Films ordered by section
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.