Films ordered by section
416 2/7 17:00 Grand Hall 5P1 3/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 7K1 5/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Ömür Atay
Turkey / Germany / Bulgaria, 2017, 103min.
Seventeen-year-old Yusuf comes home after spending four years at a detention center. His return to the family circle freshly recalls the act that his loved ones, bound by rigid tradition, forced Yusuf to commit. Directed with an assured hand, this intimate debut concerns guilt and punishment and how difficult it is to choose between blood ties and tradition on the one hand, and what is morally right on the other.
518 3/7 20:00 Grand Hall 6P2 4/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 8K2 6/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Adam Sedlák
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 116min.
Top cyclist Roman has had enough of serving as a domestique, a bicycle racer who sacrifices for the team. And since strenuous training and a strict regimen don’t lead to the type of performance he longs for, he sets up an oxygen tent at home. His obsession with having a sports career, however, renders him oblivious to his wife Šarlota’s desire to have a baby. A claustrophobic drama on the utter breakdown of a marriage almost suffocated by a machine that oxygenates the blood.
216 30/6 17:00 Grand Hall 3P1 1/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 5K1 3/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Sébastien Pilote
Canada, 2018, 96min.
The sleepy town where Léo lives doesn’t offer her much chance of self-fulfilment. Extricating herself from her mother’s influence and her constricting environment isn’t easy for the frustrated young woman, yet happiness might be close at hand. A stylistically precise, pop-impressionistic film about a girl’s quest to find out who she really is, featuring the captivating Karelle Tremblay in the lead role.
218 30/6 20:00 Grand Hall 3P2 1/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 5K2 3/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Sonja Prosenc
Slovenia / Italy / Norway, 2018, 105min.
Seventeen-year-old Iva is in the process of coming to terms with the death of her mother. Influenced by this deep personal loss and by the discovery that she didn’t know everything about her mom, the girl slowly immerses herself into a strange, almost dreamlike world. Sonja Prosenc’s movie is dominated by a distinctive poetic that attacks the viewer’s senses, as well as by a narratively loose style and an ability to construct a story with the aid of the subtlest of suggestions.
417 2/7 19:30 Grand Hall 5P2 3/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 7K2 5/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Radu Jude
Romania / Czech Republic / France / Bulgaria / Germany, 2018, 140min.
A young artist is planning to reconstruct a historical event from 1941, during which the Romanian Administration through the Romanian Army carried out an ethnic massacre on the Eastern Front. One of contemporary Europe’s most distinctive creators has come out with an ingeniously conceived film that – although the topic unfolds slowly and in detail – hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch.
616 4/7 17:00 Grand Hall 7P1 5/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 9K1 7/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Russia / Lithuania / Ireland / France, 2018, 90min.
Young Oksana put Denis in a baby box when he was an infant. Sixteen years later she steals him away from a children’s home, intent on making amends for her neglect. Denis, however, has no idea of the heavy price to be paid for his mother’s favour: the fragile boy has one unusual quality which Oksana has no qualms about exploiting.
716 5/7 17:00 Grand Hall 8P1 6/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 9K3 7/7 14:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
Dominican Republic / Spain, 2018, 90min.
Shy girl Miriam is waiting to celebrate her 15th birthday and she wants to invite her guy. So far they’ve only chatted online, and the anticipated blind date only complicates things. A gentle picture about the uncertainties of growing up, girls’ competitiveness, and the demands of others, which can all be confusing when you’re young.
516 3/7 17:00 Grand Hall 6P1 4/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 8K1 6/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Paweł Maślona
Poland, 2017, 100min.
In his blackly humorous debut, talented director Paweł Maślona has submitted a consummate answer to the question whether or not a panic attack can be translated into film language. Dramatic moments in the lives of several unfortunates living in contemporary Warsaw are here presented with refreshing playfulness and a singular knack for mixing the tragic and the comic.
316 1/7 17:00 Grand Hall 4P1 2/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 6K1 4/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Israel, 2018, 100min.
Being able to care for a gravely ill daughter is of the utmost importance to a loving father. The treatment which is to give the child a new chance at life is something the poorly paid widower simply can’t afford. The idea to start performing again with a rock band from his early days, however, sees the devout man confronting not only those around him but – above all – himself as well.
618 4/7 20:00 Grand Hall 7P2 5/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 9K2 7/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Ana Katz
Argentina / Brazil / France, 2018, 103min.
Lucrecia, Pedro, and their teenage kids Julian and Florencia set out from Buenos Aires one sweltering day in a rattletrap Renault to vacation in the Brazilian summer resort of Florianópolis. Renowned Argentinian director Ana Katz draws upon gentle humor and light melancholy to relate a tale of first love, past lovers, fateful encounters, and fleeting joys.
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.
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.
318 1/7 20:00 Grand Hall 4P2 2/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 6K2 4/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic / Slovenia / Poland / Slovak Republic, 2018, 85min.
Mischievously self-assured Mára and somewhat eccentric Heduš set out into the frozen wastes in search of adventure – by car, naturally. After all, Mára’s turning fifteen soon. A road movie about the flies that occasionally buzz around even in winter, and a story – before it ends at the police station – that tells of the elusive bond of boyhood friendship and the irrepressible desire to experience something, even if you don't exactly know what.
1N3 29/6 16:00 Národní dům Cinema 253 30/6 14:00 Cinema B 839 6/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Takahisa Zeze
Japan, 2018, 129min.
Masuda, a new worker at a factory, suspects a coworker of being a convicted killer. And a properly written exposé might allow him to return to the world of journalism. But it might also reopen the scars of his own past. This carefully constructed picture explores the limits of responsibility while treating the notion of coming to terms with guilt.
427 2/7 21:30 Small Hall 5P6 3/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 9N2 7/7 13:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Andrew Bujalski
USA, 2018, 93min.
Lisa is a dedicated restaurant manager who is trying to keep the place afloat, get on with the owner and the customers, and support her employees. But a deluge of accumulated problems gradually saps her patience. In a film about the search for dignity in a business that objectifies its employees, the natural performances of the entire female ensemble lent solid support.
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.
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…
7P3 5/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 8C3 6/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 9H3 7/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Nima Eghlima
Iran, 2018, 106min.
Now in his thirties, Amir is beleaguered by other peoples’ problems. His friend Ali’s ex-wife and son have gone missing, his sister is desperately trying to break away from the family, and his parents are trying to keep the family together. Amir is a film about contemporary Iran, about a generation whose private lives are determined more by the rules of society than by their own will.
7P5 5/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 8C4 6/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 9H4 7/7 19:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Tomáš Pavlíček
Czech Republic, 2018, 77min.
A family has decided to sell their lovely cottage as none of them has visited it for some time. Yet it holds so many nostalgic memories that the mother suggests they all spend one last day there before the sale takes place. This deliberately paced comedy, whose protagonists often remind the viewer of characters from a Jaroslav Papoušek screenplay, takes an agreeably detached view of the Czech phenomenon of weekending in the country.
4D4 2/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5L3 3/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema 7H1 5/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: László Csuja
Hungary, 2018, 83min.
Who are the real crazies in an unhinged world? An ironic, punkily brash road movie about young lovers on the run, interwoven with poetic and realistic images. Fed-up Bianka kidnaps a child and dupes the trusting Laci into thinking it’s his. Together they form an instant family who set off in a caravan, fleeing the law and a bunch of crooks.
5D6 3/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6C4 4/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 8H2 6/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Lithuania / Latvia / Croatia, 2018, 97min.
The life of a three-member, middle-class family fundamentally changes with the arrival of six-year-old Ilja, a withdrawn little boy adopted from a children’s home… Displaying mise-en-scène mastery, debuting Lithuanian director Giedrė Beinoriūtė brings us a taut psychological drama adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name, in which she ramps up the tension in an economical yet highly effective way.
2D6 30/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C4 1/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 5H2 3/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Darya Zhuk
Belarus / Germany / USA / Russia, 2018, 95min.
Young Evelina has a law degree, but her dream is to travel to the USA and earn a living as a professional DJ. It’s 1996, however, and the girl is living in post-Soviet Minsk... This energetic debut from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk, pulsating to the rhythm of 90s house, is the opening film of this year’s East of the West competition.
5D4 3/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6C3 4/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 8H1 6/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Vladimir Bitokov
Russia, 2018, 75min.
A stark landscape, unforgiving surroundings, gruelling work, and intense conflicts within the family circle – a vicious cycle, the burden of which is only accentuated by the return of the youngest brother, who is to take the place of his sick father in this family of lumberjacks. Under the watchful eye of Aleksandr Sokurov comes another searingly vivid and visually remarkable debut with profound humanistic appeal.
4D6 2/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5L5 3/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 7H2 5/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Beata Parkanová
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 95min.
It might seem that Anežka’s life is not her own – her entire family want to get involved in every aspect of it. The young woman tries to please everyone, but she is gradually losing what is most important – herself. This confident debut deftly captures the pitfalls of family life, which are interpreted with humour, understanding and a remarkably mature sense of situations we experience so often that we aren’t even conscious of them.
6P5 4/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 723 5/7 15:30 Small Hall 953 7/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Tonia Mishiali
Cyprus / Greece, 2018, 96min.
Elpida is a housewife confronted with the first signs of menopause while trapped in a loveless marriage to a heartless, despotic man. Together with the physical changes she experiences, however, her mind and her perception of reality are also gradually affected… A formally mature, muted psychological drama addressing the issues surrounding the position of women in a patriarchal society.
6P3 4/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 7C3 5/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 9H1 7/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Elizaveta Stishova
Kyrgyzstan / Russia, 2017, 101min.
Karabas is a man who has never really grown up. He drinks too much, and he and his young pregnant wife just scrape by. When his first wife Zhipara arrives with the news that she’s found their long-lost son Uluk, a question arises: Could the fractured foursome all live together? A distinctive debut which dexterously combines a road movie with a family drama and an original comedy, thereby painting a vivid portrait of life in Kyrgyzstan.
2D4 30/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C3 1/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 5H1 3/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Klara Kochańska, Kasper Bajon
Poland / Czech Republic / Macedonia, 2018, 75min.
Julia and Piotr are a well-situated, middle-class married couple entertaining the idea of a dream holiday. At the request of Piotr’s mother, however, the pair set out instead on a trip across the Balkans, heading for a refugee camp on the Macedonian-Greek border. Student Academy Award holder Klara Kochańska makes her debut with an intimate, independent road movie which stands out for its subtle performances and quasi-documentary authenticity. The film was co-directed by Kasper Bajon.
3D6 1/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4L5 2/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 6H2 4/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Roman Bondarchuk
Ukraine / Germany, 2018, 106min.
One day Lukas, employed as an interpreter for an OSCE mission, becomes lost in the middle of the steppe in southern Ukraine. His journey towards self-recognition and happiness will be flanked by a series of strange encounters and bizarre situations… Roman Bondarchuk’s novel feature debut is a tragicomedy whose striking visuals aid him in fleshing out the colorful world of southern Ukraine, a place which still bears unmistakable traces of the distant and not-too-distant past.
3D4 1/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4L3 2/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema 6H1 4/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Ewa Bukowska
Poland, 2018, 79min.
Anka is becoming extremely anxious about her beloved husband Witek, a war correspondent. But where does the border lie between reality and catastrophic visions? An evocative psychological drama adapted from the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska about experiencing war second-hand: we don’t have to be there for it to have a destructive influence on our lives.
724 5/7 18:30 Small Hall 8K3 6/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 954 7/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Zita Erffa
Germany / Mexico, 2018, 93min.
Why did the director’s brother enter a conservative Roman Catholic order, causing him to sever all ties with the outside world? The shooting of this fresh, self-reflexive documentary about an eroded sibling bond becomes the pretext for long-desired personal contact and a therapeutic aid to help her heal herself.
423 2/7 15:30 Small Hall 5K5 3/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 751 5/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Tomáš Bojar
Czech Republic, 2018, 75min.
A carefully composed observation of two newsrooms which, in March 2017, were avidly chasing after information about the Czech president’s decision whether or not to run for re-election. Two teams of reporters, one extraordinary event, and two takes on one “objective” piece of news.
324 1/7 18:30 Small Hall 4K3 2/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 652 4/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede
Lithuania / Latvia / Estonia, 2018, 80min.
Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys’s meditative documentary essay portrays the less-remembered generation of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave. With finesse, they push beyond the barriers of the common historiographic investigation in order to achieve a consummate poetic treatment of the ontology of documentary creation.
526 3/7 21:00 Small Hall 6K6 4/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 851 6/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Alison McAlpine
Canada / Chile, 2017, 78min.
After every scorching day in the Chilean desert of Atacama night falls cold, and overhead a gateway opens to the enigmatic depths of the universe. Nowhere else does the night sky shine with so many stars; nowhere else does a fixed look upward evoke so many indescribable emotions. This powerful cinematic experience prompts an irresistible urge to lie in the grass and look up at the stars.
323 1/7 15:30 Small Hall 4K5 2/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 651 4/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke
Germany / Egypt, 2018, 86min.
It hasn’t been so very long since rich tourists from around the world came to stay in the luxury hotels of Sharm El Sheikh. But the Arab Spring and the confusion of the post revolutionary period quickly robbed the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula of its charm as a go-to summer resort. Saturated with elements of surreal fiction, the documentary takes us to a shimmering city of ghosts to visit its last inhabitants – resort employees who feverishly dream among the abandoned hotel suites.
624 4/7 18:30 Small Hall 7K4 5/7 14:30 Drahomíra Cinema 952 7/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Jana Andert
Czech Republic, 2018, 72min.
A shock therapy of news coverage from the war front. Documentarist Jana Andert spent eight months with an elite Iraqi Army unit on the front lines of the battle for Mosul, occupied by Islamic State fighters from 2014 to June 2017. An unflinching report from a city in ruins, robbed of its soul by one of the worst catastrophes of modern times.
424 2/7 18:30 Small Hall 5K3 3/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 752 5/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Stéphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
France, 2018, 91min.
Marc Namblard, whose profession combines his talents as a biologist and sound engineer, well knows that nature has overwhelming sedative effects, particularly in terms of its acoustic dimension. A discourse on the tranquillity of the forest that permeates the very heart of man, this documentary cultivates our ability to observe, and, if we half-close our eyes, the viewing experience will be all the greater.
623 4/7 15:30 Small Hall 7K5 5/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 951 7/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Yuqi Kang
Canada / Nepal / China, 2017, 92min.
An isolated Buddhist monastery in southern Nepal not only provides refuge for monks, but also for orphans up to the age of sixteen. Far removed from civilisation, the boys learn about strict discipline and order yet, like all children, they hanker after adventure. An observational documentary which captures both the routine of the passing days and the vagaries of boyhood.
224 30/6 18:30 Small Hall 3K3 1/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 552 3/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Vitaly Mansky
Latvia / Switzerland / Czech Republic, 2018, 102min.
On December 31, 1999 Vladimir Putin ascended to the president’s chair in Russia. In his latest picture renowned documentarist Vitaly Mansky draws on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day. He then rounds it out with his own fascinating perspective and with the longtime unique experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from upper echelon politics.
524 3/7 18:30 Small Hall 6K3 4/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 852 6/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Cyril Aris
Lebanon, 2018, 74min.
Viviane and Antoine have lived together for 65 years, and while she still has her strength, he has long been bedridden. And so no one is able or has any desire to tell the weakened old man the distressing news that his beloved daughter has suddenly died. Indeed, the grief might cause his death… A heavy, lyrical portrait brightened by the warming rays of loved ones’ smiles.
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.
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.
7C4 5/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 8H3 6/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 9H2 7/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Daniel Zimmermann
Switzerland / Austria, 2018, 100min.
Gentle birdsong filters through dense forest vegetation only to be drowned out by the sudden roar of chainsaws. Thus begins a documentary comprising a mere thirteen 360° panning shots, whose uncompromising formal concept places great demands on the patient viewer. But as soon as we align our breathing with the slow rhythm of the shots a surprising odyssey opens out before us of the paradoxical migration of wood from Austrian forests to a secret, far-off destination.
214 30/6 11:30 Grand HallDirected by: Tim Robbins
USA / United Kingdom, 1992, 102min.
A television crew headed by British journalist Terry follows the election campaign of country singer Bob Roberts as he vies for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Tim Robbins’s satirical mockumentary is a brilliant study of populism, media manipulation and political tactics that are not afraid to stoop to the lowest and dirtiest tricks.
3C6 1/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 554 3/7 17:00 Cinema B 7H5 5/7 22:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Michal Varga
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 80min.
Rosťa Novák, the face of Cirk La Putyka, has decided to train for a performance with a Rwandan troupe of acrobats. But can they get on together, two teams that are used to such different work tempos and styles? A unique documentary that takes a peek behind the scenes of the thrilling show Hit, Tell the Difference from Prague’s Letní Letná festival.
3D9 1/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Tim Robbins
USA, 1999, 132min.
In New York in the late 1930s, when America is haunted by the spectre of communism and workers’ unrest, Orson Welles tries to put on a leftist musical on Broadway, but the production is eventually banned by the authorities. The history of the controversial play is just one part of this story about the inevitable conflict between politics and art.
327 1/7 21:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: Sharp ObjectsDirected by: Petr Zelenka, Matěj Chlupáček
Czech Republic, 2016, 50min.
After the success of the first two seasons of its popular series “Therapy,” HBO Europe returns with another 36 episodes. The excellent Karel Roden once again stars as therapist Marek Pošta, whose clients visit him to resolve personal problems, difficulties at work, and issues in their relationships. KVIFF presents an exclusive pre-premiere of two episodes as part of its HBO Exclusive.
419 2/7 22:30 Grand Hall 7C7 5/7 21:30 Čas Cinema 8H5 6/7 22:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Šimon Šafránek
Czech Republic, 2018, 82min.
The first feature-length documentary about the rise of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia presents a gripping tale of the search for freedom in a society stifled by the communist regime. Unique archive shots set to a driving punk soundtrack introduce us to the cult masters of the board and their never-ending party ride through the grey days of Normalization.
125 29/6 20:30 Small Hall 711 5/7 09:00 Grand HallDirected by: Miloš Forman
Czechoslovakia, 1965, 77min.
Back in the day viewers throughout Europe and probably elsewhere became intrigued by an insignificant young trainee from a small Czech town. And this thanks to Miloš Forman, who rendered his tale of innocent Andula and her emotional disenchantment in an innovative way, suggesting to the audience that they are direct observers of her ordinary yet still remarkable and universal story.
714 5/7 11:30 Grand HallDirected by: Barry Levinson
USA, 2018, 105min.
Al Pacino stars as the beloved coach, a legend of American football. The end of his incredibly successful career, however, was marred by a scandal involving the sexual abuse of boys: for years multiple accomplices looked the other way until Paterno’s colleague Jerry Sandusky was finally convicted. Celebrated filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog) vividly transfers the case to the big screen.
815 6/7 14:00 Grand HallDirected by: Barry Levinson
USA, 1988, 134min.
The $3 million inheritance his father left is a sufficient reason for Charlie to kidnap his autistic brother from the institute where he lives. But by the time their journey across the United States comes to an end Charlie has gained something more valuable than money. Portraying mentally challenged Raymond, the excellent Dustin Hoffman took one of four Academy Awards conferred upon the film, which also won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale.
9D3 7/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: David Michôd
Australia / USA, 2014, 102min.
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in a quasi-futuristic Western set in an era following an economic collapse in which people are left with almost nothing. But when they steal the last things former soldier Eric has to his name, he decides not to take it anymore. Prior to its successful domestic release in Australia, the picture was presented in the program of the Cannes festival.
7D4 5/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Jan Čuřík, Antonín Máša
Czechoslovakia, 1965, 79min.
In this depiction of a generational conflict of values, the film’s title symbolically conveys many of the characters’ frame of mind. The father, a one-time communist of Stalinist bent, is trying to find a way to excuse his past. The son, affected by his dad’s moral failings and with his soul in disarray, is endeavouring to choose the right way to live his life, as are the three youngsters he encounters when he runs away from home.
327 1/7 21:30 Small HallDirected by: Jean-Marc Vallée
USA, 2018, 60min.
An exclusive pre-premiere of the first episode of HBO’s long-awaited series “Sharp Objects.” Journalist Camille Preaker returns to her hometown in order to report on the murder of two girls, and the more she delves into the story, the deeper she falls into her own past. The series, which was based on the eponymous bestseller by novelist Gillian Flynn, will be shown as part of the festival’s HBO Exclusive.
9S1 7/7 22:30 Outdoor CinemaDirected by: Gilles Lellouche
France, 2018, 122min.
Downcast Bertrand is suffering a midlife crisis. When he answers an ad placed by a group looking for a new member for their male synchronised swimming team (we’re talking aquabeaux here), he has no idea that the amateur squad will not only bring him new friends but also a new lease of life. A comedy about holding your breath for as long as it takes to ensure life goes swimmingly.
7D7 5/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Barry Levinson
USA, 1997, 97min.
Barry Levinson has a rich and remarkable filmography covering a variety of genres, with several titles rightfully claiming a place in the history of cinema. After Rain Man, the primary contender is the scintillating satire Wag the Dog, aimed at both sides of the equation: those who quite literally fabricate political causes to order and those who willingly gobble them up.
2P5 30/6 19:00 Pupp Cinema 3N4 1/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 6C2 4/7 10:00 Čas Cinema 7L1 5/7 10:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego
Colombia / Denmark / Mexico, 2018, 120min.
The tranquil, traditional life of a family from the Native American Wayuu tribe falls victim to the increasing wealth arising from the flourishing marijuana trade. What initially looked like an innocent way to add to the dowry becomes a battleground of hostility, violence and revenge. A visually refined family saga set among the newly emerging drug cartels.
219 30/6 22:30 Grand Hall 9N4 7/7 19:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Spike Lee
USA, 2018, 128min.
A detective comedy based on real events. Set in the 1970s the film tells the story of an African-American police officer from Colorado who successfully infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and rises to lead it. As is his wont, in his latest movie Spike Lee shows absolutely no mercy at all.
3N3 1/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema 4N1 2/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema 9C3 7/7 12:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Lee Chang-dong
South Korea, 2018, 148min.
Inspired by a Haruki Murakami short story, Burning tells the tale of young Jong-su, a courier who’s in love with a girl he’s known since childhood. When she returns home from a trip abroad with a strange friend, they form an unlikely threesome. The friend, however, has an unusual hobby…
81A 6/7 23:00 Grand HallDirected by: Gaspar Noé
France, 2018, 95min.
You despised I STAND ALONE, you hated IRREVERSIBLE, you loathed ENTER THE VOID and you cursed LOVE. Now try CLIMAX!
515 3/7 14:00 Grand Hall 9D4 7/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Paweł Pawlikowski
Poland / France / United Kingdom, 2018, 84min.
The new picture by the director of the Academy Award-winning, black-and-white Ida was one of the most lauded competition entries at this year’s Cannes, with the award for Best Director confirming that claim. This enchanting story of fated love set in grey-tinged Poland (as well as in Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris) between 1949 in 1964 is both stirring and melancholy, as are the infectious tones of folk music and contemplative jazz that assume a special place in the film.
222 30/6 12:30 Small Hall 4P5 2/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 939 7/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA, 2018, 112min.
No one in this Western gets a fair shake. Young Samuel wanders the prairie in search of happiness and his beloved girl. But the American West isn’t for everyone, especially if you don’t know who it is you want to be. Someone ends up being the hero, someone the villain. But everyone just adores a damsel in distress.
1L7 29/6 22:30 Lazne III Cinema 4N2 2/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 8P5 6/7 19:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Laura Bispuri
Italy / Germany / Switzerland, 2018, 100min.
Vittoria’s world turns upside down when she finds out that her mother isn’t loving Tina but a debt-ridden lush named Angelica. How will the three of them come to terms with the situation? An Italian melodrama that asks a fundamental question: Is maternity determined by biological or cultural bonds?
2C4 30/6 15:30 Čas Cinema 4K6 2/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 655 4/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Mohamed Ben Attia
Tunisia / Belgium / France / Qatar, 2018, 100min.
An elderly couple’s central focus in life is their son Sami, who is studying for his high school finals. Sami often suffers from migraines and depression, something his father takes especially hard. But one day Sami disappears… A story of parental love and the thin line between care and dependence.
1D4 29/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3L1 1/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 6N4 4/7 19:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Alexey German Jr.
Russia / Poland / Serbia, 2018, 126min.
A sketch on the life of the eminent Russian writer, prevented from realizing himself by the totalitarian regime and whose own stubbornness stopped him from selling out. Speaking with the same urgency about today as it does about the past, this artistically and emotionally compelling piece depicts an era brimming with the stymied lives of people who became dissidents or emigrated against their will.
1P3 29/6 16:00 Pupp Cinema 4K1 2/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 639 4/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Valeria Golino
Italy, 2018, 115min.
Two brothers – rich and prodigal Matteo and resigned and self-deprecating Ettore – could not be more different. But then a grave medical diagnosis completely changes their lives and forces them to rethink their priorities. Set among the Italian upper classes, this bittersweet film effectively captures the fleeting nature of precious moments.
3N2 1/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 818 6/7 20:00 Grand HallDirected by: Asghar Farhadi
Spain / France / Italy, 2018, 132min.
Asghar Farhadi’s eighth offering Everybody Knows, which opened this year’s festival in Cannes, is another of his films to illustrate the complexities of human relationships and their ultimate transformation. Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires with her husband and children, hardly ever goes back to her native country. The events that unfold on her final visit there change everyone’s lives. A sharply honed family drama starring the outstanding Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
2N4 30/6 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 5P4 3/7 16:30 Pupp Cinema 9C4 7/7 15:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Lukas Dhont
Belgium, 2018, 105min.
Sixteen-year-old Lara wants to become a ballet dancer. Besides her demanding studies, however, she is also waging a relentless daily battle. Since childhood, she has known she was born into the wrong body… This empathetic picture, about the courage to accept yourself, won the Camera d’Or for best debut at this year’s festival in Cannes.
1N1 29/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema 333 1/7 13:00 Congress Hall 854 6/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
Brazil / France, 2017, 135min.
When pregnant and wealthy Ana hires a live-in nanny neither woman suspects what fatal consequences the birth will mean for both of them. This unconventional horror movie, incorporating fairytale elements, offers up an elegant classic style as well as criticism of Brazilian society.
415 2/7 14:00 Grand Hall 9D6 7/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Alice Rohrwacher
Italy / Switzerland / France / Germany, 2018, 125min.
This year the Cannes jury conferred Best Screenplay on the third picture from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, who also turned heads on the French Riviera with Corpo Celeste and The Wonders. Addressing the question whether or not friendship can travel through time, Rohrwacher responds with a dreamlike story of kindhearted Lazzaro, who takes various adventures armed with an unshakable faith in human beings.
3P6 1/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 816 6/7 17:00 Grand HallDirected by: Scott Cooper
USA, 2017, 134min.
The 20th century is just around the corner and resistance from the indigenous peoples of North America against concerted white efforts at genocide is now at a trickle. Traveling from Arizona to Montana, a dangerous pilgrimage by a motley crew is underway led by a taciturn American Army captain assigned to carry out what he considers an odious task – to escort a sick Cheyenne chief on his last journey. Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi.
1N2 29/6 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 254 30/6 17:00 Cinema B 7N2 5/7 13:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Natalia Garagiola
Argentina / USA / France / Germany / Qatar, 2017, 105min.
Untamed South American scenery as a reflection of the tattered internal landscape of a father and son, hunter and apprentice, whose confrontational relationship is pushed to an extreme level of instinct during a hunt. Here, hunting stands as an initiation ritual that employs the predator-prey dynamic to teach not only killing but also humility and forgiveness.
2N1 30/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema 715 5/7 14:00 Grand HallDirected by: Debra Granik
USA, 2018, 119min.
Fifteen-year-old Tom lives with her father in the woods on the edge of Portland. Voluntary isolation from “normal society” allows them to create a reality of pure, simple joys untainted by civilization. But one day the surrounding world rears its ugly head, and confrontation is unavoidable. Creator of the acclaimed Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik turned in one of the highlights of this year’s Sundance fest.
2D2 30/6 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5H3 3/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7P6 5/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Gustavo Passos Pizzi
Brazil / Uruguay / Germany, 2018, 95min.
A large and lively family live on the outskirts of Rio. During heated days full of pranks and mutual teasing, Irene prepares for her son’s sudden departure abroad. This heartfelt film, about growing up too fast, maternal love, and family solidarity, garnered buzz at Sundance and Rotterdam.
1C2 29/6 10:00 Čas Cinema 4N4 2/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 9D2 7/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Gianni Zanasi
Italy, 2018, 110min.
Lucia, a surveyor by profession, lives with her teenage daughter in a small town in the Veneto region. One day the Virgin Mary appears to her and instructs her to build a church on a site planned for the construction of a commercial centre. Lucia initially thinks her mind is playing tricks, but in the end, in order to fulfil the Madonna’s wish, she launches a battle with the authorities and investors. And with good reason as it turns out. Starring Alba Rohrwacher, Lucia’s Grace won an award from the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes fest.
615 4/7 14:00 Grand Hall 8N4 6/7 19:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Terry Gilliam
Spain / Belgium / Portugal / United Kingdom, 2018, 132min.
Toby used to be an idealistic film student; today he is a cynical director of commercials. When, after ten years, he visits the picturesque hamlet where he shot his student project about Don Quixote, he discovers to his horror that the film changed the inhabitants’ lives beyond recognition. But separating fact from fiction won’t be all that easy.
1P2 29/6 13:00 Pupp Cinema 3N5 1/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema 9C5 7/7 18:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Desiree Akhavan
USA, 2017, 91min.
When her guardians find out that their ward Cameron likes girls they take drastic steps – they send her to a Christian camp for gay conversion therapy. Set in the 1990s, this pleasing picture took the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance.
2P1 30/6 10:00 Pupp Cinema 811 6/7 09:00 Grand HallDirected by: Alonso Ruizpalacios
Mexico, 2017, 128min.
Christmas Eve, 1985. While the family is eating dinner Juan decides to implement his plan: he and his best friend are going to rob the National Museum of Anthropology. Alonso Ruizpalacios’s engrossing heist movie, inspired by the greatest burglary in Mexican history, features Gael García Bernal in the starring role.
2D3 30/6 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Italy / Belgium, 2017, 93min.
Model, actress, singer, muse. Nico’s life is a tale of an uncompromising artist who found contentment in her work only after losing the majority of her fans. Her story, although an extreme case, relates a truth about the difficulties faced by many women, including artists and mothers, on their journey to true maturity.
315 1/7 14:00 Grand Hall 932 7/7 10:30 Congress HallDirected by: Stephen Moyer
USA, 2018, 96min.
The tragic death of the youngest sister (Anna Paquin) brings together members of a complicated family. The broken husband (Rhys Ifans) joins the siblings (Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon and Denis O’Hare) and the aging father (Ed Asner) on a journey, at whose end lie not only the effects the complex woman left behind but also a moving portrait of her, assembled from painful and joyful memories.
1D6 29/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5C1 3/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 931 7/7 08:30 Congress HallDirected by: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Italy / France, 2017, 85min.
The films of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been regarded as masterpieces of Italian cinema since the 1960s and their work is also familiar to visitors to the Karlovy Vary IFF. Their final joint film is inspired by the posthumous novel by well-known writer Beppe Fenoglio, who evokes the atmosphere of the last few months of the Second World War through the fate of a young intellectual fighting for the resistance in Northern Italy.
3H3 1/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 637 4/7 19:00 Congress Hall 7C5 5/7 18:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Isao Yukisada
Japan, 2018, 118min.
A group of high-schoolers from the outskirts of Tokyo engage in seemingly insignificant disputes. But in the context of both sincere and entirely self-seeking relationships, some individuals confront existential questions for the first time. Directed with a self-assured hand, the film offers a look at Japan’s teen generation – kids who are trying to take control of their lives without role models or any other assistance.
3K1 1/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 955 7/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2018, 234min.
1970s Philippines. With its “moderate” four-hour length, this stylistically clear-cut depiction of a cruel era under martial law comes off as rather brief – only, of course, in the context of Diaz’s impressively long prior films. Nevertheless, the maverick writer-director’s latest offering will surprise even loyal fans as it represents his first foray into new genre turf: the musical.
338 1/7 19:30 Congress Hall 453 2/7 14:00 Cinema B 8S1 6/7 22:30 Outdoor Cinema 9N1 7/7 10:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Kirill Serebrennikov
Russia / France, 2018, 126min.
Leningrad, the beginning of the 1980s. The grey gloom of political repression is brightened by an emerging edgy rock movement. Mike, frontman of the band Zoopark, meets young musician Viktor, who’s soon to become a Russian rock legend… Kirill Serebrennikov offers a visually polished tribute to artists whose music changed the world.
311 1/7 09:00 Grand Hall 4P6 2/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 9D9 7/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Warwick Thornton
Australia, 2017, 113min.
The Australian bush, Northern Territory, 1920s. Free Aborigine Sam gets on the wrong side of embittered war veteran Harry, who believes that the original inhabitants should still be wearing irons. This masterfully directed Australian Western about deeply embedded brutality and racism garnered the Special Jury Prize at Venice and the most coveted award at the Toronto IFF.
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).
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.
2N5 30/6 22:00 Národní dům Cinema 5N5 3/7 22:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Erik Poppe
Norway, 2018, 90min.
On July 22, 2011, a right-wing extremist attacked several hundred young people who were attending a summer camp sponsored by the Workers’ Youth League. Sixty-nine of them did not survive the rampage. Norwegian director Erik Poppe returns to the tragedy in order to see it through the eyes of the unsuspecting campers, who had to fight for their lives for a chaotic and interminable seventy minutes.
2P3 30/6 16:00 Pupp Cinema 5L7 3/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema 834 6/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Annemarie Jacir
Palestine / France / Germany / Colombia / Norway / Qatar / United Arab Emirates, 2017, 96min.
After many years in Italy, architect Shadi returns home to Nazareth for his sister’s wedding. And as an old Palestinian custom dictates, he and his father are to deliver the wedding invitations in person. Written and directed with care, the film takes viewers on a poignant journey toward mutual respect, out of which emerges a comprehensive mosaic of contemporary, if often contradictory, Palestine.
134 29/6 16:00 Congress Hall 3L7 1/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema 821 6/7 09:30 Small HallDirected by: Paul Dano
USA, 2018, 104min.
Acting icon of American independent film, Paul Dano debuts as director with an adaptation of a novel focusing on a thoughtful boy named Joe, whose adolescence in 1960s Montana is marked by his parents’ catastrophic marriage crisis. This solidly-built psychological drama features engaging performances from Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, and, above all, 16-year-old Ed Oxenbould.
2C1 30/6 09:00 Čas Cinema 5K6 3/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 9N5 7/7 22:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey / France / Germany / Bulgaria, 2018, 188min.
Sinan has always wanted to be a writer. Convinced of his own exceptionalism, he returns to his hometown where he would like to earn enough money to publish his own book. Instead, he finds himself caught up in the same debts as his father… This visually captivating film is a reminder of the ineluctability of fate.
519 3/7 22:30 Grand Hall 8P6 6/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Romain Gavras
France, 2018, 94min.
François deals drugs but he’ll only continue doing so until he saves up enough money to fulfil his dream – to become the official distributor of Mr. Freeze popsicles. However, things suddenly get out of hand and François is forced to take on one last job that will hopefully set things straight… A somewhat scatterbrained gang, consisting of his mum, two Mohammeds and his ex-stepfather, leaps into action.
123 29/6 15:30 Small Hall 4D2 2/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8K5 6/7 17:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Lucrecia Martel
Argentina / Brazil / Spain / France / Netherlands / Mexico / Portugal / USA, 2017, 115min.
A remote South American colony at the end of the 18th century. A Spanish official named Zama has been vainly expecting a letter from the king that is to sanction his transfer request to a more interesting locale. Hopefully it will arrive before he begins to show signs of the ill effects of years of isolation and frustration from peculiar bureaucratic willfulness. The fourth feature from the Argentinian icon of (post)modern film, a surreal and bizarre work, sometimes seems to treat viewers with a mischievous willfulness of its own.
2N2 30/6 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 4K7 2/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema 8N5 6/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema 924 7/7 18:30 Small HallDirected by: Jafar Panahi
Iran, 2018, 100min.
One day, well-known actress Behnaz Jafari receives a painfully cruel video from a girl whose parents have forbidden her to study acting. Behnaz immediately cancels the shoot she is working on and, accompanied by director Jafar Panahi, heads off to the locations where the video was made. Recipient of Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes festival, the film offers up a reflection on artistic freedom and acting, and on traditions that can enrich and restrict at the very same time.
3C2 1/7 10:00 Čas Cinema 5N2 3/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 824 6/7 18:30 Small HallDirected by: Mohamed Siam
Egypt / Lebanon / France / Germany / Norway / Denmark / Qatar, 2017, 83min.
This long-term observational portrait of teenager Amal takes us to post-revolution Egypt. The turbulent fate of the country is also reflected in the vague gender role of the protagonist, an intrepid street protest leader and devoted daughter obliged to find her way through the intricacies of an Arab society undergoing precipitous transformation.
2L6 30/6 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 4H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7N3 5/7 16:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Ísold Uggadóttir
Iceland, 2018, 100min.
While Lára, a single mother with a drug history, struggles with her oppressive situation in life, Adja is attempting illegally to get to her daughter into Canada via Iceland. When the two women’s lives intersect at passport control, neither of them realises to what extent coincidence will influence their future. A socio-critical drama which won Sundance’s Directing Award.
1P6 29/6 22:00 Pupp Cinema 619 4/7 22:30 Grand Hall 9N3 7/7 16:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Ali Abbasi
Sweden / Denmark, 2018, 102min.
Reclusive customs officer Tina is gifted with an extraordinary sense of smell. Any passengers trying to smuggle contraband won’t get very far: she can sniff out their fear and anxiety straight off. One day, however, suspicious-looking Vore walks past her and suddenly everything is different. This original variation on the Nordic noir detective genre about love, people, and other creatures won an award at the Cannes IFF 2018.
1H4 29/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre 5N3 3/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema 921 7/7 09:30 Small HallDirected by: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo
Italy, 2018, 96min.
Thanks to pure chance, two young men get an opportunity to work for the Mafia. The money piles up and they happily accept every assignment the syndicate gives them – it’s like a dream. And yet perhaps they have decided to grow up a little too fast. The narrative takes an uncompromising stance towards their social reality but also towards the protagonists themselves.
2P2 30/6 13:00 Pupp Cinema 422 2/7 12:30 Small Hall 8K6 6/7 20:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Nanouk Leopold
Netherlands / Belgium / Germany, 2017, 94min.
Bas Keizer excels as Cobain, a boy from a children’s home who works for the charismatic pimp Wickmayer. He takes care of the latter’s “merchandise” and, in his dealings with the prostitutes, he paradoxically finally finds his place in the world. Until the reappearance of his mother, who also used to walk the streets.
1N5 29/6 22:00 Národní dům Cinema 2C7 30/6 21:30 Čas Cinema 539 3/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Portugal / France / Brazil, 2018, 92min.
Diamantino is a Portuguese soccer player enjoying international stardom. When he fails to deliver the goods during an all-important championship cup final, he sets out on a delirious odyssey in search of talent and true love, during which he is confronted with the refugee crisis, genetic engineering, and neo-fascism. The piece earned a reputation as the most singular film at Cannes 2018 where it took the Critics’ Week Grand Prize.
221 30/6 09:30 Small Hall 722 5/7 12:30 Small Hall 8D2 6/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Sergei Loznitsa
Germany / Ukraine / France / Netherlands / Romania, 2018, 121min.
Poignant fragments of the spectral existence of an eastern Ukrainian republic straddling the border between law and injustice, fantasy and reality, dreams and nightmares. The artistically treated documentary material provides disturbing evidence of the intense bifurcation of fact and fiction in today’s pseudo-reality of media images.
1C5 29/6 18:30 Čas Cinema 455 2/7 20:00 Cinema B 7K6 5/7 20:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Hu Bo
China, 2018, 234min.
In the city of Manzhouli they say they have an elephant that sits and sits all day long. The peculiar legend about the apathetic pachyderm introduces a beautifully filmed elegy, in which four dejected protagonists bumble through a hopeless day. One of the most important film events of this year’s Berlinale, if not the entire festival season, screened in the Forum section away from the fight for those prestigious Bears.
139 29/6 22:00 Congress Hall 3P5 1/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 833 6/7 13:00 Congress HallDirected by: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Poland / Czech Republic / Sweden, 2018, 103min.
An unknown woman suffering from memory loss turns up one day at Warsaw’s main station. Two years later, going by the name of Alicja, she is recognised in a television programme and goes back to her family. Yet will she be able to relate to people who were once close to her but are now complete strangers? This atmospheric psychological drama is dominated by a focused performance from Gabriela Muskała, who also wrote the script for the film.
3K7 1/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema 4L1 2/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 7N4 5/7 19:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Kazakhstan / France, 2018, 100min.
Due to her father’s debts, Saltanat must exchange her simple life on the Kazakh steppe for the cynical world of the city, where promises and people have zero value. Kuandyk’s attempt to protect his beloved Saltanat in the cutthroat human jungle is as touching as it is naïve. The story of a powerful, pure love – something we judge as rarely attainable.
1H5 29/6 22:30 Husovka Theatre 4C1 2/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 6H5 4/7 22:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2017, 66min.
The latest film by the veteran Korean director focuses on a small café where customers meet around the tables. Only one woman sits alone and watches the others. Situations in life constantly repeat themselves, yet life is never the same. Just like filmmaking, which itself is endless movement.
1P5 29/6 19:00 Pupp Cinema 319 1/7 22:30 Grand Hall 5H5 3/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 7N5 5/7 22:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Gustav Möller
Denmark, 2018, 85min.
Asger is finishing one of the many annoying duties at the police station when he gets a call from a kidnapped woman. Can he help her quickly and with strategic savvy? A procedural thriller drawing on the Scandi crime drama tradition, which dispenses with action scenes without sacrificing its adrenaline punch.
339 1/7 22:00 Congress Hall 934 7/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Anja Kofmel
Switzerland / Croatia / Germany / Finland, 2018, 90min.
In 1992 the body of a young Swiss journalist was found in Croatia dressed in a uniform donned by international mercenaries. Nineteen years later his cousin Anja attempts to uncover the background to Chris’s murder. Following in his tracks she discovers a painful story of the search for conscience, adventure, and the meaning of war.
1N4 29/6 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 2L7 30/6 22:30 Lazne III Cinema 556 3/7 22:30 Cinema BDirected by: Ulrich Köhler
Germany / Italy, 2018, 120min.
Armin lives alone and avoids any and all commitments. He’s spent so long deciding among the options his freedom offers that they’ve now all become wasted opportunities. When he wakes up one day to discover that mankind has almost completely disappeared, he will, for the first time ever, have to decide what to do with his life…
3H4 1/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 737 5/7 19:00 Congress Hall 8N2 6/7 13:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Shahram Mokri
Iran, 2017, 102min.
Everyone is suspiciously pale. Humankind of the future is beset with epidemics. Part of the planet is shrouded in eternal darkness. The world is divided by impassable borders. This spectacular game played with the viewer brings together a dystopia, a sports-world crime drama, and a mysterious romance laced with vampirism – all in a single shot.
256 30/6 22:30 Cinema B 656 4/7 22:30 Cinema B 735 5/7 17:00 Congress HallDirected by: Manuel Abramovich
Argentina / Spain / Brazil, 2017, 72min.
We’re on the set of the period film Zama by director Lucrecia Martel, where actors in Spanish colonisers’ wigs pull on cigarettes and are then, moments later, running away from menacing-looking Indians covered in war paint. Light Years offers a glimpse into the working methods of South America’s most prominent female filmmaker while, instead of the traditional peeks behind the scenes, it serves up a restrained, poetic observational piece.
1L5 29/6 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 439 2/7 22:00 Congress Hall 5H4 3/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 6N5 4/7 22:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer
France, 2018, 103min.
Fact, memories and imaginings merge together in this explosive drama, in which dancer, actress, screenwriter and director Andréa Bescond processes her own traumatic experiences as a child who was sexually abused by a family friend. This rousing picture, incorporating moments of humour despite its weighty theme, was a hit at Cannes this year.
227 30/6 21:30 Small Hall 4P3 2/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 635 4/7 17:00 Congress HallDirected by: John Caroll Lynch
USA, 2017, 88min.
A remembrance of the late Harry Dean Stanton, who died in 2017. The film narrative catches Lucky at a time when his daily routine is interrupted. Forced to face up to his own mortality, Lucky feels that all his jovial fellow citizens should be conscious of the inevitability of death and the subsequent void, and that this knowledge needn’t be a painful experience.
2N3 30/6 16:00 Národní dům Cinema 5N1 3/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema 7L7 5/7 22:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Olga Chajdas
Poland, 2018, 130min.
Nina can’t have children, and it seems that the only way to save her languishing marriage is to find a surrogate to carry a baby for her and husband Wojtek. Meeting the independent Magda causes her to doubt taking such a major step because the young woman evokes feelings in her she never even knew were possible.
1L3 29/6 13:30 Lazne III Cinema 4C7 2/7 21:30 Čas Cinema 6K5 4/7 17:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Alireza Khatami
France / Germany / Netherlands / Chile, 2017, 92min.
One day the caretaker of the morgue at a state-run cemetery finds the body of a girl, who was killed during a demonstration, hidden in a pullout cabinet. Although he’s on the run, he decides to bury her properly. The protagonist’s journey is a concatenation of poetic encounters. The desire for life and to remain open to the poetry of the world wins out over death and destruction.
1D3 29/6 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4L7 2/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema 6C7 4/7 21:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Guillaume Senez
Belgium / France, 2018, 98min.
We try to be successful at work, in our relationships, and in carrying out family responsibilities. But sometimes it becomes impossible, as Olivier discovers when his marriage falls apart, perhaps because he took it for granted. A masterly minimalist drama about a man left alone to face his life.
154 29/6 17:00 Cinema B 3N1 1/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema 6L3 4/7 13:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Babis Makridis
Greece / Poland, 2018, 99min.
The story of a man who only feels happy when he is unhappy. And to be happy he’s willing to do anything… A brutal comedy about an addiction to sorrow and pity, co-authored by top scribe of the Greek Weird Wave, Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster, Alps, The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
1L6 29/6 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 3P3 1/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 727 5/7 21:30 Small HallDirected by: Timur Bekmambetov
United Kingdom / USA / Russia / Cyprus, 2018, 105min.
To aid her in investigating the recruitment of girls into ISIS, a journalist sets up a fake Facebook account and is immediately contacted by one of the members of the terrorist organization. The new thriller from Timur Bekmambetov, which takes place entirely on a computer screen, keeps the suspense ratcheted up tight until the very last moment.
255 30/6 20:00 Cinema B 6N2 4/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 8D9 6/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia
Argentina / Denmark, 2018, 107min.
Author and protagonist Robertina is readying a career-defining one-woman show. Everything has been arranged, they’re just touching up her smile on the posters. For her, uncertainty in life evokes an innate reaction: unrelenting fear. Robertina must once again prove that she can use it as a creative force.
211 30/6 09:00 Grand Hall 8N1 6/7 10:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Wanuri Kahiu
Kenya, 2018, 82min.
The first Kenyan film to be chosen for Cannes’ Official Selection presents the new face of African cinema, which boldly breaks down traditional taboos. In this case the story of two schoolgirls who fall in love, even though their fathers are political rivals and, moreover, firmly entrenched in a fierce campaign…
137 29/6 19:00 Congress Hall 5C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 9H5 7/7 22:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Denis Côté
Canada / Switzerland / France, 2017, 94min.
This merciless observational piece focuses on modern gladiators (wrestlers, bodybuilders, and trainers) who maintain extreme diets, toil in the weight room, and follow a strict daily routine. Each of these peak individuals has a different goal, but they all share the same obsession: to push beyond the limits of their bodies.
356 1/7 22:30 Cinema B 5N4 3/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 627 4/7 21:30 Small HallDirected by: Wolfgang Fischer
Germany / Austria, 2018, 94min.
A successful German doctor fulfils a long-held dream to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. She is prepared for anything – at least she thinks she is. However, her pilgrimage to Ascension Island is cut short when she comes across a boat overloaded with refugees.
124 29/6 18:30 Small Hall 355 1/7 20:00 Cinema B 6C5 4/7 18:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Sergei Loznitsa
Germany, 2018, 94min.
Seventy years on from the end of the war, celebrating the victory over Nazism is a red-letter day which propels many people to don their best outfits, folk costumes and military uniforms and, with an intense sense of national pride, set off to honour its memory. An observational documentary that conveys the power of ideology and nostalgia as it captures the celebrations in Berlin’s Treptower Park.
233 30/6 13:00 Congress Hall 5P5 3/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 9L1 7/7 10:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Keren Ben Rafael
France / Israel / Belgium, 2017, 91min.
Teenager Lana has had just about enough of her dull hometown, her mother, and her mother’s failing beach café. But things start to look up with the arrival of a young journalist and the rumour that a mermaid has been spotted near the shore. A movie filled with poetic images of the sea coast that brings back memories of adolescence, a time when we were seething with rebellion but were also highly vulnerable.
252 30/6 11:30 Cinema B 521 3/7 09:30 Small Hall 855 6/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Johann Lurf
Austria, 2017, 99min.
Johann Lurf compiled his film solely from images of the universe drawn from a total of 550 films across motion picture history. The result is a compelling poetic essay that is as much about the way we represent outer space as it is about the cosmos itself.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Flame, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Forest Paths, Phantom Ride Phantom, Elegy, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Sara Magenheimer
USA, 2017, 7min.
This rich collage of shots, drawn from security camera images, pop culture, political newscasts, and even medieval art, is a playful exploration of the boundaries and character of everyday narratives.
2H2 30/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre 452 2/7 11:30 Cinema B 831 6/7 08:30 Congress HallDirected by: Khalik Allah
USA / Jamaica, 2018, 77min.
This seminal cinematic portrait of Jamaica and its inhabitants compellingly merges the country’s spiritual, material, historical, and cultural contexts into a visual poem with a unique rhythm and an engaging narrative. Khalik Allah has created a colorful collage of the island nation, with images that exist almost between dream and reality.
2K7 30/6 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema 4H5 2/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 739 5/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
France, 2017, 90min.
While studying in France in the 1980s, Issei Sagawa shot his roommate, raped her corpse, and then began to eat it. Shot in extreme closeups that elicit feelings of revulsion, the documentary takes the viewer on an anthropological journey to the very limits of humanity, to a world of forbidden desire, fetish, and morality twisted beyond recognition.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Flame, Art and Theft, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Forest Paths, Phantom Ride Phantom, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Louis Rizzo-Naudi
United Kingdom, 2017, 8min.
For 20 years the Cassini planetary probe supplied humanity with new findings on the moons and rings of Saturn. Using archive footage and staged scenes, an original lament emerged for this particular space mission that organically links unknown desolate spaces, technology, and humans’ very existence.
3C5 1/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 555 3/7 20:00 Cinema B 755 5/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Željka Suková
Croatia, 2018, 60min.
A boy and girl wandering alone through lush terrain undergo a journey to real and imagined landscapes. This cinematic diptych by Croatian director Željka Suková is a playful allegory with an original approach to sound.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Art and Theft, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Forest Paths, Phantom Ride Phantom, Elegy, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Sami van Ingen
Finland, 2018, 15min.
Three years ago a negative was found of a lost Finnish film made in 1937. After years of natural chemical processes and gradual degradation, the nitrate frames transformed the images of the filmed melodrama. Portions of the scanned negative, with all their defects left as is, make up a fascinating materialization of time and bear witness to the mutability of meaning and perception.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Flame, Art and Theft, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Phantom Ride Phantom, Elegy, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Michiel van Baken
Netherlands, 2017, 3min.
By mutually overlapping and approaching each other, mildly distorted images that have been photographed by a device sensitive to infrared radiation produce an almost hypnotic collage. This enchanting short film – created through optical illusion, perspective, the objects under observation, and even the camera itself – can cause one’s head to spin.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Flame, Art and Theft, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Forest Paths, Phantom Ride Phantom, Elegy, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Herwig Weiser
Austria / Russia, 2017, 11min.
An abandoned upscale constructivist building in the middle of Moscow recalls the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Exploring the darkened rooms, stairways, and corridors at once becomes an investigation of an architecture inseparable from its history. As in a horror movie, spectral figures come to life that are caught in a web of time.
131 29/6 08:30 Congress Hall 756 5/7 22:30 Cinema B 9C7 7/7 21:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
USA, 2017, 65min.
Guy Maddin and collaborators Evan and Galen Johnson used hundreds of film and television clips to create a fascinating tribute to San Francisco and to what is perhaps the best known movie ever shot there: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. And like that work, their film provides an obsessively erotic, topographic, and cinephilic experience.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Flame, Art and Theft, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Forest Paths, Phantom Ride Phantom, ElegyDirected by: Lukas Marxt
Germany / Austria, 2018, 14min.
The Imperial Valley stretches to the southern border of California. Through the efforts and investment of the agricultural industry, an inhospitable desert region was transformed into an oasis of verdure whose existence is subject to the strictly defined demands of human engineering. Contemplating the relationship between the landscape and civilization, the film unfolds in almost abstract shots taken from a bird’s-eye view.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Flame, Art and Theft, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, Forest Paths, Elegy, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Austria, 2017, 10min.
Austrian film structuralist Siegfried A. Fruhauf takes inspiration from elements of the so-called phantom rides of silent film and transforms them into a distinctively original spectral trip, in which he tackles symmetry and perspective, and sets in motion an eternal conflict between industrial technology and elusive nature.
2C5 30/6 18:30 Čas Cinema 4K2 2/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema 654 4/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Luke Sullivan
Australia, 2018, 74min.
Eluding easy genre categorization, the film captures two characters, an aging clown and his daughter, in their oppressive microcosm full of aggression, loathing, fear, and anger. The visually spellbinding approach relies on a daring concept that aims to continually agitate and thereby create a uniquely rich viewing experience.
251 30/6 09:00 Cinema B 7H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 8C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema This film will be screened with films: Government House, Flame, Art and Theft, Forest Paths, Phantom Ride Phantom, Elegy, Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)Directed by: Fern Silva
USA, 2017, 9min.
Soothing shots of the countryside complement a picturesque image of the landscape. But something hangs in the air and change is unstoppable. The creeping specter of a horrifying future permeates the environment. The found-footage film, which can be read as a portrait of the United States before the last presidential election, excels for original work with music and imagination.
153 29/6 14:00 Cinema B 353 1/7 14:00 Cinema B 6H4 4/7 19:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Scott Barley
United Kingdom, 2017, 90min.
A spectral landscape where human traces have completely disappeared. Only animals under the cover of darkness quietly await the arrival of a mystic spirit diffusing over the forest basins. This feature-length cinematic nocturne is a nightmare, a romantic excursion into unbridled wilderness, and an apocalyptic vision in one.
352 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 4H4 2/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 8C2 6/7 10:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: James Benning
USA, 1977, 82min.
James Benning, who has been breaking the habits of even the more indiscriminate fans of non-narrative film since the 1970s, dispensed with a classic story in this, his newly-restored first feature. Emanating a childlike joy from the surprising possibilities of a pure cinematic language, the work toys with the relationship between the characters, props, movements, and spaces of semantically unconnected scenes.
437 2/7 19:00 Congress Hall 8L7 6/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: CleanDirected by: Lora Mure-Ravaud
Switzerland, 2017, 22min.
Fleeting encounters, a mutual attraction that requires no words. Two lonely people who meet in an unusual place. Leila works as a croupier at a hotel casino in a predominantly male environment; Camil books himself a room in the same hotel… A fragment of the life of a woman whose singular appearance prompts a myriad of questions; Leila, however, guards her privacy assiduously.
437 2/7 19:00 Congress Hall 8L7 6/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: BlackjackDirected by: Neven Samardžić
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2017, 38min.
Fudo is a drug addict, but after his best friend overdoses he is determined to stay clean. He’s confident that, this time, it’ll definitely work out. With no money and no dignity, he begins the first day of his new life. An optimistically realistic film which reminds us that junkies deserve hope too.
537 3/7 19:00 Congress Hall 9L7 7/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Where the Summer Goes (chapters on youth), Warm Comedy about Depression, Madness and Unfulfilled DreamsDirected by: David Gurgulia
Georgia, 2017, 29min.
The language of God can’t be learned if you can’t speak it already. Nor can it be recorded or reproduced. Despite this warning, Mithras, a sound engineer, heads out to a sacred reserve to spend a week trying to do just that. Armed with technical equipment, he disturbs a world of endless silence, a world permeated with mysticism and ritual. The seven days spent together with the community at the reserve, however, change not only Mithras but also those who speak the divine language.
534 3/7 16:00 Congress Hall 9L6 7/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Regained MemoryDirected by: Hleb Papou
Italy, 2017, 13min.
Daniel is an officer in a police special operations unit which has been given the task of clearing out a house full of immigrants. He, himself, is a descendant of African newcomers and the situation is made worse by the fact that his brother and mother live in the house as well. The time has come for him to decide whether to remain loyal to the establishment or to his own roots.
434 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall 8L6 6/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: 1981, Sweet Home CzyzewoDirected by: Judita Gamulin
Croatia, 2017, 18min.
Marica’s husband has problems again and, for her, it’s the last straw that prevents her from returning home from work, but it’s also what allows her to finally be on her own. To have the time to reflect upon the life she doesn’t have and possibly can’t ever have. A fragile film about a moment that can change everything in the life of a middle-aged woman.
534 3/7 16:00 Congress Hall 9L6 7/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: The LegionnaireDirected by: Stijn Bouma
Netherlands / Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018, 51min.
Fading memories and tough responsibilities that require a clear head, since following one’s heart isn’t enough. These are problems that weigh down upon Amir, a recently widowed man. A perceptive film about the parallels between childhood and parenthood, and about a past we have to accept so we can fully appreciate the present.
434 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall 8L6 6/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Marica, 1981Directed by: Jakub Radej
Poland, 2017, 28min.
“You’re not local anymore,” Marcin is told when he returns to his hometown after spending three years in America. The truth behind this remark becomes very clear to the young man the day after he gets back. Within twenty-four hours he loses everything he’s been looking forward to and has hitherto believed in.
537 3/7 19:00 Congress Hall 9L7 7/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Where the Summer Goes (chapters on youth), DialectDirected by: Michal Ďuriš
Slovak Republic, 2017, 22min.
States of depression or mild insanity shouldn’t immediately be viewed as something negative. Talented director Michal Ďuriš portrays a family whose members have known each other for so long that it’s difficult to differentiate between love and cabin fever. Everyone will experience a crisis at some point in their lives, but it’s important to talk about it. Even if it means potential dialogue will be replaced with sticky notes.
537 3/7 19:00 Congress Hall 9L7 7/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Dialect, Warm Comedy about Depression, Madness and Unfulfilled DreamsDirected by: David Pinheiro Vicente
Portugal, 2018, 20min.
One baking hot day a group of youngsters take off for the river. To pass the time they amuse themselves with the story of a man whose pet snake tried to swallow him whole; it seems that, in sharing this tale, they unwittingly set the tone of this lazy, carefree day. The stifling heat and the sensuality of the pervasive natural surroundings awaken feelings that would otherwise have remained well and truly hidden.
434 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall 8L6 6/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Marica, Sweet Home CzyzewoDirected by: Dawid Ullgren
Sweden, 2017, 13min.
Gay saunas have their specific rules, which might be summed up as “what happens in the sauna, stays in the sauna”. And that’s what married couple Ivar and Pål are hoping as they set off with the aim of adding some zest to the partner stereotype. A film about love and about the kind of excesses one should only treat oneself to once in a while.
4C8 2/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 928 7/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: John Carpenter
USA, 1986, 99min.
Never take a guy’s wheels. Ripped-off truck driver Jack Burton sets out for Little China in order to do battle against the aged Chinese demon Lo Pan and rescue two green-eyed beauties. And, actually, save the world to boot. All in a day’s work.
328 1/7 23:59 Small Hall 828 6/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: Newt Arnold
USA, 1988, 92min.
At least once in his life, every boy has wanted to learn a martial art, and whoever denies this claim has never seen Bloodsport. The hero is Frank Dux, who has been training his whole life for just one thing – to battle to victory in an arena where boys become men.
1C8 29/6 23:59 Čas Cinema 628 4/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: Russell Mulcahy
United Kingdom / USA, 1986, 116min.
They come from the dawn of time, quietly traversing the centuries. They live among us, fighting and falling in love. Connor MacLeod, immortal, was born in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century. Only another immortal can kill him. He and his challenger are battling their way to a final encounter. In the end only one can remain.
128 29/6 23:59 Small Hall 3C8 1/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 528 3/7 23:59 Small Hall 7C8 5/7 23:59 Čas CinemaDirected by: Panos Cosmatos
United Kingdom / Belgium, 2018, 121min.
What happens when a religious sect and its demonic, tripping motorcycle gang take away the one thing you love? Simple, you forge a giant ax and set out on a bloody trail of revenge. Nicolas Cage unexpectedly returns as a lone avenger in the psychedelic ride of the year.
2C8 30/6 23:59 Čas Cinema 428 2/7 23:59 Small Hall 6C8 4/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 8C8 6/7 23:59 Čas CinemaDirected by: Shinichiro Ueda
Japan, 2017, 96min.
A crazy horror comedy about the fact that shooting a zombie movie in one take is harder than you think. Especially when the actors are drunk. Or when they become real zombies. A flick about the pitfalls of the craft of filmmaking that shows what it’s really like to tear someone a new one.
5C8 3/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 9C8 7/7 23:59 Čas CinemaDirected by: John McTiernan
USA, 1987, 107min.
“I ain’t got time to bleed.” A military commando team, hastily called up on a rescue mission to the Val Verde jungle, is made up of the toughest guys on the planet. Too bad, though, because their adversary is not of this world, and the cosmic carnivore has chosen Earth as its hunting ground.…
334 1/7 16:00 Congress Hall 6L6 4/7 19:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: David Ondříček
Czech Republic, 2018, 150min.
David Ondříček’s TV film looks back at one of the country's greatest mining tragedies. In 1961 a fire broke out in the Dukla mine near Ostrava and killed 108 miners. This rousing family drama heads slowly towards a needless and incomprehensible disaster that resonates in the harsh region to this very day.
1H1 29/6 10:30 Husovka Theatre 4N3 2/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema 753 5/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Jan Švankmajer
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 97min.
Can the creative process be more important than the work itself? Director Jan Švankmajer follows a troupe of nonprofessional actors rehearsing for a theatre performance in a small town while, at the same time, inviting the viewer onto the stage as well, where surrealism’s legacy is interwoven with the magic of human dreams, and where most of the questions that arise don’t have rational answers.
1H2 29/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre 351 1/7 09:00 Cinema B 7L5 5/7 16:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Martin Šulík
Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Austria, 2018, 113min.
Who suffers more, the son of the victim or the son of the murderer? Presented at the Berlinale, Martin Šulík’s coproduction drama follows a journey taken by two dissimilar men who are bound together by the tragedy of the Holocaust. Starring Jiří Menzel and Peter Simonischek, a familiar face from the successful Toni Erdmann.
122 29/6 12:30 Small Hall 451 2/7 09:00 Cinema B 822 6/7 12:30 Small HallDirected by: Aurel Klimt
Czech Republic, 2017, 88min.
The real Laika didn’t survive her journey into outer space. In this puppet musical, however, the plucky dog manages to reach a remote planet that man has yet to conquer – for the time being, at any rate. Animator Aurel Klimt looks to the Czech puppet tradition forged by Jiří Trnka to create a tale about the unexpected champions of the Space Race.
2L4 30/6 14:00 Lazne III Cinema 4H2 2/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 856 6/7 22:30 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: ScalamareDirected by: Miroslav Janek
Czech Republic, 2018, 37min.
Markétka is happy when she can talk, paint, or ride the bus. The 16-year-old girl suffers from Rett syndrome, and thus her mental capacity is that of a two-year-old. Documentarist Miroslav Janek looks once again with empathy at the world of people who are “other” and at those closest to them who are tasked with contemplating their future.
3L6 1/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 454 2/7 17:00 Cinema B 553 3/7 14:00 Cinema B 8H4 6/7 19:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Klára Tasovská, Lukáš Kokeš
Czech Republic, 2017, 92min.
“We got nothing to complain about; other places it’s even worse” – or so goes the standard mantra repeated by teenagers in the border town of Varnsdorf. Employing uncommonly intimate detail, Lukáš Kokeš and Klára Tasovská’s documentary looks into the problems that plague teenagers living on the social fringes – problems often unseen by the rest of the country.
2L4 30/6 14:00 Lazne III Cinema 4H2 2/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 856 6/7 22:30 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Markéta Wants Her BagDirected by: Jiří Kylián
Czech Republic / Netherlands, 2017, 11min.
The memorial to the victims of the First World War in Ancona, Italy, whose stairs have a magnificent view of waves breaking on the Adriatic Sea. A couple returning to the place they honeymooned 40 years earlier. A visually elegant miniature directed by world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián, where words are unnecessary because dance says it all.
2H1 30/6 10:30 Husovka Theatre 533 3/7 13:00 Congress Hall 853 6/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Jakub Šmíd
Czech Republic, 2018, 107min.
Eleven-year-old Jakub can’t stand his stepsister or his domineering grandma. To make matters worse he finds out that his workhorse of a mother lied to him about his father, who is certainly not navigating any maritime vessel, as she would have him believe. Family ties are sorely put to the test in Jakub Šmíd’s understated drama, an adaptation of the award-winning novella To Disappear by Petra Soukupová.
2L5 30/6 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 4H1 2/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 754 5/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Miroslav Janek
Czech Republic, 2017, 84min.
Creative fervour and the genesis of several legendary Czech films are mapped out in this documentary portrayal of a man whose life was defined by his passion for film. Jiří Brdečka became celebrated for his animation works and also for his screenplays written for the likes of Jan Werich and Oldřich Lipský. Documentarist Miroslav Janek allows us a glimpse into the filmmaker’s private world.
152 29/6 11:30 Cinema B 3H1 1/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 6L5 4/7 16:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Jan Gebert
Czech Republic / Croatia, 2018, 76min.
“We’ll become legends of our time,” states one of the members of the Slovak Recruits paramilitary group, which puts young people through inhumane drills and aims to “defend and preserve the nation”. Jan Gebert’s documentary, screened at the Berlinale, observes a youngster with authoritarian inclinations, part of a growing nationalism in unexpected age groups.
2K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema 522 3/7 12:30 Small Hall 9K6 7/7 20:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Andrew Bujalski
USA, 2013, 92min.
Computer Chess is set in the 1980s at a man-versus-computer chess tournament. The film is a comedic and philosophical examination of the relationship between ideas and technology and of the absurdity accompanying innovation.
3K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Speed of Light, Fair Sisters, Mask of Sarnath, Leonardo, Jr., Invasion of the Aluminum PeopleDirected by: Tom Huckabee, Will Van Overbeek
USA, 1981, 12min.
Death of a Rock Star is an homage to the late great singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison. It is an image-laden, almost surreal film, which integrates actual events from Morrison’s life into a patterned structure, held together by a new score by Adrian Quesada.
2K3 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L3 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Skunk, Rat Pack Rat, 1985, The Rabbit Hunt, PioneerDirected by: Jazmin Diaz
USA, 2015, 11min.
Jazmin Diaz was an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin when she made this short film, a stunningly effective naturalistic story of a struggling Texas family, and a rare window into Tex-Mex “border” culture.
228 30/6 23:59 Small Hall 728 5/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: Robert Rodriguez
USA, 1992, 81min.
Before making box-office smash hits like Sin City and Spy Kids, Robert Rodriguez went to Mexico with $7,000 and a screenplay about a Mariachi singer who gets mistaken for a hitman. The film was bought by Columbia Pictures, screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and set Robert off on his Hollywood trajectory.
3K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Speed of Light, Mask of Sarnath, Death of a Rock Star, Leonardo, Jr., Invasion of the Aluminum PeopleDirected by: Missy Boswell, Edward Lowry, Louis Black
USA, 1981, 7min.
Fair Sisters appropriately enough is a tribute in many ways to Jonathan Demme’s first film Caged Heat (1979, New World Pictures). The film, directed by Louis Black, Missy Boswell, and the late great Ed Lowry, concerns the robbery of a high stakes poker game.
3K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Speed of Light, Fair Sisters, Mask of Sarnath, Death of a Rock Star, Leonardo, Jr.Directed by: David Boone
USA, 1981, 30min.
This remarkable film celebrates fifties science fiction films, aluminum, and life in the modern world. A science fiction mystery of sorts. The film can also be seen as an allegorical testimony for “the Church of the Sub-Genius” (a satirical, parody religion started by artists and musicians).
1C3 29/6 12:30 Čas Cinema 5C5 3/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 933 7/7 13:00 Congress HallDirected by: David Zellner
USA, 2012, 83min.
Brothers David and Nathan Zellner began making shorts together in the 1990s, and their latest film Damsel competed at Berlin. In Kid-Thing, a deviant 10-year-old tomboy spends her days engaging in fully destructive behavior until she discovers an old woman stuck at the bottom of a well. The movie was described in Screen Daily as “backwoods weirdness with a pop-art sensibility.”
237 30/6 19:00 Congress Hall 6L8 4/7 23:00 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Eagle Pennell
USA, 1983, 84min.
Eagle Pennell, Texas’ own outlaw filmmaker, came out of a world full of saloons and country people, barmaids, drunks, schemers, and small time criminals. Not surprisingly, he chose to realize a film that would capture “a dying breed of Westerner” whose existence was threatened by Texas’ sprawling urban development and ever-growing oil wealth.
3K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Speed of Light, Fair Sisters, Mask of Sarnath, Death of a Rock Star, Invasion of the Aluminum PeopleDirected by: Lorrie Oshatz
USA, 1981, 7min.
Leonardo, Jr. is a loving tribute to the wonderful silent comedy work of Buster Keaton. Writer, director, and actor Lorrie Oshatz tastefully and affectionately creates a catalogue of humorous situations with the style and grace of the Master.
3K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Speed of Light, Fair Sisters, Death of a Rock Star, Leonardo, Jr., Invasion of the Aluminum PeopleDirected by: Neil Ruttenberg
USA, 1981, 20min.
Mask of Sarnath, a finalist for the 1980 Student Academy Awards, is structured as an entry in the horror film genre. The theme of the film, “Evil Never Dies,” dominates the narrative and is backed by a hauntingly eerie soundtrack recorded especially for the film by Throbbing Gristle, a British punk/art/new wave rock group with a following on two continents.
2K3 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L3 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Skunk, Rat Pack Rat, 1985, The Rabbit Hunt, Dried MeatDirected by: David Lowery
USA, 2011, 16min.
Dallas-based David Lowery (director of A Ghost Story and Disney’s Pete’s Dragon) created his own genre of lyrical earth-bound mysticism in his short films, which he carried into his remarkable feature work. Pioneer, made shortly before his second, break-out feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, is a simple bedtime story told to a young boy, and 16 minutes of pure cinema magic.
2K3 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L3 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Skunk, Rat Pack Rat, 1985, Dried Meat, PioneerDirected by: Patrick Bresnan
USA, 2017, 12min.
Austin-based artists and filmmakers Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas join forces to make remarkably cinematic, thickly atmospheric non-fiction films. Over several years they have focused on the residents of an old sugar cane plantation town in Florida where isolation and poverty exist alongside resilience, community, and creativity. This short film explores the local practice of rabbit hunting.
2K3 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L3 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Skunk, 1985, The Rabbit Hunt, Dried Meat, PioneerDirected by: Todd Rohal
USA, 2014, 19min.
Todd Rohal’s dark, comedic cinema is inspired by slapstick, vaudeville, silent-era comedies, and the bizarre and grotesque. This short, which won a major prize at the Sundance Film Festival, is about a terminally ill young man visited by a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator.
2K3 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L3 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Rat Pack Rat, 1985, The Rabbit Hunt, Dried Meat, PioneerDirected by: Annie Silverstein
USA, 2014, 15min.
Annie Silverstein’s short film about a girl, her dog, and an encounter at a swimming hole bears an intimate connection to its Texas environs and has a searing authenticity. Silverstein made the film while a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. The film was awarded the top prize of the Cannes Cinéfondation.
314 1/7 11:30 Grand Hall 721 5/7 09:30 Small HallDirected by: Richard Linklater
USA, 1991, 97min.
The film that defined Austin, Texas for a generation. Richard Linklater enlisted his local community to help him make a visionary feature that would take shape through a chain of interactions over the course of a single day, the action moving from one scene to the next by following each new character. The film is known as one of the defining American movies of the 1990s.
1K5 29/6 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L1 6/7 10:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Greece / USA, 2000, 95min.
The Slow Business of Going is a wild experiment involving a patchwork of film images and references, in a story about a young woman who travels the world collecting audiovisual material. Tsangari’s first feature, made with a grant from the Austin Film Society, heralds the artist’s dexterity with film logic and language, and with imaginative cultural critique.
239 30/6 22:00 Congress Hall 9L5 7/7 16:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Bob Byington
USA, 2012, 76min.
Somebody Up There Likes Me stars Nick Offerman as the sidekick of a young slacker who bumbles and fails his way through romantic encounters. Film Comment noted that “the film remains true to the Byington spirit – snapshots of life bursting with disappointment and desperation, dished up tongue in cheek, laced with offbeat wit, and offered in a spirit of fun.”
3K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 7H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Fair Sisters, Mask of Sarnath, Death of a Rock Star, Leonardo, Jr., Invasion of the Aluminum PeopleDirected by: Brian Hansen
USA, 1981, 30min.
Speed of Light is best described, in the words of its creators, as a “screaming red piece of time crash-landing in the cultural backwash of the American Gothic.” Directed by Brian Hansen, the film also features a soundtrack by Radio Free Europe, an Austin new wave/art rock/mechanical noise group of which Hansen was a member.
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.
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.
1K3 29/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 621 4/7 09:30 Small HallDirected by: Laura Dunn
USA, 2007, 97min.
Focusing on the rapid development of Austin and how it threatens the city’s pristine natural resources, Dunn weaves a tale about land and culture that is enthralling and poetic, a story of how environment shapes people. Her collaborators include Robert Redford and Austin-based Terrence Malick, the luminaries of environmentally-connected filmmaking.
2K3 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8L3 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema This film will be screened with films: Skunk, Rat Pack Rat, The Rabbit Hunt, Dried Meat, PioneerDirected by: Yen Tan
USA, 2016, 9min.
This beautiful Dallas-made short depicts a moment of humanity shared between a disease-stricken young man and a door-to-door makeup saleswoman. His feature version of 1985, which was elaborated from the short, premiered at SXSW 2018.
1K1 29/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 322 1/7 12:30 Small Hall 923 7/7 15:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: The Linen, The Ferry, The Mail, Earth of the BlindDirected by: Audrius Stonys
Lithuania, 1995, 20min.
Audrius Stonys’ Antigravitation is a continuation of the new poetic cinema of the “break generation.” Silence is a common feature in all the documentaries of this school. Symbolically, it represents the silence of freedom in the wake of the uproar of independence rallies.
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, El Dorado, The Old Man and the Land, Ten Minutes Older, A Trip Through Misty MeadowsDirected by: Henrikas Šablevičius
Lithuania, 1973, 10min.
When Henrikas Šablevičius started filming Lithuanian “oddballs” he invented a bizarre new genre of documentary biopic. Characteristic of these portraits is a sense of mocking irony directed not at their subjects but at the “Soviet hero” genre. The subject of this film is Apolinaras, a kindhearted policeman who even outwardly looks very unlike the ideological “guardian of morals.”
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, Apolinaras, El Dorado, The Old Man and the Land, Ten Minutes Older, A Trip Through Misty MeadowsDirected by: Uldis Brauns
Latvia, 1961, 10min.
The Beginning is the first instalment of Brauns’s trilogy dedicated to large-scale construction development in Latvia. It captures the building process of a hydroelectric station on the country’s largest river. Observation of the builders, drivers, and engineers at work highlights the human aspect of construction work.
2H4 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre 4C5 2/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 832 6/7 10:30 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: 511 Best Photographs of Mars, Woman from Kihnu, Midsummer DayDirected by: Aivars Freimanis
Latvia, 1963, 20min.
The film was shot in a fishing village on the west coast of Latvia, the then western border of the Soviet Union. To make this short film, the filmmakers spent the whole summer living and working in the village, which resulted in a picture that offers a personal take on its characters and demonstrates a true interest in the individual in his natural surroundings – an unusual trait at that time.
2H3 30/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 6L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 837 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: Pikk Street, Peasants, We Were at Our Own Field, In Memory of a Day Gone ByDirected by: Robertas Verba
Lithuania, 1969, 17min.
Ironically, The Dreams of the Centenarians was submitted as a feature for the centenary of Lenin’s birth. It was the simplest way to secure authorization to film old Lithuanian people (some of whom were actually a hundred years old). The filmmaker also satisfied the Soviet censors’ requirement to focus on working-class people.
1K1 29/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 322 1/7 12:30 Small Hall 923 7/7 15:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: The Linen, The Ferry, The Mail, AntigravitationDirected by: Audrius Stonys
Lithuania, 1992, 25min.
Audrius Stonys, another “break generation” filmmaker, debuted with Earth of the Blind, which came to serve as the generation’s manifesto. Stonys was a disciple of documentary filmmaker Henrikas Šablevičius, and the latter’s influence is present in Earth of the Blind, a picture that weaves the new generation’s silent aesthetics and novel characters into the old visual poetics.
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, The Old Man and the Land, Ten Minutes Older, A Trip Through Misty MeadowsDirected by: Ülo Tambek
Estonia, 1971, 22min.
Different eras and geographical locations have their own dreamscapes. Here, however, the mythical El Dorado is a mining site. Tambek does not simply document miners’ lives, but creates an image of a secluded universe far away from social norms, one that engenders a unified space between reality and dream.
1K1 29/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 322 1/7 12:30 Small Hall 923 7/7 15:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: The Linen, The Mail, Earth of the Blind, AntigravitationDirected by: Laila Pakalniņa
Latvia, 1994, 16min.
In the wake of Latvian independence, we see brief moments from the daily lives of people living in two different countries: the ferry on the Daugava river connects villagers across the newly established Latvia-Belarus border. A meditative portrait of a place at the end of the world, far from the hubbub of the nationalism that was characteristic of the early nineties.
2H3 30/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 6L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 837 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Dreams of the Centenarians, Pikk Street, Peasants, We Were at Our Own FieldDirected by: Šarūnas Bartas
Lithuania, 1990, 40min.
Šarūnas Bartas’s documentary In Memory of the Day Gone By is one of the first works by the “break generation” of Lithuanian filmmakers who debuted in the 1990s. Marginalized members of society and people with disabilities, unseen in earlier documentaries, came to be principle characters in the new generation’s works, while settings shifted from romanticized countrysides to soiled cities.
1K1 29/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 322 1/7 12:30 Small Hall 923 7/7 15:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: The Ferry, The Mail, Earth of the Blind, AntigravitationDirected by: Laila Pakalniņa
Latvia, 1991, 11min.
The first part of a trilogy, the film follows a delivery van driver who brings linen to a children’s hospital. As a backdrop to the deliveries, the movie presents small details of the hospital’s daily routine that are filled with emotional power. The film introduces a style Pakalniņa would continue in her later work.
1K1 29/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 322 1/7 12:30 Small Hall 923 7/7 15:30 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: The Linen, The Ferry, Earth of the Blind, AntigravitationDirected by: Laila Pakalniņa
Latvia, 1995, 20min.
The film is a study of mail delivery and receipt: a letter carrier goes about her regular mail delivery route early in the morning. We observe various locations and people, and witness different peculiarities. The camera is often motionless, allowing the action to unfold within a static frame.
2H4 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre 4C5 2/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 832 6/7 10:30 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Coast, 511 Best Photographs of Mars, Woman from KihnuDirected by: Andres Sööt
Estonia, 1978, 20min.
Daring, honest, and provocative, Sööt’s camera exposes a traditional midsummer night’s celebration in a Brezhnev era urban setting, when drinking had become a problematic issue. Songs from pagan romantic rituals are almost the only link between the old traditions and contemporary reality.
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, Ten Minutes Older, A Trip Through Misty MeadowsDirected by: Robertas Verba
Lithuania, 1965, 20min.
The Old Man and the Land is considered one of the iconic early features of Lithuanian poetic documentary cinema. Documentaries and newsreels of the time were expected to show country folk rejoicing in their improving Soviet existence. The hero of Verba’s film is different. Verba created a unique profile of a genuine man from an old Lithuanian (as opposed to Soviet) village.
2H3 30/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 6L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 837 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Dreams of the Centenarians, Pikk Street, We Were at Our Own Field, In Memory of a Day Gone ByDirected by: Ülo Tambek
Estonia, 1968, 18min.
This recently restored documentary bears witness to both the Soviet production system and censorship. The view of life on a collective farm depicted here seemed too bleak for the officials involved, and the film was not screened for two decades. What we see is an honest observation of country life presented in a wonderful visual form.
2H3 30/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 6L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 837 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Dreams of the Centenarians, Peasants, We Were at Our Own Field, In Memory of a Day Gone ByDirected by: Hans Roosipuu
Estonia, 1966, 10min.
Pikk Street is one of the most important thoroughfares of Tallinn’s Old Town. The picture playfully combines hidden camera footage with more observational images, employing shots from unusual angles; these are accompanied by specific sounds and interesting musical themes. The result is a true cinematic adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2H3 30/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 6L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 837 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Dreams of the Centenarians, Pikk Street, Peasants, In Memory of a Day Gone ByDirected by: Henrikas Šablevičius
Lithuania, 1988, 20min.
Glastnost and Lithuania’s eventual independence from the USSR open up the possibility of examining previously banned subjects: death, postwar resistance and – as in We Were at Our Own Field – the damage done by the Soviet occupation and the simple longing for home.
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: The Beginning, Apolinaras, El Dorado, The Old Man and the Land, Ten Minutes Older, A Trip Through Misty MeadowsDirected by: Ivars Kraulītis
Latvia, 1961, 24min.
An early example of Riga-style film of the 1960s. Urban life in Riga as seen through the eyes of a little girl (Ilze Zariņa) who is looking for white bell flowers. This short drama, which draws on the city symphony genre, presents a picture of city life from the early morning hours to the peak of the day.
2H4 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre 4C5 2/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 832 6/7 10:30 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Coast, 511 Best Photographs of Mars, Midsummer DayDirected by: Mark Soosaar
Estonia, 1974, 49min.
Kihnu is a small island in the Gulf of Riga. Soosaar looks at the islanders from the point of view of an explorer, just like his filmmaking hero Robert Flaherty once did. Their traditional lifestyle unfolds in front of his camera: customary songs and rituals, and heartfelt images of people’s daily lives.
155 29/6 20:00 Cinema B 5L1 3/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 7C2 5/7 10:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Uldis Brauns
Latvia, 1967, 106min.
The most ambitious work of the 1960s, 235 000 000 was made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. The film was made without any off-screen commentary, allowing images to speak for themselves to musical accompaniment. The resulting work is an emotional and visually attractive portrait of timeless moments in human life.
2H4 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre 4C5 2/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 832 6/7 10:30 Congress Hall This film will be screened with films: The Coast, Woman from Kihnu, Midsummer DayDirected by: Andres Sööt
Estonia, 1968, 15min.
The simple act of going to a café acquires new meaning in Sööt’s classic work. The film creates entertaining, contrasting views of Tallinn’s social life, employing a hidden camera, music from Handel and The Beatles, poetry as off-screen commentary, and the latest discoveries about Mars.
2K1 30/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 827 6/7 21:30 Small HallDirected by: Randa Haines
USA, 1986, 114min.
An Academy Award-winning romance. James begins teaching at a school for the deaf. His belief that they should be taught to speak doesn’t wash with Sarah, who will need persuading if he is to draw her out of her world. But after falling in love with Sarah, James must learn that if we love someone, we can’t control them.
2K6 30/6 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 9C2 7/7 10:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Werner Herzog
Germany, 1971, 85min.
Although only three people and minimal funding were involved in its creation, this picture is one of the most important documentaries of all time. The story of Fini Straubinger, a deaf-blind woman, demonstrates what it means to be truly alone. How can deaf-blind people understand our world? And can they reconcile themselves to their fate?
1D9 29/6 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 622 4/7 12:30 Small HallDirected by: Ivo Trajkov
Czech Republic, 1998, 95min.
Employing purely cinematic devices, the film conveys to a hearing audience the way in which the hearing-impaired perceive the world around them. The Past tells the story of František, a lost man who lands himself in prison after killing the lover of his girlfriend Líza in a fit of rage. An evocative drama from Ivo Trajkov with Karel Zima in the lead role.
2K5 30/6 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 5L6 3/7 19:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: John Krasinski
USA, 2018, 90min.
Could it ever happen that something we call a disability might become necessary for survival? Since Their arrival on Earth, it has become essential to remain silent. Even the smallest sound can attract Their attention – and certain death. The Abbot family’s eldest daughter was born deaf, and their knowledge of sign language is protecting them. But for how long?
5D2 3/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8K7 6/7 22:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Arthur Hiller
USA, 1989, 103min.
Wally is rude, loud, and blind. Dave is cultured, quiet, and deaf. They couldn’t be more different, but they complement each other perfectly. A classic of the genre, this crime comedy brings to the screen two hardheaded guys who don’t take guff from anyone.
523 3/7 15:30 Small HallDirected by: Chris Overton
United Kingdom, 2017, 20min.
Libby, who is deaf, is growing up in a family where, for all the rush, there’s still no time left for the seemingly shy little girl. Everything changes when she meets a social worker named Joanne… This Academy Award-winning short film is an empathetic manifesto on the right of the deaf to have their own language. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaking delegation headed by screenwriter and actress Rachel Shenton, ambassador of Britain’s National Deaf Children’s Society.
2H5 30/6 22:30 Husovka Theatre 7N1 5/7 10:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Ukraine, 2014, 130min.
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.
3D2 1/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 7D9 5/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Bob Fosse
USA, 1979, 123min.
Jan Mattlach presents
Within a decade Bob Fosse shot two musicals that choreographically and musically reinvented the form of the genre, interconnecting an intricate storyline and the protagonists’ no less complicated inner worlds with musical dance passages. The autobiographical drama of a creator obsessed with his work, awarded the 1980 Palme d’Or at Cannes, was with fitting alacrity dubbed the musical equivalent of Fellini’s drama 8½.
2D9 30/6 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6K7 4/7 22:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Alan Clarke
United Kingdom, 1987, 93min.
Michal and Šimon Caban present
This bizarre spectacle, combining horror, rock opera, and an ostentatiously faked mise-en-scène à la gothic, was perceived in the Thatcher era as a parable with socio-critical overtones. Billy the Kid is a young cockney while demonic snooker champion Maxwell Randall is an unscrupulous predator – but here they symbolize a generational conflict or the struggle between good and evil.
4D8 2/7 21:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 936 7/7 18:30 Congress HallDirected by: Michael Cimino
USA / United Kingdom, 1978, 182min.
Ivan Zachariáš presents
Even 40 years after this intense drama took five Academy Awards including Best Picture, it remains one of the most powerful films made about the Vietnam War. But in fact the director took his own route to making an action spectacular: he devotes only the middle part of his epically complex portrayal to the inferno of war, while the film’s remaining footage is split between the three friends before they are called up to serve in Vietnam and after they return. And the psychological and moral trauma they endure is just as painful as the physical maiming suffered by one of them.
1K6 29/6 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7D2 5/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: David Lean
United Kingdom, 1962, 227min.
Martin Krejčí presents
Lean’s supreme mastery as a film director is manifested in this monumental epic, principally in the way he blended a character study of an ambiguous hero with a portrayal of complex historical events. The opulent production design, the composition of the battle scenes, the mesmerizing shots of the desert, the acting performances and compelling music brought the film seven Academy Awards plus the distinction of a work whose splendour is equal to its underlying message.
1L1 29/6 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 8D3 6/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: František Vláčil
Czechoslovakia, 1967, 160min.
Tono Stano presents
This wide-ranging fresco, set in the early Middle Ages and focusing on the love between a pious virgin and an unruly heathen from a marauding yeomen family, is both a unique reconstruction of a distant epoch and an ecstatic poem. The expressive modernist work, capitalizing on the film achievements of the 1960s, is a singular accomplishment in Czech and world cinema.
5D9 3/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Woody Allen
United Kingdom / Ireland / Luxembourg, 2005, 124min.
Marek Eben presents
It was not Allen’s sole attempt at serious matter, yet this dark and disturbing drama about a young man’s rise to the higher circles of London society is the first film he shot abroad. It shines for its well-paced plot and its precisely delineated characters, but the work is especially engaging for pondering the extent to which we are subject to a fateful temptation and how far we are willing to muzzle our consciences to gain an advantage.
421 2/7 09:30 Small Hall 8D6 6/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, 1994, 60min.
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.
814 6/7 11:30 Grand HallDirected by: Jan Svěrák
Czech Republic, 1994, 102min.
In this unusual action sci-fi comedy a secret parallel reality exists behind the television screen – some sort of world “behind the mirror” filled with corresponding images of us that siphon off our strength. Sheepish outsider Olda is going to have to battle his vigorously demanding double – with the remote slung pretty damn low around his waist. World premiere of the remastered version.
215 30/6 14:00 Grand Hall 7L6 5/7 19:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Jan Němec
Czechoslovakia, 1964, 68min.
Two boys hiding in the woods after escaping from a death transport during the war, their fear of capture, their hunger and cold, their increasing fatigue – the film mediates all these various states with a raw intensity and with great physical urgency. For his part, the director conveys their situation with strongly stylised film devices using a narrative form akin to a stream of consciousness.
132 29/6 10:30 Congress Hall 3D3 1/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8N3 6/7 16:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Mark Cousins
United Kingdom, 2018, 115min.
“Can we tell your story anew?” Mark Cousins asks Orson Welles, and then proceeds to look upon this iconic figure of 20th-century film from a practically unknown perspective: as the creator of hundreds of drawings and paintings to which Cousins gained exclusive access thanks in part to Welles’s daughter Beatrice. Cousins conceived his unconventional portrayal of the man behind Citizen Kane as an audiovisual letter to the visionary maestro, celebrated for his immense powers of imagination.
1C4 29/6 15:30 Čas Cinema 3H5 1/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 6N1 4/7 10:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Amy Scott
USA, 2018, 90min.
Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Coming Home and Being There. Four exceptional titles from Hal Ashby that rank among the best that 1970s American cinema had to offer. This documentary portrait presenting the life and work of a remarkable filmmaker features a number of Ashby’s collaborators, among them Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Payne and Norman Jewison.
151 29/6 09:00 Cinema B 3H2 1/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 8L5 6/7 16:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Robert Kolinsky
Switzerland / Czech Republic, 2016, 80min.
This documentary about Jiří Menzel offers a sincere and unobtrusive tribute to his mastery as a film and stage director. Czech-Swiss filmmaker Robert Kolinsky prepared the groundwork for his picture over the space of several years, during which time he acquired testimonies from eminent European figures, who ponder Menzel’s specific type of humour and its deeper significance. The chief take on the given theme is, however, the protagonist’s own.
614 4/7 11:30 Grand HallDirected by: Marina Zenovich
USA, 2018, 116min.
After Roman Polanski and Richard Pryor, acclaimed documentarist Marina Zenovich turned her attention towards matchless comedian and respected dramatic actor Robin Williams (1951–2014). His life and career are relayed to us via never-before-seen archive footage and reminiscences from friends and colleagues, together creating an image of an endearing and wild eccentric regarded by many as the wittiest man on the planet.
133 29/6 13:00 Congress Hall 354 1/7 17:00 Cinema B 6N3 4/7 16:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Margarethe von Trotta
Germany / France, 2018, 95min.
This year he would have turned 100. Commemorate the anniversary of one of the most important filmmakers of all time with a documentary by a German director, who investigates Bergman and his artistic legacy, his closest cooperators, and the contemporary artists whom he significantly influenced.
5D3 3/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 9L3 7/7 13:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Martin Hollý
Czechoslovakia, 1980, 85min.
The trenches of World War I provide for a captivating backdrop to the drama of Corporal Hoferik. In his devotion to the Habsburg Monarchy, he fanatically carries out his military orders, but he ultimately suffers the Empire’s disfavor. The director brings uncommon intensity to bear as he vividly portrays this anomalous and historically oft-repeated paradox.
411 2/7 09:00 Grand Hall 6P6 4/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Alfred Hitchcock
USA, 1951, 101min.
Thirty-year-old Patricia Highsmith must have felt honored when the great Hitchcock chose to film her very first novel Strangers on a Train (1950). He must certainly have been drawn to a character often found in his own work – the dangerous psychopath hiding his predilections behind a flawless mask. Here, shortly before his untimely death, the talented Robert Walker appears as the dashing and irresistible ladies’ man.
414 2/7 11:30 Grand Hall 8D5 6/7 16:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Mikhail Kalatozov
USSR, 1957, 98min.
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.
4D3 2/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Karel Lamač
Czechoslovakia, 1924, 70min.
The social melodrama White Paradise, with its classic story and advanced technical quality, was a huge success at the box office in 1924, thanks in part to the involvement of Der starke Vierer (the strong four), one of the most distinctive creative teams to come out of early Czechoslovak cinema: director and actor Karel Lamač, cameraman Otto Heller, actress Anny Ondra and, later on, scripter Václav Wasserman. White Paradise will be screened at the festival with live musical accompaniment.
1D1 29/6 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 512 3/7 10:00 Grand HallDirected by: Stanley Kubrick
United Kingdom / USA, 1968, 164min.
Fifty years ago Stanley Kubrik’s cult sci-fi picture shook the conventions of its genre and influenced the technical side of filmmaking (and more) for decades. Thus the chance to see it in its newly restored version is a no-brainer. The mysterious monolith of extraterrestrial origin and the calculating HAL 9000 onboard computer star in this epic poem about human evolution.
1H3 29/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 4L6 2/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 653 4/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Downside Up, Bo Hai, Partner, Atlantis, 2003Directed by: Makoto Nagahisa
Japan, 2016, 27min.
One summer day, 400 goldfish were found in the swimming pool of a secondary school. This is the story of the four 15-year-old girls who put them in there. Grand Prix in the International Competition at the 2018 Prague Short Film Festival.
1H3 29/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 4L6 2/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 653 4/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Downside Up, Bo Hai, Partner, And So We Put Goldfish in the PoolDirected by: Michal Blaško
Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2017, 30min.
It’s 2003, four years before Slovakia becomes part of the Schengen Area. Atlantis, 2003 provides a chilling excursion to a recent past we should not forget, but it also asks a universal question: How responsible are we for each other? The Best Film Award in the National Competition at the 2018 Prague Short Film Festival.
1H3 29/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 4L6 2/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 653 4/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Downside Up, Partner, Atlantis, 2003, And So We Put Goldfish in the PoolDirected by: Dužan Duong
Czech Republic, 2017, 26min.
They think like Czechs, speak like Czechs but look Vietnamese. Bo Hai is a film about the relationship between the older generation of Vietnamese living in the Czech Republic and their children. Special Jury Mention in the National Competition at the 2018 Prague Short Film Festival.
1H3 29/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 4L6 2/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 653 4/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Bo Hai, Partner, Atlantis, 2003, And So We Put Goldfish in the PoolDirected by: Peter Ghesquière
Belgium, 2017, 14min.
Downside Up reveals a world where everyone has Down syndrome. One day, Eric is born, a boy who’s different. Audience Award winner at the 2018 Prague Short Film Festival.
1H3 29/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre 4L6 2/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 653 4/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Downside Up, Bo Hai, Atlantis, 2003, And So We Put Goldfish in the PoolDirected by: Antoine Giorgini
France, 2016, 19min.
A talent competition for theater school is coming up for Tony. But on the day, his best friend Steven, who has been assigned the task of trading lines with Tony during the audition, doesn’t show up. When Tony fails to find Steven’s replacement he is forced to pack it in, and he firmly resolves never to speak a civil word to the traitor again. Special Jury Mention in the International Competition at the 2018 Prague Short Film Festival.