News Olmo Omerzu is competing again in the Crystal Globe Competition

Published: August 22, 2021| 09:55 AM

Two more movies will be entering the KVIFF Crystal Globe Competition, both during their world premieres. First, at 5 pm, the Grand Hall of the Thermal hotel will see the debut of Croatian director Sonja Tarokić called Staffroom. It follows an educational counselor who uncovers the personalities her fellow educators, becomes enmeshed in petty staffroom fights, observes conflicts between the students and communication with parents, and uncovers, with disgust, various underhanded power games.

Olmo Omerzu is competing for the Crystal Globe again this year, having won the director’s prize with the road movie Všechno bude (Winter Flies). In his new movie Bird Atlas, Czech actor Miroslav Donutil portrays the aging owner of a tech firm which he had dedicated his life to. His dedication to the film makes it all the more devastating when things suddenly go awry. The film will run from 8pm in the Grand Hall of the Thermal Hotel.

The East of the West competition will also see two world premieres today: first, at 4pm at the Karlovy Vary municipal theater, Roots by Serbian director Tea Lukač. Her anthropological exploration manages to work with a minimum of devices and yet creates a focused inquiry into the phenomenon of memory, the past, and traditions.  

From 7pm, in the same place, there will be a premiere of Dear Ones by Polish-Czech director Grzegorz Jaroszuk. In his second film, he delves with distinctly grotesque, at times absurd, humor into the theme of loneliness, which his protagonists all face in different ways, and the difficulty and impossibility of communication with others, especially those closest to us.

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