Films ordered by section
Official Selection - Competition
217 1/7 20:00 Grand Hall 3P2 2/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 5K3 4/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Boris Khlebnikov
Russia / Finland / Germany, 2017, 116min.
Oleg is heading for his thirties. He works as a paramedic and, after a hard shift, he likes to take a few swigs. His wife Katya is also a doctor, working in the hospital’s emergency department. But her patience with Oleg is running thin, so she announces one day that she wants a divorce… One of the most intriguing filmmakers on the Russian scene today, Boris Khlebnikov returns to the big screen with a meticulous piece of direction. Along with precise performances from the cast, the film examines a relationship experiencing an arrhythmia similar to that affecting the hearts of the patients Oleg treats in his job as a paramedic.
517 4/7 20:00 Grand Hall 6P2 5/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 8K3 7/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Poland, 2017, 113min.
We meet ornithologist Anna in 1994 just as genocide is raging in Rwanda, perpetrated by the majority Hutus against the Tutsis. Anna manages to save the daughter of a colleague whose family has been murdered, and she takes her to Poland. But the woman returns to Rwanda to visit the graves of her loved ones. The director originally worked on the movie with her husband Krzysztof Krauze (My Nikifor – Crystal Globe, KVIFF 2005), but after his death in 2014 she eventually finished this challenging picture alone.
615 5/7 17:00 Grand Hall 7P1 6/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 9K1 8/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Iulia Rugină
Romania, 2017, 81min.
A difficult assignment awaits TV reporter Alex. He must film a memorial portrait for a coworker who died in a tragic accident they both experienced but that only he survived. His colleague’s daughter becomes his guide, although her relationship to her father was more than complicated. Alex becomes an involuntary witness to the girl’s handling of her father’s death, and he also comes to believe that chronicling a person’s life involves more than just a short news report…
515 4/7 17:00 Grand Hall 6P1 5/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 8K1 7/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Ofir Raul Graizer
Israel / Germany, 2017, 104min.
After the death of his lover, Thomas heads to Israel – the birthplace of the man he adored. Despite prejudice at his German origins he becomes the pastry chef at a local café owned by the widow of the deceased Oran. Yet she hardly suspects that the unnamed sorrow that connects her to the stranger is for one and the same man.
315 2/7 17:00 Grand Hall 4P1 3/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 6K1 5/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Nicolas Silhol
France, 2016, 95min.
The life of an uncompromising HR manager named Emilie changes the instant she witnesses the suicide of one of the staff. The investigation of the case becomes a moral test for a woman whose actions, although motivated by her unlimited devotion to work, have caused grief for many an employee.
715 6/7 17:00 Grand Hall 8P1 7/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 9K4 8/7 14:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Rachel Israel
USA, 2017, 94min.
Stylish but apathetic, David meets bundle of energy Sarah at a support group. While he’s just fulfilling a court-ordered obligation, she is thrilled to be there. But as they move past their initial conflicts, they become participants in an uncommon romance that won’t yield to convention. Keep the Change is a different kind of romantic comedy about people who are not the same – like most of us.
317 2/7 20:00 Grand Hall 4P2 3/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 6K3 5/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: George Ovashvili
Georgia / Germany / France, 2017, 98min.
Shortly after the first democratically elected president of Georgia came to power he was ousted in a military coup. He sets out for the mountains with a group of loyalists to regroup with his supporters. Set against an imposing Caucasus backdrop, we witness a man fighting for power while waging an internal struggle as he heads to meet his fate. The winner of KVIFF 2014 returns with an archetypal story told with light melancholy and an unmistakable visual poetic.
417 3/7 20:00 Grand Hall 5P2 4/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 7K3 6/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Peter Bebjak
Slovak Republic / Ukraine, 2017, 108min.
Adam Krajňák is head of the family and also boss of a gang of criminals smuggling cigarettes across the Slovak-Ukrainian border. The failure of one of the transports triggers an avalanche of consequences that compels him to question his own boundaries, none of which he had planned on crossing until now.
617 5/7 20:00 Grand Hall 7P2 6/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 9K3 8/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Václav Kadrnka
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic / Italy, 2017, 90min.
Little Jan, the only descendant of the knight Bořek (Karel Roden), has run away from home. His anxious father sets out to find him but his despair at the fruitless search gradually starts to overpower him. Václav Kadrnka has turned out a stylistically well-contoured adaptation of the poem by Jaroslav Vrchlický, where he employs a taciturn film form in order to encourage our imagination to engage in a poetic, cinematic pilgrimage.
215 1/7 17:00 Grand Hall 3P1 2/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 5K1 4/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Alen Drljević
Bosnia and Herzegovina / Slovenia / Croatia / Germany, 2017, 98min.
When, less than two decades since the war ended in Yugoslavia, a diverse group of veterans gathers at a remote mountain hotel to undergo days of therapy, it’s hard to expect absolute harmony. This brilliantly directed drama, about the ability to forgive others only after we have forgiven ourselves, presents the pinnacle of the Balkan male acting scene.
415 3/7 17:00 Grand Hall 5P1 4/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 7K1 6/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Onur Saylak
Turkey, 2017, 115min.
Fourteen-year-old Gaza lives with his father Ahad on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The intelligent kid would like to continue his studies, but Ahad sees his son’s future differently. He gets Gaza to help with his side business – smuggling refugees from the Mideast. A directing tour de force, this disturbing psychological study of an adolescent boy’s transformation under the influence of those around him bears dark tidings about the contemporary world.
717 6/7 20:00 Grand Hall 8P2 7/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 9K5 8/7 17:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Karma Takapa
India, 2017, 112min.
The stories of four individuals intertwine in a maze of Himalayan countryside, village buildings, and the local social microcosm. With a captivating internal rhythm and the stylistic elements taken firmly in hand, the film presents a narratively courageous look at the region’s social web and the influence of cultural immigration on local life.