Films ordered by section
1C3 30/6 12:30 Čas Cinema 4K1 3/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 739 6/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Michel Franco
Mexico, 2017, 103min.
Mexican director, screenwriter and producer Michel Franco has four writer-director feature films and four presentations at Cannes to his name, and this year saw him revisiting the French Riviera with a precisely structured tale of the complex relationship between two half-sisters and their mother. Assailing the audience with its masterful build-up of tension, this familiar domestic drama setup won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard.
156 30/6 20:00 Cinema B 351 2/7 09:00 Cinema B 5H2 4/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 9C6 8/7 21:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans
Brazil, 2017, 96min.
A picture of contemporary, industrial Brazil rises out of the main character’s journal entries – without the stereotypes of favelas and crime. On his travels to farms, construction projects, and factories, Cristiano represents the poorest, who have decided to work day after day, to go from town to town, taciturn, proud, and resilient.
2K3 1/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema 422 3/7 12:30 Small Hall 9C2 8/7 10:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Sergei Loznitsa
Germany, 2016, 94min.
Hordes of people make their way towards entrance gates crowned with the notorious slogan Arbeit macht frei. Why do they visit places that bear such appalling vestiges of the past? This documentary, examining cultural memory in today’s world, has featured at various major IFFs since its premiere at Venice.
1N1 30/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema 3N5 2/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 6K7 5/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema 9K7 8/7 22:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Helene Hegemann
Germany, 2017, 94min.
Although just 16, Mifti is already well aware of her electrifying appeal. It’s not just her provocative sexuality, but an assertive disposition that places her in the company of older people who are no strangers to a bohemian lifestyle and parties that last for days. A sexual relationship with an older woman and closer intimacy with a beautiful actress only add to the confusion in the heroine’s head.
123 30/6 15:30 Small Hall 255 1/7 17:00 Cinema B 5H5 4/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 8C6 7/7 21:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Aktan Arym Kubat
Kyrgyzstan / France / Germany / Netherlands / Japan, 2017, 89min.
The only thing that disturbs Centaur’s deeply happy, if imperfect, family life is his pressing need to secretly liberate racehorses. But misfortune comes from his desire to take a stand against human greed for a subjugated animal that gives humans wings. This visually polished updating of the Don Quixote story premiered at the Berlinale.
1K6 30/6 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema 2N4 1/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema 5H4 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 737 6/7 19:00 Congress HallDirected by: Rati Oneli
Georgia / USA / Qatar / Netherlands, 2017, 104min.
A cinematic vanitas about a dying town in Georgia, a formerly vibrant centre of industry where the monotonous sound of the manganese mines has been replaced by a silence rarely interrupted. The film’s crystal-clear style, in which each shot is given the length it needs, seeks out the photogenic side of decay and explores the specific nature of the lost souls that continue to live here.
1K7 30/6 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema 3N6 2/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema 654 5/7 14:00 Cinema B 7L5 6/7 22:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Gustavo Rondón Córdova
Venezuela / Chile / Norway, 2017, 82min.
Andrés, the single father of 12-year-old Pedro, has to break his back just to ensure the mere basics for his son. On the outskirts of Caracas, people live from one moment to the next and any mistake is immediately punished. This deeply realistic story takes us into the ruthless environment of the Venezuelan capital, which – at a time when the country suffers immense social problems, hyperinflation, and a shortage of food – takes on an increasingly more savage character.
2L5 1/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema 5P5 4/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 8D4 7/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Trudie Styler
USA, 2017, 91min.
Billy Bloom never felt he was like other people, but if there’s something his classmates don’t like, it’s the fact that his fashion choices range between David Bowie and Lady Gaga at their most psychedelic. Billy’s response to bullying is simple: an even thicker layer of glitter and a stubborn determination to fight for his uniqueness.
233 1/7 13:00 Congress Hall 827 7/7 21:30 Small HallDirected by: Bruno Dumont
France, 2017, 115min.
Bruno Dumont is back! After the intensely subversive comedy Li’l Quinquin and the whacky Slack Bay, his quarry this time is a musical you could call anything you want, but just not classical. Eight-year-old Jeannette has a profound love of God, she tends a flock of sheep, and yet only history is aware that, in a few years’ time, she will become the iconic Joan of Arc.
257 1/7 22:30 Cinema B 4K4 3/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 639 5/7 22:00 Congress Hall 8K7 7/7 22:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Pelayo Lira
Chile, 2017, 79min.
A romance without romanticism. Alejandro is in his first year at university; Sofia is finishing her dissertation. With a cool, detached realism and sense for detail, Kingdoms exposes the anatomy of a university love affair. Besides the romantic storyline, which does not shy away from explicit erotic scenes, the film also engages in a subtle generational study.
1N5 30/6 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 353 2/7 11:30 Cinema B 734 6/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Ala Eddine Slim
Tunisia / Qatar / United Arab Emirates / Lebanon, 2016, 94min.
The movie, which makes do without dialogue, deftly alternates between film poem, topical movie critique, and existential allegory or myth. On his way through Tunis to Europe, N is ripped off by human smugglers, but sheer determination gets him in a boat on the sea and then to a mysterious forest where he must find his destiny.
4P4 3/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 513 4/7 14:00 Grand Hall 9N6 8/7 22:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Joshua Z Weinstein
USA / Israel, 2017, 81min.
Likeable loser Menashe, a widower employed at a kosher supermarket who lives in Brooklyn’s rule-based community of ultra-Orthodox Jews, is trying to gain the right to raise his own son. This gentle, deeply-human drama graced with humorous moments was a hit at this year’s Sundance.
2H6 1/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 539 4/7 22:00 Congress Hall 857 7/7 22:30 Cinema BDirected by: Bruce LaBruce
Germany, 2017, 91min.
A feminist terrorist cell is plotting a revolution. But the rigid order of the women living at a remote convent school is endangered by the arrival of a young man who accepts refuge from one of the girls. Provocateur Bruce LaBruce has returned with a radical utopian vision of the world that combines a B-movie esthetic with leftist ideals.
4N2 3/7 12:30 Národní dům Cinema 838 7/7 20:00 Congress Hall 9D5 8/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Pedro Pinho
Portugal, 2017, 176min.
One day, workers at an elevator factory receive an unpleasant surprise: at night someone has taken away all the equipment and materials, so it’s impossible to continue production. The struggle for existence is on – not only via sophisticated negotiating tactics but also with the help of singing, dancing, and vaguely idealistic leftist theories.
2P2 1/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 4H3 3/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 555 4/7 17:00 Cinema B 7C6 6/7 21:30 Čas CinemaDirected by: Marcela Said
France / Chile, 2017, 94min.
Contemporary Chilean cinema is present at every major festival, and things were no different this year at Cannes where Marcela Said’s second movie played Critics’ Week. This disturbing psycho-romance with political overtones brings together pampered fortysomething Marina and Juan, a former army officer troubled by a dark past (starring Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro from The Club).
1L1 30/6 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 3H5 2/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 7C5 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema 833 7/7 13:00 Congress HallDirected by: Hirobumi Watanabe
Japan, 2016, 117min.
Yusuke Mizuhara is a taciturn lifeguard living out his monotonous life in a suburb north of Tokyo between home and a forgotten pool. What’s behind the impenetrable façade of a young man confronted daily by reports of the tragedies plaguing different parts of the world? A formally ambitious, geometrically precise film about certain unexplained thought processes associated with the Japanese mentality.
253 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 4N5 3/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema 6L1 5/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema 9L1 8/7 10:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Daan Bakker
Netherlands / Norway, 2017, 85min.
Five men, five stories. Although stylistically very different, the stories are connected through the director’s ability to incisively yet charitably comment on the situation of his feckless thirtysomething characters. It isn’t always easy to finally start living your own life – a UFO can stand in the way, or even just a bucket of urine hidden in a bedroom. But sometimes a time machine can be helpful, maybe.
134 30/6 16:00 Congress Hall 356 2/7 20:00 Cinema B 5K7 4/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema 7K7 6/7 22:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Bojan Vuletić
Serbia / Bulgaria / Macedonia / Russia / France, 2017, 94min.
There are some countries where it isn’t easy to get even simple things done. All the more vexing, then, is when you decide to commit suicide and only have a few days to get your affairs in order, and neither task goes according to plan. This sarcastic peek into the Kafkaesque soul of restructured Serbia made its mark at this year’s Berlinale.
1K4 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema 437 3/7 19:00 Congress Hall 6C6 5/7 21:30 Čas Cinema 957 8/7 22:30 Cinema BDirected by: Mark Cousins
Sweden / United Kingdom, 2016, 88min.
This multilayered metropolitan symphony is, at once, a music film, a love letter to the city, an intimate study of grief, and an urbanistic essay. Architect Alva (Neneh Cherry) doesn’t make it to her class, instead choosing to stroll through the city while her contemplation of her surroundings mingles with her own memories of the most traumatic experience of her life.
2K1 1/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 354 2/7 14:00 Cinema B 753 6/7 11:30 Cinema B 9D4 8/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Deepak Rauniyar
Nepal / USA / Qatar / Netherlands, 2016, 89min.
A partisan named Chandra who fought against monarchy and dictatorship returns home years later to a Nepalese mountain village to bury his father. But he arrives in the middle of a traditional burial ceremony, and after a conflict he is forced to complete the process merely with the help of two children. Perhaps their journey signifies more than mere submission to the bygone ways Chandra fought against, but also hope for a brighter future for a country at a crossroads.