Films ordered by section
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.