Films ordered by english title
421 2/7 09:30 Small Hall 8D6 6/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, 1994, 60min.
Section: Seven Close Encounters
Aleš Najbrt presents
Aki Kaurismäki’s style is immediately apparent. An economical approach and an ability – ostensibly employing the simplest means possible – to capture the essence of people and of life’s principal values. A flair for evoking an atmosphere in which melancholy blends with gentle irony. And this unconventional road movie documents the filmmaker’s penchant for his own perennial heroes and stories – diffident outsiders and their rarely fulfilled desire for happiness.
1P1 29/6 10:00 Pupp Cinema 3L5 1/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 611 4/7 09:00 Grand HallDirected by: Jeff Nichols
USA, 2011, 121min.
Section: Made in Texas: Tribute to Austin Film Society
Take Shelter is the Arkansas-born, Austin-based filmmaker’s rumination on an empire in decline and its shattering effects on masculinity. The film features one of the greatest career performances of Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, as well as a breakout role for the then-emerging actress Jessica Chastain.
1K2 29/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema 321 1/7 09:30 Small Hall 922 7/7 12:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: White Bell, The Beginning, Apolinaras, El Dorado, The Old Man and the Land, A Trip Through Misty MeadowsDirected by: Herz Frank
Latvia, 1978, 10min.
Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
Ten Minutes Older is an unusual film – it is shot in just one take lasting exactly ten minutes. The camera observes children watching a puppet theatre play. We don’t see the spectacle, just the emotional impact it has on one little boy. His face becomes the mirror of his soul.
414 2/7 11:30 Grand Hall 8D5 6/7 16:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Mikhail Kalatozov
USSR, 1957, 98min.
Section: Out of the Past
Andrei Tarkovsky described the visual merits of Mikhail Kalatozov’s films as outstanding and saw them as inspirational for his own work. In an era of faceless wartime epics, this drama, focusing on a simple tale of tragic love, appeared as a revelation – not only in its theme but in its expressive style, which ensured that the image, editing and sound also had a significant creative role to play in the film.
2P6 30/6 22:00 Pupp Cinema 4N5 2/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema 927 7/7 21:30 Small HallDirected by: Guillaume Nicloux
France / China / Belgium, 2017, 103min.
Indochina, 1945. Young French soldier Robert Tassen (Gaspard Ulliel) sets out on a frantic mission whose goal is to find and punish Vietnamese General Vo Binh, instigator of the massacre that saw Robert’s brother brutally slain. This powerful, dark probe into the depths of a soldier’s soul comes from one of the most versatile of French directors (e.g. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq).
718 5/7 20:00 Grand Hall 8P2 6/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 9K5 7/7 17:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Peter Brunner
Austria / USA, 2018, 102min.
Section: Official Selection - Competition
As a child Norman survived a fire that took the rest of his family. As an adult he is still struggling with the resulting trauma, and he finds it difficult to start a new life with his girlfriend and little boy. An oppressive atmosphere, subtle hints, and spectacular images playing upon the subconscious – these are the primary attributes of this brutally intimate study of a wounded individual. Captivating Caleb Landry Jones excels in the main role.
2C3 30/6 12:30 Čas Cinema 633 4/7 13:00 Congress Hall 823 6/7 15:30 Small HallDirected by: Adina Pintilie
Romania / Germany / Czech Republic / Bulgaria / France, 2018, 125min.
“Why haven’t you ever asked me what this film is about? And why haven’t I ever told you anyway?” Largely rhetorical, these questions open the Romanian filmmaker's bold cinematic exploration of human intimacy. This highly tactile, conceptual film attempts to capture the physical proximity of one person to another and to define our own sense of intimacy with ourselves. Awarded the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale.
719 5/7 22:30 Grand Hall 8C7 6/7 21:30 Čas Cinema 9K7 7/7 22:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Benjamin Tuček
Czech Republic, 2018, 84min.
Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
The budget for the program to colonize Mars was so drastically cut back that settlements never appeared on the faraway planet. Now the only reminder of the ambitious plan is an abandoned base inhabited by a very lonely robot. The silence and tranquility of the red planet is eventually disturbed, however, by a privately-funded Czech crew, whose members have taken on the mission for very different reasons…
223 30/6 15:30 Small Hall 3K5 1/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 551 3/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Guillaume Brac
France, 2018, 97min.
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
The summer season at a recreation center near Paris is in full swing, so there is no shortage of amusing situations at the crowded swimming pool. A glimpse into the mindset of the visitors and employees of the extensive park – original French inhabitants and immigrants who come here to relax because they lack the means for a more exotic vacation.
2H5 30/6 22:30 Husovka Theatre 7N1 5/7 10:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Ukraine, 2014, 130min.
Section: People Next Door
Sergei is the new kid at a boarding school for deaf-mute children. During the course of his harrowing initiation he endeavours to experience love in spite of the emotion-deprived world around him. This icy debut, which employs the untraditional medium of sign language, needs not a single word to convey the full, devastating picture of how human society works – a fact also reflected in the film’s array of coveted awards.
1K2 29/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema 321 1/7 09:30 Small Hall 922 7/7 12:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: White Bell, The Beginning, Apolinaras, El Dorado, The Old Man and the Land, Ten Minutes OlderDirected by: Henrikas Šablevičius
Lithuania, 1973, 11min.
Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
Henrikas Šablevičius made this film as a farewell to the siaurukas, a slow, narrow-gauge train recalling the idyllic times of independent Lithuania. A Trip Through Misty Meadows remains a shining example of the Lithuanian poetic documentary thanks to its unique cinematic language and visual allegories conveying a deep connection to the past, something that architects of the “new life” struggled to erase.