherence, were used as the basis of a fascinating excursion into the human subconscious where wild orgies play out, the practical details of a dwarf city are attended to, and strange scientific experiments are analyzed.

  • 2P4 1/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    323 2/7 15:30 Small Hall
    755 6/7 17:00 Cinema B
    9H4 8/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    Song of Granite Song of Granite
    Directed by: Pat Collins
    Ireland / Canada, 2017, 97min.
    Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition

    This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. Indeed, didn't the songs help the residents of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?

  • 1D4 30/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    4D2 3/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    8C2 7/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    Spira Mirabilis Spira mirabilis
    Directed by: Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti
    Italy / Switzerland, 2016, 121min.
    Section: Imagina

    A Japanese scientist studies the miniature and immortal Benjamin Button jellyfish. At the other end of the world, unceasing repairs are carried out on the Milan Duomo. In the United States a Lakota community fights to preserve its culture. In a captivating visual essay composed of fragments shot across the world, the creators contemplate the nature of immortality.

  • 222 1/7 12:30 Small Hall
    6D6 5/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Spirit of the Beehive El espíritu de la colmena
    Directed by: Víctor Erice
    Spain, 1973, 97min.
    Section: Six Close Encounters

    My love for The Spirit of the Beehive has been constant since my first year of university in Johannesburg, when it was shown to me on VHS by my film-obsessed Spanish teacher. Víctor Erice's shimmering, amber-lit masterpiece is cinema’s most poetic study of childhood imagination, how it is moulded and how it in turn moulds us forever… Bringing it to Karlovy Vary is akin to sharing a dream space.

    Guy Lodge

  • 254 1/7 14:00 Cinema B
    4L4 3/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    8P4 7/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    Spoor Pokot
    Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
    Poland / Germany / Czech Republic / Sweden / Slovak Republic, 2017, 128min.
    Section: Czech Films 2016–2017

    The desolate Czech-Polish border region becomes a blood-stained battleground in a stand-off between animal-lover Janina Duszejko and a group of callous gamekeepers. Mysterious disappearances and bizarre deaths, however, might convince the local community that Nature can’t be abused indefinitely. Agnieszka Holland’s film successfully defies all genre classifications.

  • 1K4 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    437 3/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    6C6 5/7 21:30 Čas Cinema
    957 8/7 22:30 Cinema B
    Stockholm My Love Stockholm My Love
    Directed by: Mark Cousins
    Sweden / United Kingdom, 2016, 88min.
    Section: Another View

    This multilayered metropolitan symphony is, at once, a music film, a love letter to the city, an intimate study of grief, and an urbanistic essay. Architect Alva (Neneh Cherry) doesn’t make it to her class, instead choosing to stroll through the city while her contemplation of her surroundings mingles with her own memories of the most traumatic experience of her life.

  • 5D4 4/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6L2 5/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    The Stone Taş
    Directed by: Orhan Eskiköy
    Turkey, 2017, 96min.
    Section: East of the West - Competition

    Emete would swear that the young man seeking refuge in her home is the son she lost long ago. But in her isolated, wasteland village it’s almost impossible to differentiate real hope from self-delusion. Especially since the only way to survive is to throw in with the collective myths and seek comfort in cold stone.

  • 237 1/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    3C2 2/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    6L5 5/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    851 7/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Strawberry Days Jordgubbslandet
    Directed by: Wiktor Ericsson
    Sweden, 2016, 93min.
    Section: Variety Critics’ Choice

    Every summer, Polish workers come to the Swedish countryside to pick strawberries, trying to keep as low a profile as possible. But this year is different as one of the foreign fruit-pickers’ kids is old enough to take an interest in the host family’s daughter, complicating the entire arrangement.

  • 4D6 3/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    921 8/7 09:30 Small Hall
    Street of Shame Akasen chitai
    Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
    Japan, 1956, 85min.
    Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi

    In a series of interwoven storylines, the film explores the lives of the women who work in a brothel, from the mother who’s trying to support her child and sick husband and the man-eater who’s looking for a rich husband, to the young novice who’s terrified by the prospect of selling herself. The film’s up-to-date sociology is underlined by the electronic score from modernist composer Mayuzumi Toshiro, providing a tonality that’s new in Mizoguchi’s work.

  • 413 3/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    8D6 7/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    923 8/7 15:30 Small Hall
    Sweet Sixteen Sweet Sixteen
    Directed by: Ken Loach
    United Kingdom / Germany / Spain, 2002, 106min.
    Section: 30 Years of the European Film Academy

    Adolescent Liam, whose dream of a family and a better life edges him towards a downward spiral of crime, is the extreme version of the majority of Loach’s heroes – the vehicle through which he points to the malignant consequences of poverty and society’s indifference to the socially deprived. Paul Laverty, the director’s regular scripter since his collaboration on the film, won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2002.


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