Official Selection - Competition
Sections of 53rd KVIFF
- Official Selection - Competition
- Official Selection - Out of Competition
- East of the West - Competition
- Documentary Films - Competition
- Special Events
- Another View
- Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
- Midnight Screenings
- Czech Films 2017–2018
- Made in Texas: Tribute to Austin Film Society
- Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
- People Next Door
- Seven Close Encounters
- Out of the Past
- Prague Short Film Festival Presents
Directed by: Ömür Atay
Turkey, Germany, Bulgaria, 2017, 103 min
Seventeen-year-old Yusuf comes home after spending four years at a detention center. His return to the family circle freshly recalls the act that his loved ones, bound by rigid tradition, forced Yusuf to commit. Directed with an assured hand, this intimate debut concerns guilt and punishment and how difficult it is to choose between blood ties and tradition on the one hand, and what is morally right on the other.
Directed by: Adam Sedlák
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2018, 116 min
Top cyclist Roman has had enough of serving as a domestique, a bicycle racer who sacrifices for the team. And since strenuous training and a strict regimen don’t lead to the type of performance he longs for, he sets up an oxygen tent at home. His obsession with having a sports career, however, renders him oblivious to his wife Šarlota’s desire to have a baby. A claustrophobic drama on the utter breakdown of a marriage almost suffocated by a machine that oxygenates the blood.
The Fireflies Are Gone
Mizející světlušky /
La disparition des lucioles
Directed by: Sébastien Pilote
Canada, 2018, 96 min
The sleepy town where Léo lives doesn’t offer her much chance of self-fulfilment. Extricating herself from her mother’s influence and her constricting environment isn’t easy for the frustrated young woman, yet happiness might be close at hand. A stylistically precise, pop-impressionistic film about a girl’s quest to find out who she really is, featuring the captivating Karelle Tremblay in the lead role.
History of Love
Příběh lásky /
Directed by: Sonja Prosenc
Slovenia, Italy, Norway, 2018, 105 min
Seventeen-year-old Iva is in the process of coming to terms with the death of her mother. Influenced by this deep personal loss and by the discovery that she didn’t know everything about her mom, the girl slowly immerses herself into a strange, almost dreamlike world. Sonja Prosenc’s movie is dominated by a distinctive poetic that attacks the viewer’s senses, as well as by a narratively loose style and an ability to construct a story with the aid of the subtlest of suggestions.
“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”
„Je mi jedno, že se zapíšeme do dějin jako barbaři“ /
„Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari”
Directed by: Radu Jude
Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany, 2018, 140 min
A young artist is planning to reconstruct a historical event from 1941, during which the Romanian Administration through the Romanian Army carried out an ethnic massacre on the Eastern Front. One of contemporary Europe’s most distinctive creators has come out with an ingeniously conceived film that – although the topic unfolds slowly and in detail – hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch.
Directed by: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France, 2018, 90 min
Young Oksana put Denis in a baby box when he was an infant. Sixteen years later she steals him away from a children’s home, intent on making amends for her neglect. Denis, however, has no idea of the heavy price to be paid for his mother’s favour: the fragile boy has one unusual quality which Oksana has no qualms about exploiting.
Miriam lže /
Directed by: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
Dominican Republic, Spain, 2018, 90 min
Shy girl Miriam is waiting to celebrate her 15th birthday and she wants to invite her guy. So far they’ve only chatted online, and the anticipated blind date only complicates things. A gentle picture about the uncertainties of growing up, girls’ competitiveness, and the demands of others, which can all be confusing when you’re young.
Panický záchvat /
Directed by: Paweł Maślona
Poland, 2017, 100 min
In his blackly humorous debut, talented director Paweł Maślona has submitted a consummate answer to the question whether or not a panic attack can be translated into film language. Dramatic moments in the lives of several unfortunates living in contemporary Warsaw are here presented with refreshing playfulness and a singular knack for mixing the tragic and the comic.
Directed by: Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Israel, 2018, 100 min
Being able to care for a gravely ill daughter is of the utmost importance to a loving father. The treatment which is to give the child a new chance at life is something the poorly paid widower simply can’t afford. The idea to start performing again with a rock band from his early days, however, sees the devout man confronting not only those around him but – above all – himself as well.
Cesta do Florianópolisu /
Directed by: Ana Katz
Argentina, Brazil, France, 2018, 103 min
Lucrecia, Pedro, and their teenage kids Julian and Florencia set out from Buenos Aires one sweltering day in a rattletrap Renault to vacation in the Brazilian summer resort of Florianópolis. Renowned Argentinian director Ana Katz draws upon gentle humor and light melancholy to relate a tale of first love, past lovers, fateful encounters, and fleeting joys.
To the Night
Do noci /
To the Night
Directed by: Peter Brunner
Austria, USA, 2018, 102 min
As a child Norman survived a fire that took the rest of his family. As an adult he is still struggling with the resulting trauma, and he finds it difficult to start a new life with his girlfriend and little boy. An oppressive atmosphere, subtle hints, and spectacular images playing upon the subconscious – these are the primary attributes of this brutally intimate study of a wounded individual. Captivating Caleb Landry Jones excels in the main role.
Všechno bude /
Directed by: Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovak Republic, 2018, 85 min
Mischievously self-assured Mára and somewhat eccentric Heduš set out into the frozen wastes in search of adventure – by car, naturally. After all, Mára’s turning fifteen soon. A road movie about the flies that occasionally buzz around even in winter, and a story – before it ends at the police station – that tells of the elusive bond of boyhood friendship and the irrepressible desire to experience something, even if you don't exactly know what.