News Festival Echoes Šary Vary to offer 25 films

Published: July 06, 2019| 12:00 PM

After the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival ends, the official Festival Echoes – Šary Vary – will kick off for the twelfth time. A total of 25 films from the festival's programme will be shown between 8–14 July at Prague cinemas Aero and Světozor, and at the Brno University Scala Cinema. This year the Echoes will also be held in Plzeň for the first time, at the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. The full programme of shows can be found at www.ozvenyvaru.cz.

"For those people who didn't come to this year's 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, or didn't manage to see all the films they were interested in and would like to catch up, we have again prepared a cross-section of the festival programme. This year there were all kinds of interesting titles in the Horizons section, and therefore the Festival Echoes is going to be screening a grand total of nine films from that section," said Ivo Andrle, the Festival Echoes dramaturge.

The long list of films to be shown as part of the extensive Šary Vary programme includes the likes of black comedy Parasite (freshly decorated with a Palme d'Or from Cannes); a melodrama from the middle of Rio de Janeiro, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão; the tragicomedy Rojo about the arrival of dictatorship in Argentina; and the Mexican film Our Time. The Echoes will also present a number of biographical documentaries: Amazing Grace, about gospel singer Aretha Franklin; the musical film portrait Mystify Michael Hutchence, about the front-man of the Australian band INXS; and a documentary about a Czech prodigy, Jiří Suchý – Tackling Life with Ease from film director Olga Sommerová.

Newcomers in Czech film are represented by the début of FAMU graduate Michal Hogenauer's A Certain Kind of Silence; the documentary road movie Over the Hills by Martin Mareček; and Ondřej Provazník and Martin Dušek's full-length movie début Old-Timers. During the Festival Echoes you will also be able to see Diego Maradona, A White, White Day and Mid90s, which is going to be released to cinemas throughout the Czech Republic on 8 July as part of Vary at Your Cinema.

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