Films ordered by  section

Variety Critics’ Choice

  • 251 1/7 09:00 Cinema B
    3C6 2/7 21:30 Čas Cinema
    6L4 5/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    9H3 8/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Animals Tiere
    Directed by: Greg Zglinski
    Switzerland / Austria / Poland, 2017, 95min.

    Director Greg Zglinski’s espresso-dark humor and icy formal precision may nod to such experts as David Lynch and Lars von Trier, but Animals gleefully cultivates its very own kind of crazy in this unhinged adult fairy tale about a bourgeois Viennese couple attempting a restorative Alpine getaway.

  • 151 30/6 09:00 Cinema B
    3L1 2/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    5H3 4/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    932 8/7 10:30 Congress Hall
    Columbus Columbus
    Directed by: Kogonada
    USA, 2017, 104min.

    In this unconventional, hypnotically paced American drama, set amid the modernist structures of Columbus, Indiana, critic-turned-director Kogonada is less interested in romance than in the characters’ overlapping and divergent worldviews and dreams, based on culture, environment and upbringing.

  • 2P1 1/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    8N1 7/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    The Distinguished Citizen El ciudadano ilustre
    Directed by: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
    Spain / Argentina, 2016, 117min.

    Five years after winning the Nobel prize, novelist Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez) gets an invitation to receive an award from his hometown. It’s been 40 years since he’s been back, despite using the city as the setting for all his stories, and his return provides both humor and poignant insights.

  • 1C6 30/6 21:30 Čas Cinema
    2K5 1/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    4K7 3/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    8N3 7/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    God’s Own Country God’s Own Country
    Directed by: Francis Lee
    United Kingdom, 2017, 104min.

    Skipping some of the more predictable clichés we’ve come to expect from the coming-out drama, Francis Lee’s sexy, thoughtful, hopeful film — about romance between an English farmboy and a Romanian migrant worker — advances a pro-immigration subtext that couldn’t be more timely in Brexit-era Britain.

  • 1N4 30/6 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    5L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    9L2 8/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Heal the Living Réparer les vivants
    Directed by: Katell Quillévéré
    France / Belgium, 2016, 104min.

    What sounds like a routine episode of “ER” is complicated with rare depths of personal and sensual detail in French director Katell Quillévéré’s sublimely compassionate, heart-crushing heart-transplant ensemble, which boasts beautifully pitched performances from Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner.

  • 1L5 30/6 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    4H6 3/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    7N6 6/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Hounds of Love Hounds of Love
    Directed by: Ben Young
    Australia, 2016, 108min.

    An outwardly normal suburban couple who abduct, torture and murder schoolgirls must face their funny games in this genre-bending Australian thriller. Brave audiences will be rewarded, if that’s the word, with a harrowing ride that morphs from sharp horror to probing character study and back again.

  • 2C2 1/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    5H6 4/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    931 8/7 08:30 Congress Hall
    Lost in Paris Paris pieds nus
    Directed by: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
    France / Belgium, 2016, 82min.

    In this wonderfully inventive outing from burlesque comedians Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, she plays a shy librarian looking all over Paris for her missing Aunt Martha (the final role of Amour star Emmanuelle Riva), while he plays a harmless hobo who pops up practically everywhere she goes.

  • 2H2 1/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    4H4 3/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    733 6/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    8C4 7/7 15:30 Čas Cinema
    Merry Christmas Mr. Mo Merry Christmas Mr. Mo
    Directed by: Lim Dae-hyung
    South Korea, 2016, 101min.

    A droll comic drama filmed in glorious widescreen black-and-white, this lovely tale follows a terminally ill barber (Gi Ju-bong) whose dying wish is to make a short film directed by his distant son. The offbeat crowd-pleaser will move many viewers to tears by the time Mr. Mo’s task is completed.

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

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

  • 3K6 2/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    556 4/7 20:00 Cinema B
    9H1 8/7 10:00 Husovka Theatre
    Those Who Make Revolutions Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau
    Directed by: Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie
    Canada, 2016, 183min.

    Inspired by the student demonstrations that sparked 2012’s Maple Spring, co-directors Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie apply the language of radical cinema to a tense, mournful and profoundly ambivalent portrait of four far-left activists who commit acts of vandalism and terror against the system.

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