Films ordered by section
East of the West - Competition
7P3 5/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 8C3 6/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 9H3 7/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Nima Eghlima
Iran, 2018, 106min.
Now in his thirties, Amir is beleaguered by other peoples’ problems. His friend Ali’s ex-wife and son have gone missing, his sister is desperately trying to break away from the family, and his parents are trying to keep the family together. Amir is a film about contemporary Iran, about a generation whose private lives are determined more by the rules of society than by their own will.
7P5 5/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 8C4 6/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 9H4 7/7 19:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Tomáš Pavlíček
Czech Republic, 2018, 77min.
A family has decided to sell their lovely cottage as none of them has visited it for some time. Yet it holds so many nostalgic memories that the mother suggests they all spend one last day there before the sale takes place. This deliberately paced comedy, whose protagonists often remind the viewer of characters from a Jaroslav Papoušek screenplay, takes an agreeably detached view of the Czech phenomenon of weekending in the country.
4D4 2/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5L3 3/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema 7H1 5/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: László Csuja
Hungary, 2018, 83min.
Who are the real crazies in an unhinged world? An ironic, punkily brash road movie about young lovers on the run, interwoven with poetic and realistic images. Fed-up Bianka kidnaps a child and dupes the trusting Laci into thinking it’s his. Together they form an instant family who set off in a caravan, fleeing the law and a bunch of crooks.
5D6 3/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6C4 4/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 8H2 6/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Lithuania / Latvia / Croatia, 2018, 97min.
The life of a three-member, middle-class family fundamentally changes with the arrival of six-year-old Ilja, a withdrawn little boy adopted from a children’s home… Displaying mise-en-scène mastery, debuting Lithuanian director Giedrė Beinoriūtė brings us a taut psychological drama adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name, in which she ramps up the tension in an economical yet highly effective way.
2D6 30/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C4 1/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 5H2 3/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Darya Zhuk
Belarus / Germany / USA / Russia, 2018, 95min.
Young Evelina has a law degree, but her dream is to travel to the USA and earn a living as a professional DJ. It’s 1996, however, and the girl is living in post-Soviet Minsk... This energetic debut from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk, pulsating to the rhythm of 90s house, is the opening film of this year’s East of the West competition.
5D4 3/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6C3 4/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 8H1 6/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Vladimir Bitokov
Russia, 2018, 75min.
A stark landscape, unforgiving surroundings, gruelling work, and intense conflicts within the family circle – a vicious cycle, the burden of which is only accentuated by the return of the youngest brother, who is to take the place of his sick father in this family of lumberjacks. Under the watchful eye of Aleksandr Sokurov comes another searingly vivid and visually remarkable debut with profound humanistic appeal.
4D6 2/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5L5 3/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 7H2 5/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Beata Parkanová
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 95min.
It might seem that Anežka’s life is not her own – her entire family want to get involved in every aspect of it. The young woman tries to please everyone, but she is gradually losing what is most important – herself. This confident debut deftly captures the pitfalls of family life, which are interpreted with humour, understanding and a remarkably mature sense of situations we experience so often that we aren’t even conscious of them.
6P5 4/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 723 5/7 15:30 Small Hall 953 7/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Tonia Mishiali
Cyprus / Greece, 2018, 96min.
Elpida is a housewife confronted with the first signs of menopause while trapped in a loveless marriage to a heartless, despotic man. Together with the physical changes she experiences, however, her mind and her perception of reality are also gradually affected… A formally mature, muted psychological drama addressing the issues surrounding the position of women in a patriarchal society.
6P3 4/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 7C3 5/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 9H1 7/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Elizaveta Stishova
Kyrgyzstan / Russia, 2017, 101min.
Karabas is a man who has never really grown up. He drinks too much, and he and his young pregnant wife just scrape by. When his first wife Zhipara arrives with the news that she’s found their long-lost son Uluk, a question arises: Could the fractured foursome all live together? A distinctive debut which dexterously combines a road movie with a family drama and an original comedy, thereby painting a vivid portrait of life in Kyrgyzstan.
2D4 30/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C3 1/7 12:30 Čas Cinema 5H1 3/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Klara Kochańska, Kasper Bajon
Poland / Czech Republic / Macedonia, 2018, 75min.
Julia and Piotr are a well-situated, middle-class married couple entertaining the idea of a dream holiday. At the request of Piotr’s mother, however, the pair set out instead on a trip across the Balkans, heading for a refugee camp on the Macedonian-Greek border. Student Academy Award holder Klara Kochańska makes her debut with an intimate, independent road movie which stands out for its subtle performances and quasi-documentary authenticity. The film was co-directed by Kasper Bajon.
3D6 1/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4L5 2/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 6H2 4/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Roman Bondarchuk
Ukraine / Germany, 2018, 106min.
One day Lukas, employed as an interpreter for an OSCE mission, becomes lost in the middle of the steppe in southern Ukraine. His journey towards self-recognition and happiness will be flanked by a series of strange encounters and bizarre situations… Roman Bondarchuk’s novel feature debut is a tragicomedy whose striking visuals aid him in fleshing out the colorful world of southern Ukraine, a place which still bears unmistakable traces of the distant and not-too-distant past.
3D4 1/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4L3 2/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema 6H1 4/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Ewa Bukowska
Poland, 2018, 79min.
Anka is becoming extremely anxious about her beloved husband Witek, a war correspondent. But where does the border lie between reality and catastrophic visions? An evocative psychological drama adapted from the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska about experiencing war second-hand: we don’t have to be there for it to have a destructive influence on our lives.