Films ordered by section
516 5/7 17:00 Grand Hall 6P1 6/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 7L4 7/7 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 835 8/7 19:00 Congress HallDirected by: Ofir Raul Graizer
Israel, Germany, Czech Republic, 2022, 127 min
Eli works as a swimming coach in Chicago but news of his father’s death necessitates his return to his native Israel. His decision to contact a friend from his childhood sets in motion a series of events that have a lasting impact on everyone’s lives. An affectionate tribute to 60s and 70s cinema and an enchanting tale of love and friendship – that’s the essence of America.
417 4/7 20:00 Grand Hall 5P2 5/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 6L6 6/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 735 7/7 19:00 Congress HallDirected by: Tomasz Wiński
Czech Republic, Poland, 2022, 95 min
After years together, Petr and Hana share their unspoken erotic fantasies. What begins as an innocent conversation gradually turns into curious experimentation with a non-monogamous approach to their relationship. This debut by Tomasz Wiński boldly explores various forms of intimacy and the possibilities of its depiction on the big screen.
617 6/7 20:00 Grand Hall 7P2 7/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 8L6 8/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 934 9/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Masaaki Kudo
Japan, 2022, 128 min
An unadorned perspective on impoverished life in Okinawa. 17-year-old Aoi works as a nightclub hostess in order to earn rent money and to provide for her little boy and his lazy father, who has no qualms about hitting his wife. Yet how dark does reality have to get before it stifles the rays of hope that filter through?
216 2/7 17:00 Grand Hall 3P2 3/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 4L6 4/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 533 5/7 13:00 Congress HallDirected by: Anna Kazejak
Poland, 2022, 96 min
Two families who have known each other for years spend the long May weekend camping together as usual on the idyllic Danish island of Bornholm. However, instead of the relaxation they had anticipated, the holiday turns into purgatory… An acerbic Polish comedy on the pitfalls of raising children, midlife crisis and partnership discord.
316 3/7 17:00 Grand Hall 4P1 4/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 5L7 5/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 633 6/7 13:00 Congress HallDirected by: Sophie Linnenbaum
Germany, 2022, 120 min
Paula is a supporting role aspiring to become a main character. Yet, just before her final exams, her emotive music generator suddenly starts playing up, which presents a major problem for her. No starring role can survive without a heartrending accompaniment from the strings. The Ordinaries is a film about what it’s like to live in a film. An enchanting ode to cinema, a whirl of ideas, and playfulness in every take.
616 6/7 17:00 Grand Hall 7P1 7/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 8L4 8/7 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 933 9/7 13:00 Congress HallDirected by: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva
Bulgaria, Germany, 2022, 110 min
A provincial hospital in Bulgaria, Covid ward. This observational documentary draws our attention to the country’s antiquated healthcare system and reminds us of our attitudes at the time when faced with an unknown threat. A skilfully constructed survey of the bleak goings-on in an underfunded facility where, even when looking death in the face, people still manage to find their sense of humour.
416 4/7 17:00 Grand Hall 5P1 5/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 6L4 6/7 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 736 7/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze
Georgia, Germany, 2022, 107 min
Tina, a young woman who has lost her way in life, rents a room from the vibrant Megi, thanks to whom she gradually starts to discover what it’s like to be free and to be able to make her own decisions without being reliant on men… Self-assured in its directorial style, this authentic film portrays millennials in contemporary Tbilisi and points to the influence of patriarchal thinking on Georgian society.
517 5/7 20:00 Grand Hall 6P2 6/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 7L6 7/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 836 8/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Christos Passalis
Greece, 2022, 81 min
Aris and Anna meet one evening in a half-abandoned town surrounded by antennas. In this strange, dreamlike world the two solitary souls gradually start to develop feelings for one another… A melancholic love story with a mesmeric atmosphere and striking visuals that proves Greek cinema has lost nothing of its originality.
716 7/7 17:00 Grand Hall 8P1 8/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 932 9/7 10:30 Congress Hall 9L4 9/7 16:00 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Sadaf Foroughi
Canada, Iran, 2022, 99 min
A young swimmer is training for the national championships with his new coach. But the alliance between the two young men elicits disapproval from the people around them. This social drama, set in northern Iran, is the second film by Sadaf Foroughi who, since her successful feature debut Ava, has continued to develop her distinctive visual narrative style.
217 2/7 20:00 Grand Hall 3P1 3/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 4L7 4/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 534 5/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Kristina Buožytė, Bruno Samper
Lithuania, France, Belgium, 2022, 114 min
At some point in the future the Earth’s ecosystem collapses. A tough 13-year-old called Vesper, whose father is paralysed, tries to get food for them wherever she can. When she finds a mysterious woman in the forest one day she starts to hope that things will change… Thanks to a combination of a unique artistic concept, strong performances from the cast, and an imaginative score, this dystopian sci-fi offers viewers a comprehensive audiovisual experience.
317 3/7 20:00 Grand Hall 4P2 4/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 5L6 5/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 634 6/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Beata Parkanová
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, 2022, 104 min
Beata Parkanová, the filmmaker behind Moments, returns to Karlovy Vary with an exceptionally vivid portrait of the family of notary Václav Vojíř, a small-town moral authority, and his selfless wife Věra. This masterfully told and highly original intimate drama, whose protagonists undergo a difficult ordeal in the summer of 1968, is reinforced by finely wrought, exquisite performances from Martin Finger and Gabriela Mikulková.
717 7/7 20:00 Grand Hall 8P2 8/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 931 9/7 08:30 Congress Hall 9L6 9/7 19:00 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Jonás Trueba
Spain, 2022, 64 min
Two couples in their thirties, heated discussions on the essentials of life unfolding between Madrid and the neighbouring countryside. Directorial star of Spanish film Jonás Trueba (The August Virgin, KVIFF 2019) is a master of soulful cinematic miniatures which don’t require long hours to convey profound, existential feelings infused with enchanting melancholy and gentle humour.
2D5 2/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C2 3/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 4K2 4/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 554 5/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Šimon Holý
Czech Republic, 2022, 85 min
What do you do when love simply isn’t on the cards and keeps passing you by? 60-year-old Kristýna has lost her last ray of hope, so she goes off with her daughter Sára to talk to a fortune-teller about her sorry lot in life. One year on from Mirrors in the Dark, Šimon Holý brings us another wholly independent film about life’s traumas as seen from a female perspective, this time with a liberal dose of esoterica on top.
4D5 4/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5C2 5/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 6L1 6/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 752 7/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Mladen Kovačević
Serbia, France, Qatar, 2022, 90 min
In 1972 Yugoslavia became the site of Europe’s last smallpox epidemic. This gripping archival documentary, aptly described by its creators as a medical thriller, reconstructs the dramatic events of those spring months, and viewers will find it difficult not to draw comparisons with the worldwide events of the past two years.
5D5 5/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6C2 6/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 7L2 7/7 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 853 8/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Tomáš Bojar, Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic, 2022, 102 min
Artistic endeavour isn’t about competing; even so, applicants still have to be placed in order of merit at the academy’s entrance exams. But how do you assess artistic talent? And what role can art play in today’s world? A layered, observational documentary which presents a portrait of an institution and a light generational statement in one.
4D6 4/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5C4 5/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 6L2 6/7 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 753 7/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Tomasz Wasilewski
Poland, Romania, Germany, 2022, 109 min
Marlena (62) and Tomasz (42) are living contentedly in a house on the coast, wrapped up in their own little world. But their cosy existence is turned upside down by Marlena’s decision to bring home her sick son… In his unsettling family drama Tomasz Wasilewski concentrates on compelling visual stylisation and a detached narrative form, while the carefully composed images well illustrate the protagonists’ inner struggle.
3D5 3/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4C2 4/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 5K1 5/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 652 6/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Marco Berger
Argentina, 2022, 102 min
It's the Christmas holidays, and Andy leaves the city in order to spend some time at a luxury villa with his best friends. As they goof around, their initial consensual horseplay reveals that they each have different personal boundaries. Marco Berger’s new film takes a subversive look at masculinity in its dangerously toxic form.
6D4 6/7 15:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 7C3 7/7 14:30 Čas Cinema 8L2 8/7 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 953 9/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Emmanuel Tardif
Canada, 2022, 151 min
A wealthy family withdraws from society after something unforeseen happens. When one of its members leaves the house on the pretext of paying an innocent visit to someone outside, the family’s fragile equilibrium is disturbed. In Broad Daylight presents an inscrutable, tantalisingly elusive fictional world enhanced by a colourful array of absurd characters.
6D6 6/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 7C2 7/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 8L1 8/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 952 9/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Dornaz Hajiha
Iran, 2022, 78 min
Haleh and her husband Amir are having to cope with a tough situation: their four-year-old son Ilya has suddenly stopped talking. There is evidently no physiological cause, so they go to see a psychotherapist who comes up with a radical solution. Ilya’s mother, who has cared for him until now, is to take a back seat while the father assumes her role looking after the child. This change in the established order sends the family into a downward spiral of tension and aggression, and it's extremely difficult to see a way out.
3D6 3/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4C4 4/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 5K2 5/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 653 6/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Eduardo Casanova
Spain, Argentina, 2022, 80 min
Mateo lives with his mother Libertad in a rose-tinted world: a microcosm which has precisely two inhabitants, mother and son. One day Mateo is diagnosed with cancer… There are few films which defy all the rules in order to tell an utterly realistic story, and La Pietá is one of them. We find ourselves in a reality where the mother exercises the same kind of power as the dictator governing North Korea. Just as toxic, just as absolute, and just as deadly.
5D6 5/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6C4 6/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 7L1 7/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 852 8/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Andrea Bagney
Spain, 2022, 80 min
When Ramona meets the charismatic Bruno on one of her strolls through the city, it never occurs to her that she might encounter him again the following day. Will an innocent flirtation get in the way of her career dreams and the perfectly good relationship she has with her boyfriend? A refreshing romantic comedy that sets the scene for the immortal feud between sense and sensibility.
7D5 7/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8C2 8/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 9L1 9/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 954 9/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Gregorio Graziosi
Brazil, 2022, 105 min
If film geometry were a field of study, then this supremely aesthetic “figure” from Brazil would deserve special attention. A sports drama and fanciful “body thriller” in one, the film tells the story of Marina, who competes in synchronised diving events. However, an attack of tinnitus – an unbearable ringing sound in the ears – drags her from the top of her game to the edge of madness.
2D6 2/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C4 3/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 4K1 4/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 552 5/7 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić
Croatia, Serbia, 2022, 104 min
Yugoslavia, late 1980s. Parents and son are hastily making the final preparations for Christmas Eve dinner. Their beloved uncle will be turning up from Germany any minute now. But, hang on, are things really as they seem? An unnerving debut à la Haneke that cleverly balances on the edge of farce and oppressive thriller while ingeniously toying with narrative structure.
7D6 7/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8C4 8/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 9L2 9/7 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 955 9/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Andreas Horvath
Austria, 2022, 73 min
The pandemic brought society to a standstill, but from an animal’s perspective the world didn't change that much. Unless, of course, you live in a zoo. What was life like in the Salzburg zoo when no visitors were allowed? Microstories from the pavilions, enclosures, and terraria, told with Horvath’s typical sense of humor.
519 5/7 22:30 Grand Hall 6P4 6/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 727 7/7 21:00 Small Hall 8C6 8/7 21:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Adam Sedlák
Czech Republic, 2022, 105 min
“Dude, do you have any idea how hard it is to get yourself among the top players?” says Láďa to his best friend Alex, who is determined to record a hit with an established rapper. When it finally looks like he might get his chance, a small problem presents itself: it costs a ton of money and Alex just gave up dealing. And so begins an adrenaline ride filled with rap and drugs.
613 6/7 11:00 Grand Hall 723 7/7 12:00 Small Hall 8L7 8/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 9D2 9/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Miroslav Krobot
Czech Republic, 2022, 90 min
An actor called Šnajdr is given an opportunity to make his debut as a director. He doesn’t think twice about leaving Prague and dashing off to Olomouc, where he is met by the grumpy director of the town’s cultural centre and his eccentric grandma, who is to be the star of his production and who's perfectly attuned to his sense of humour and mystification… A bittersweet comedy directed by Miroslav Krobot and starring Pavel Šimčík and Iva Janžurová.
415 4/7 14:00 Grand Hall 5P3 5/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 624 6/7 15:00 Small Hall 9D7 9/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Jake Paltrow
USA, Israel, 2022, 105 min
This thrilling yet, at its core, empathetic and humanist film looks at the infamous trial of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the mass extermination of Jews during the Second World War. Depicting the events preceding Eichmann’s execution, it approaches the important and much publicized Nazi criminal through the eyes of three participants in these events.
5D3 5/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 6P3 6/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 724 7/7 15:00 Small Hall 935 9/7 19:00 Congress HallDirected by: Matt Sarnecki
Denmark, USA, Czech Republic, 2022, 102 min
In February 2018 Slovakia was shaken by the cold-blooded murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée. This Danish documentary coproduction unravels the tentacles of the Slovak mafia and much else besides, and this from a valuable foreign perspective. The appalling story is reminiscent of the plot from a sophisticated thriller, although the sad fact remains that the reality itself was and still is just as barbaric.
5K4 5/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 6C5 6/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 8H3 8/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Tizian Büchi
Switzerland, 2022, 104 min
A view of a microcosm reflecting the nuances of human coexistence in Europe, or a playful mystery full of amusing, open-ended plot lines? Perhaps it’s both. An observational documentary and also a magical realist visit to the Lausanne suburbs where, for some unknown reason, two watchmen are guarding a small river in a nearby park.
5P4 5/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 635 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall 755 7/7 20:00 Cinema B 951 9/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Lukas Sturm, Lila Schwarzenberg
Austria, Czech Republic, 2022, 79 min
An intimate portrait of the relationship between Karel Schwarzenberg, a key figure of the post-November 1989 era, and his daughter Lila Schwarzenberg. The fascinating discussions, filmed over a period of five years, also open up uncomfortable, controversial themes, such as the complex process of growing up in the shadow of a charismatic father, moreover, under the weight of aristocratic traditions and customs.
225 2/7 18:00 Small Hall 333 3/7 13:00 Congress Hall 6L7 6/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 856 8/7 22:30 Cinema BDirected by: Štěpán FOK Vodrážka
Czech Republic, 2022, 70 min
Orion, Vladimir 518 and Mike Trafik are Peneři strýčka Homeboye (Uncle Homeboy’s Hoboes). Three lads from Prague, legendary rappers on the cusp of middle age, friends. Graffiti, the first attempts at rap, parties, fame, booze and drugs. Sky-rocketing popularity (but well-earned), downfalls, crises and comebacks. A cleverly shot, incisive triple portrait that flouts all the taboos.
427 4/7 21:00 Small Hall 5K3 5/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 656 6/7 22:30 Cinema B 7H5 7/7 22:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Magdalena Lauritsch
Austria, 2022, 110 min
It's the year 2056 and oxygen is running out on a devastated Earth. One possible solution is a project being developed on the space station Rubikon under the supervision of the idiosyncratic geneticist Dimitri. A work of pure science fiction, Rubikon is unusual within the context of European cinema. Despite its genre identification, it tries to answer questions related to the climate crisis and individual responsibility for the good of mankind.
2D7 2/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3L7 3/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 636 6/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Goran Stolevski
Australia, United Kingdom, Serbia, 2021, 109 min
A remote mountain village is under threat from a bloodthirsty witch named Marie, whose spirit is capable of entering the bodies of murder victims and slain animals. One day the witch leaves her mark on the newborn Nevena, and the girl’s fate is sealed forever… Stalevski delivers a highly original, atmospheric horror flick, working with Macedonian mythology as he deftly interweaves folkloric motifs with existential questions, while also examining the position of women.
1H1 1/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 253 2/7 14:00 Cinema B 6C6 6/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 8K5 8/7 21:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Gastón Solnicki
Austria, Argentina, 2022, 81 min
A way of seeing which endows its objects with nobility and connects the far and near, the open and the closed. Angeliki Papoulia, a wealthy yet perpetually dissatisfied woman, is looking for an apartment in Vienna at a time when the smoking ban in public places impacts the city’s coffeehouse culture. After its premiere at the Berlinale the film won Best Director at the BAFICI festival in Buenos Aires.
132 1/7 10:30 Congress Hall 352 3/7 11:30 Cinema B 551 5/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Charlotte Wells
United Kingdom, USA, 2022, 98 min
Sometime in the nineties, somewhere in a Turkish coastal resort, Calum (Paul Mescal), a young, divorced father, is spending the vacation with his daughter Sophie (Francesca Corio), a girl almost in her teens. This debut by Charlotte Wells, one of the most agreeable surprises at this year’s Cannes festival, captures fragments of childhood memories and doesn’t require flamboyant gestures to portray unutterably intense life impressions.
1K1 1/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 3L1 3/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 4H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 9H3 9/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Jöns Jönsson
Germany, 2022, 112 min
A chilling character study. When the likable young Julius invites his co-workers to go sailing with him on his family yacht, nothing feels out of the ordinary. But even before the group gets on board, serious cracks appear in the image of the main protagonist. Who is this Julius, and what drives his actions?
2C6 2/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 327 3/7 21:00 Small Hall 6H1 6/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 9K1 9/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, 2022, 123 min
The combative 14-year-old Addi takes a bullied classmate under his wing and introduces him to his gang of friends. Can a bully become a protector and vice versa? A disturbing yet highly sensitive drama about the reverse side of adolescence, the beauties and cruelties of childhood, and the dark twists and turns of male friendship.
312 3/7 09:30 Grand Hall 6C1 6/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 8P4 8/7 19:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Maryam Touzani
Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark, 2022, 118 min
Halim and Mina own a small family tailor shop that specializes in sewing ceremonial caftans. Since traditional hand-crafted work is time-consuming, Halim decides to hire an assistant, Youssef. The presence of the attractive young man arouses long-suppressed feelings in Halim, something that does not go unnoticed by his wife Mina… A deeply moving melodrama about the many forms of love, The Blue Caftan excels thanks to a sophisticated script and outstanding performances from the three leads.
131 1/7 08:30 Congress Hall 234 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall 8P5 8/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Lorenzo Vigas
Mexico, USA, 2021, 92 min
Award-winning director Lorenzo Vigas returns with another subtle study of paternal authority and the lost vulnerable souls who intuitively gravitate towards it. In this dramatic tale of an orphaned boy, he uncovers the cruel ecosystem of cheap day labor on the Mexican periphery while managing to capture subtle emotional processes in the mesmerizing stony countenance of the young non-actor Hatzín Navarrete.
153 1/7 14:00 Cinema B 255 2/7 20:00 Cinema B 527 5/7 21:00 Small Hall 6K3 6/7 15:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Maksym Nakonechnyi
Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sweden, 2022, 107 min
Soldier Lilia returns home from the war after several months in captivity in the Donbass, where she was being held by separatists. Her brutal treatment brings on trauma which torments her in harrowing dreams. As an expert in aerial reconnaissance, she saw action on the front line from a drone’s perspective. Yet, if you just want to carry on living your life, a bird’s-eye view isn’t necessarily the best option.
133 1/7 13:00 Congress Hall 353 3/7 14:00 Cinema B 5H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 751 7/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected by: Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
Russia, Estonia, France, 2021, 126 min
Leningrad, 1938. The Stalinist machine is running at full throttle, seeking out enemies of the state and executing the innocent. One of the executioners is the well-respected Captain Volkonogov, but he soon realizes the heinous nature of the system of which he has become a part. On a sudden impulse, he decides to seek out the relatives of his victims and to ask for forgiveness, even though he risks soon being silenced.
713 7/7 11:00 Grand HallDirected by: Lukas Dhont
Belgium, France, Netherlands, 2022, 105 min
Thirteen-year-old Rémi and Léo are inseparable. Their intense friendship also involves an unusual physical closeness, which becomes the target of sneering remarks from their adolescent classmates and irrevocably disrupts their relationship. This intimately tender and oppressively painful film about growing up was considered by many to be the emotional pinnacle of this year’s festival in Cannes, where it earned the Grand Prix (ex aequo).
1P2 1/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 2C5 2/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 611 6/7 08:30 Grand Hall 824 8/7 15:00 Small HallDirected by: Marie Kreutzer
Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France, 2022, 113 min
It is the year 1877 and Elisabeth of Bavaria is celebrating her fortieth birthday. In the same way her tight-fitting corset confines her body, the restrictive way of life at the Viennese court is stifling her personality. The myth of Empress Sissi returns, this time played by Vicky Krieps, who is outstanding in this quick-witted costume drama about a restless woman longing for freedom and emancipation.
151 1/7 09:00 Cinema B 2H1 2/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 6K2 6/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 725 7/7 18:00 Small HallDirected by: Ali Cherri
France, Sudan, Lebanon, Germany, Serbia, Qatar, 2022, 80 min
Renowned visual artist Ali Cherri makes his debut in feature film with the enigmatic story of Maher, a Sudanese labourer who works in a brickyard on the banks of the Nile and, every evening, he wanders off into the desert to continue constructing a mysterious monster made of mud. This mesmerising allegory with its uncompromising political subtext entranced audiences at this year’s festival in Cannes.
3D3 3/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4P5 4/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 8D7 8/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 9C6 9/7 21:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Park Chan-wook
South Korea, 2022, 138 min
A strange death in the mountains, a mysterious widow, and a detective slowly discovering unwanted emotions. Can one silence the past for the sake of love? This stylish romance full of mysterious plot twists resists labeling as the South Korean master of the mystery thriller comes up with one great idea after another. A well-deserved best director winner at Cannes.
314 3/7 13:00 Grand Hall 654 6/7 17:00 Cinema B 7P4 7/7 19:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch
Italy, Belgium, France, 2022, 147 min
Bruno hails from a remote Alpine village; Pietro is a son of the city. Despite their different backgrounds, the two men are bound by a strong friendship. Whether on their own or together, they are both searching for the answers to life in the high mountains. An intimate story set amidst the spectacular panoramas of the Alps and Nepal, The Eight Mountains took home the Jury Prize in the main competition at this year’s festival in Cannes.
1D7 1/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3D7 3/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 7C1 7/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 8K2 8/7 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Jerzy Skolimowski
Poland, Italy, 2022, 86 min
Eo is a gray donkey who is freed from the circus by a legislative act. Thus begins his surreal journey through the world, as the audience observes various forms of human behavior through his eyes. A distinctive variation on Bresson’s allegorical Au hasard Balthazar and a formally liberated parable that one reviewer called the wackiest film in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
254 2/7 17:00 Cinema B 351 3/7 09:00 Cinema B 734 7/7 16:00 Congress Hall 8K3 8/7 15:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Rwanda, 2022, 110 min
Zaninka is mourning her dead son, but her husband thinks only of himself. Mukobwa doesn’t want to donate an organ to save his father because he has discovered his dark past. Little Kadogo is learning to hate after experiencing his father’s brutal form of child-rearing. A lyrical film about the role of fathers in a country still haunted by the shadows of a national tragedy.
213 2/7 11:00 Grand Hall 3P4 3/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 5C1 5/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 821 8/7 09:00 Small HallDirected by: Sara Dosa
USA, Canada, 2022, 93 min
Katia and Maurice. A geochemist and a geologist. A charming volcanologist couple who spent their lives on the peaks of active volcanoes, erupting lava and emotions notwithstanding. How small is man when compared to the power of nature? And who do you live for when you could die at any moment? This touching documentary romance became an unexpected audience hit during the festival season this spring.
1P3 1/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 321 3/7 09:00 Small Hall 833 8/7 13:00 Congress Hall 927 9/7 21:00 Small HallDirected by: Léa Mysius
France, 2021, 96 min
Ten-year-old loner Viky lives with her parents in a small Alpine village. She differs from the other children, who mock her for her wild and bushy hair, not just by her skin color but especially because of her supernatural abilities. When her father’s sister Julia appears in the village after an absence of ten years, Viky uses her powers to slowly unravel dark family secrets... Léa Mysius has given this visually and aurally fascinating genre spectacle an extra existential dimension while capturing on film the small-town mindset.
135 1/7 19:00 Congress Hall 2H5 2/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 5H5 5/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 834 8/7 16:00 Congress HallDirected by: Peter Strickland
United Kingdom, USA, Hungary, 2022, 111 min
A flatulence-plagued narrator guides us through the closed space of a manor house where an arts patron and director of the Sonic Catering Institute uses various forms of manipulation in order to get a trio of performance artists to provide ever better results. This intimate satire shows that, in the world of “sonic culinary art,” everything is a dirty struggle for power.
1L2 1/7 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 2K1 2/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 627 6/7 21:00 Small Hall 754 7/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Anna Eszter Nemes, László Csuja
Hungary, 2022, 92 min
Edina would do anything to fulfil her dream of becoming a bodybuilding world champion. The training and performance-enhancing drugs don’t come cheap, however, so she is forced to accept work as an escort at a specialised agency. Everyone sees Edina merely as a walking mass of muscle and, up until a certain point, that’s how she views herself as well. Until love enters her life...
1K3 1/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 2D3 2/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 513 5/7 11:00 Grand Hall 7C6 7/7 21:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Hlynur Pálmason
Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden, 2022, 143 min
In the late 19th century Lucas, a Danish missionary brimming with ambition and ideals, sets off on a journey to a remote part of Iceland to help finish the construction of a church and to photograph the local inhabitants. What appears to be a predictable pilgrimage, however, gradually becomes an unexpectedly intense encounter with the landscape and the forces of nature. For many the absolute pinnacle of this year’s festival in Cannes, the stunningly composed drama with its truly enchanting images was created by consummate talent of contemporary film, Hlynur Pálmason (A White, White Day).
2P2 2/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema 511 5/7 08:30 Grand Hall 924 9/7 15:00 Small HallDirected by: Sophie Hyde
United Kingdom, 2021, 97 min
Nancy nervously paces back and forth by the hotel-room window until a good-looking young man knocks at the door. A widow and former teacher who has never had an orgasm, Nancy has decided to educate herself when it comes to sex. But first she will have to overcome her own uncertainties. Emma Thompson shines in this conversational film that is something like an updated version of Pretty Woman.
1K2 1/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 356 3/7 22:30 Cinema B 936 9/7 22:00 Congress HallDirected by: Lotfy Nathan
France, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Belgium, 2021, 90 min
Ali earns a living illegally selling gasoline on the street. He doesn’t have any contact with his family, but when he receives news that his father has died, he is forced to become responsible for his two younger sisters. The family home is burdened by debt and the police have intensified their search for fuel smugglers… Harka rightfully earned the Best Performance award in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes.
1L6 1/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 2C4 2/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 451 4/7 09:00 Cinema B 9C2 9/7 12:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Michelangelo Frammartino
Italy, France, Germany, 2021, 93 min
In 1962, a group of young speleologists from northern Italy set out for the country’s south to explore the seemingly bottomless maw of an unexplored abyss, which turns out to be one of the deepest ever discovered. Visually compelling imagery brings to life the vertiginous and lofty beauty of nature as well as man’s determination and fragility.
211 2/7 08:30 Grand Hall 421 4/7 09:00 Small HallDirected by: Saim Sadiq
Pakistan, 2021, 126 min
In his traditionally organized family, Haider is the lowest-ranked member. His wife Mumtaz goes to work while he looks after the household. His family pressures him to find a job, and eventually he ends up working with a dance troupe led by the charismatic trans artist Biba. A devastating romance soon evolves. An explosive, colorful, humorous, and sad chronicle of an unlikely love affair.
2L2 2/7 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 4C6 4/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 555 5/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Maryna Er Gorbach
Ukraine, Turkey, 2022, 100 min
Irka and Tolik live in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. It is July 2014, and they continue to hope that the thing which is slowly eating away at their house and their souls – and into which their child will soon be born – is not war. This portrait of people who lose the right to make any decisions about their lives has only grown in urgency since its triumphant premiere at Sundance.
7P3 7/7 16:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Tomáš Hodan
Czech Republic, 2022, 102 min
The Giant Mountains, 1913. At the start of a skiing competition Bohumil Hanč, the greatest Czech cross-country skier of his day, encounters the talented all-rounder Emmerich Rath, whose German origins have brought him problems his whole life. The bitterly cold, but stunning mountain ridges provide the setting for an ill-fated race, where the battle for first place becomes a battle for survival. A dramatic tale of friendship that knows no national boundaries.
123 1/7 12:00 Small Hall 334 3/7 16:00 Congress Hall 956 9/7 22:30 Cinema BDirected by: Emmanuelle Nicot
Belgium, France, 2022, 83 min
Twelve-year-old Dalva lives with her father, whom she loves to no end. But his love for her is not purely parental, as a police raid reveals one evening. Dalva finds herself in foster care; a trial begins. A tale of childhood innocence and the yearning for love, this drama portrays the young girl as she comes to terms with trauma – first, her separation from her father, then having to accept the bitter truth about the deviant nature of their relationship.
125 1/7 18:00 Small Hall 4D1 4/7 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 5P5 5/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 715 7/7 14:00 Grand HallDirected by: Max Walker-Silverman
USA, 2022, 81 min
“What’s love for those with no-one to share it?” asks debuting director Max Walker-Silverman in his lyrical romance, one of the true highlights of this year’s Sundance festival. With his intuitive appreciation of the ephemeral beauty of the ordinary day, with tenderness and a subtle sense of humour, he introduces us to the lone traveller Faye (Dale Dickey), who is biding her time at a deserted Colorado campsite, watching birds and stars as she awaits the arrival of Lito (Wes Studi), a figure from her distant past.
323 3/7 12:00 Small Hall 4P4 4/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 9C1 9/7 09:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
Spain, 2022, 104 min
Amaia has just given birth to her first daughter. She would prefer not to give up her career as a translator, but it’s not easy to balance it with her family and looking after a young child. When her partner goes away on business for seven weeks, the young woman capitulates and goes to stay with her parents in the countryside. Living together gives her a chance to get to know her mother and father from a new perspective, to understand them, and even to forgive them for a few things…
227 2/7 21:00 Small Hall 3L6 3/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 9K4 9/7 18:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Mantas Kvedaravičius
Lithuania, France, Germany, 2022, 112 min
Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius returned to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol six years later to record the inhospitable reality of a city under fire from the Russian aggressors. He paid for his return with his life – but his fiancée managed to get the film material out. The edited footage provides a unique account of war and of the altruism of the Ukrainian people.
21A 2/7 23:00 Grand Hall 81A 8/7 23:00 Grand HallDirected by: Brett Morgen
USA, 2022, 140 min
Over the course of several decades, David Bowie amassed some five million diverse pieces of audiovisual material relating to his artistic career. It took director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) two years to go through it all. He then spent another year coming up with the conception for his film, and five years creating the sound design for this highly unconventional look at the career of an original musician and fascinating prophet. This unique cinematic experience – one of the key events at the recent festival in Cannes – will ride through you like a wave. Brett Morgen’s testament to David Bowie is as elusive and captivating as the artist himself.
1K4 1/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7K4 7/7 18:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Sergei Loznitsa
Netherlands, Lithuania, USA, 2021, 248 min
A portrait of one man, a national awakening, and cyclical history. Under the steadfast leadership of professor Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania managed to break free from its enforced Soviet brotherhood. The events of 1988–1991 are presented through period footage, interspersed with insightful reflections from the main protagonist. The essential anthropologist Sergei Loznitsa again presents history in an agonizingly topical light.
1L1 1/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 256 2/7 22:30 Cinema B 6K1 6/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Ruth Beckermann
Austria, 2022, 100 min
A pornographic classic, its planned film adaptation, and the casting of male actors aged 16 to 99. The result is not an “adults-only” film but a poignant and sensitive performative documentary. Besides reflecting the life of the Viennese prostitute Josephine Mutzenbacher, readings of excerpts from the book introduce us to the diverse participants in the film’s casting, as well as their attitudes, experiences, and intimate histories.
1C4 1/7 15:00 Čas Cinema 355 3/7 20:00 Cinema B 921 9/7 09:00 Small HallDirected by: Signe Baumane
Latvia, USA, Luxembourg, 2022, 108 min
Ever since she was little Zelma was convinced that, if she behaved like a decent, respectable young girl, she would find love with a big L. However, her first, timid interactions with the opposite sex proved that reality is woefully far removed from her amorous notions. Animator Signe Baumane treats romantic relationships – and the expectations that arise from them – with her typical, lightly ironic detachment, and all this seasoned with musical interjections from a Greek chorus and illuminating details of neurochemical processes in the brain.
2L7 2/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 4C5 4/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 5K5 5/7 21:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile, Germany, Luxembourg, 2022, 107 min
The inhabitants of a remote Carpathian village are getting ready for a traditional costumed celebration. Leonid (known as Pamfir) returns home after having spent several months working abroad. When his son Nazar ends up in trouble, Pamfir doesn’t hesitate. He decides to return to his dark past and to take one more risk… Set in the colorful world of the Ukrainian-Romanian border region, Pamfir masterfully combines elements of Greek tragedy, Western, and thriller and brings to the screen one of the most charismatic protagonists of recent years.
124 1/7 15:00 Small Hall 2P1 2/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 5H2 5/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Mikhaël Hers
France, 2022, 111 min
Paris in the 1980s. Elisabeth’s husband has left her, and her children, almost grown up, are ready to leave the nest. After years of financial security and a lack of worries, she must find a new job, and so she tries her luck at the radio show “Passengers of the Night,” which she likes to listen to when she cannot sleep. At her new workplace she meets the eighteen-year-old Talulah, who changes her life and that of her entire family.
1C5 1/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 3K6 3/7 21:30 Drahomíra Cinema 9K3 9/7 15:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Michael Koch
Switzerland, Germany, 2022, 136 min
Anna lives with her daughter in a remote Alpine village. Her love for Marco, who comes to help on the farm, introduces new energy into her life. But the joy of building a relationship and a shared future is soon tempered by Marco’s sudden losses of control… A story of love put to the test, and an evocative look at the hard life of farmers in the Swiss Alps.
2C2 2/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 3H3 3/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 454 4/7 17:00 Cinema B 9C5 9/7 18:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Chie Hayakawa
Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar, 2022, 112 min
The Japanese population is aging inexorably. One possible solution is a government program known as Plan 75, which offers older citizens the chance to die voluntarily in exchange for certain benefits during the autumn of their life. Set in the near future and characterized by gentle humor and melancholy tenderness, the film follows a group of people whose days are far from numbered, as much as society around them would like the opposite to be true.
1C6 1/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 2D2 2/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 7P5 7/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Andreas Dresen
Germany, France, 2022, 119 min
After her son is sent to the American prison on Guantanamo, Turkish-German Rabiye Kurnaz launches a quixotic struggle against an opaque judicial system, bureaucracy, and international politics, helped by her attorney Bernhard Docke. A sensitive comedy about human indomitability, belief in justice, and undying hope.
2L1 2/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 3L5 3/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 523 5/7 12:00 Small Hall 625 6/7 18:00 Small HallDirected by: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Ukraine, 2021, 126 min
2014 – the first year of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. After his capture, the surgeon Serhiy is confronted with violence, torture, and killing. His return home is deeply affected by the trauma he has been through. Valentyn Vasyanovych lets the viewer taste his protagonist’s fear, desperation, and sense of helplessness. During the second, no less painful part of Serhiy’s journey, together they seek the answer to the question of how to live on after having experienced such horrors.
1C1 1/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 5D2 5/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8D2 8/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Ruijun Li
China, 2022, 131 min
The arranged marriage between the taciturn Ma and the lame and infertile Guiying gives rise to a relationship full of patience and thoughtfulness. Told without a trace of sentimentality, this charming film, set in a landscape of deep yellow corn fields and sand dunes, paints a portrait of modest rural life and reveals the unsustainability of the country idyll in a modernizing China.
121 1/7 09:00 Small Hall 3P5 3/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 452 4/7 11:30 Cinema B 8D3 8/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Lola Quivoron
France, 2022, 104 min
Lola Quivoron’s dynamic genre-bending Rodeo takes us into the disturbing world of Bordeaux's suburbs. An underground community of dirt bikers who like to perform stunts on the streets is shaken up with the arrival of Julie, a wild adolescent from the margins of society with a passion for motorcycles. This powerful debut took home an award from this year’s Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
2P3 2/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 5H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 825 8/7 18:00 Small HallDirected by: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Poland, USA, United Kingdom, 2022, 113 min
June and Jennifer, identical twins whose parents are from Barbados, move to Wales soon after their birth. As they grow up, they begin to close themselves off in their own world, to the point that they decide to communicate only with each other. This fascinating story of two unusual, creative beings, profound sisterly love, and destructive dependence is a playful, visual work of cinema that makes use of animation and musical scenes.
1D5 1/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3C1 3/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 456 4/7 22:30 Cinema B 655 6/7 20:00 Cinema BDirected by: Kurdwin Ayub
Austria, 2022, 88 min
When three girls don hijabs and sing their own version of the hit song “Losing my religion”, they become celebrities among the Kurdish community in Vienna. An engaging coming-of-age drama about what it’s like to be a girl growing up in a Muslim family, and also a universal tale of personal development in the face of other people’s views, expectations and conceptions.
126 1/7 20:00 Small Hall 156 1/7 22:30 Cinema B 3P3 3/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema 711 7/7 08:30 Grand Hall 8D6 8/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Paolo Genovese
Italy, 2021, 121 min
A romantic film that briefly introduces us to the carousel of joys and fears of a couple brought together by chance. Or was it fate? Comic book illustrator Anna and theoretical physicist Marco are a pair of congenial Superheroes who, like so many other people, have decided to live together. After all, dealing with shared problems sometimes requires truly superhuman strength.
134 1/7 16:00 Congress Hall 455 4/7 20:00 Cinema B 823 8/7 12:00 Small HallDirected by: Tim Sutton
USA, 2022, 98 min
Rapper Cole returns, exhausted, from a successful tour. The people around him, especially his personal assistant Ilana, continue to work tirelessly on his career, but Cole is detached from it all. He slowly succumbs to a downward spiral of depression, drugs, prostitutes, and alcohol… The lead role in the latest film by established American independent filmmaker Tim Sutton is played by rapper Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly.
222 2/7 11:30 Small Hall 3C5 3/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K1 7/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Denis Côté
Canada, 2022, 137 min
An experimental therapy is supposed to help three women with their sexual addiction. Can abstinence resolve the traumas hidden behind the façade of wild fantasies? Taking the viewer on a journey through the treacherous terrain of female sexuality, That Kind of Summer is an exciting and playful exploration of the possibilities for presenting this subject on the screen without being shockingly explicit.
91B 9/7 23:59 Grand HallDirected by: George Miller
Australia, USA, 2022, 108 min
Professor of narratology Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) arrives in Istanbul for a conference, but when a Djinn (Idris Elba) appears in her hotel room she begins to question her identity as a rational academic. After the adrenaline-laden, post-apocalyptic ride of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), George Miller came to Cannes with this eccentric fantasy and timeless tale of love and yearning.
412 4/7 09:30 Grand Hall 817 8/7 20:00 Grand HallDirected by: Ruben Östlund
Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, 2022, 142 min
Five years after The Square Ruben Östlund took away his second Palme d’Or from Cannes, along with a reputation as the filmmaker behind the wittiest film of this year’s competition. The tale of the young couple Carl and Yaya begins in the world of modelling while, for the second act, we move to a luxury cruise ship. Will the fierce storm which tosses the waves and the contents of their bloated stomachs liberate the super-rich passengers from the futility of their lives? Or will Östlund’s characters again behave like animals even in this extreme situation?
1P4 1/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 2C1 2/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 827 8/7 21:00 Small HallDirected by: Francesco Costabile
Italy, 2022, 120 min
Rose was a child when her mother died, and the family had an explanation ready for her: suicide. Except the fragments of memory that come to the young woman as she is growing up in the care of her grandmother and despotic uncle in a remote part of Calabria suggest something else. In her desire to understand the past and the family dynamic, Rosa uncovers the laws of the mafia world, in which she had only been a passive element until now.
3K1 3/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema 556 5/7 22:30 Cinema B 9C4 9/7 15:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Erige Sehiri
Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar, 2022, 92 min
Debut director Erige Sehiri closely follows the lives of her protagonists, young Tunisian women helping out during the fig harvest. Each has her own story, her own joys and worries, and her own ambitions to achieve something in life despite the limitations placed on them by a patriarchal society. Set over the course of one day, this captivating film about agreeably willful youth enjoyed remarkable success at the festival in Cannes.
2P4 2/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema 325 3/7 18:00 Small Hall 7D2 7/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 925 9/7 18:00 Small HallDirected by: Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Bolivia, Uruguay, France, 2022, 87 min
An ongoing drought forces an elderly Quechuan Indian couple to face a complicated dilemma: do they stay in an inhospitable landscape or leave for the city? In his Sundance-winning debut, director Alejandro Loayza Grisi shows himself to be a skilled storyteller, capable of imbuing a spare drama from a forgotten corner of the world with a universal sense of humanity while presenting, without preaching, a statement on the creeping impact of climate change.
419 4/7 22:30 Grand Hall 6P5 6/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Riley Keough, Gina Gammell
USA, 2022, 114 min
The jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival decided to give the award for best debut film to the extraordinarily convincing look at the life of today’s members of the Oglala Lakota subtribe of the Sioux nation. The directorial duo masterfully guides the viewer through two interconnected storylines set in the inhospitable reality of the Pine Ridge Reservation. An evocative film about the search for one’s place in a world where the descendants of America’s first people still cannot shake the stigma of discrimination.
2K3 2/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 324 3/7 15:00 Small Hall 832 8/7 10:30 Congress HallDirected by: Joe Hunting
United Kingdom, 2021, 91 min
It took Toaster several months before he turned on his microphone – and he only did this when he met belly-dance instructor DustBunny. By comparison, Jenny, who teaches sign language, didn’t need anything like that in order to understand Ray. Shot on the VRChat virtual platform, this documentary film depicts virtual space as a place where emotions are not a glitch.
1L4 1/7 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 335 3/7 19:00 Congress Hall 5D7 5/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Mikko Myllylahti
Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, 2022, 98 min
The optimistic woodcutter Pepe leads a quiet life in a small town in the north of Finland. But the situation changes when he loses his job. A darkly humorous existential drama about the search for the meaning of life in difficult times, The Woodcutter Story asks an insidious question: Is happiness fleeting or does it depend on one’s inner disposition?
233 2/7 13:00 Congress Hall 3K3 3/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 651 6/7 09:00 Cinema B 9K2 9/7 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Miloš Pušić
Serbia, 2022, 85 min
Lidija works for a shady developer, overseeing construction laborers and covering up poor working conditions. But the men decide to protest. Boasting a punk aesthetic, this angry social drama in the style of the Dardenne brothers explores the bending of moral values in a place where capitalism trumps ordinary human life.
5C6 5/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 6K4 6/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8H1 8/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Agrilogistics, Ijen / London, Partial Visions Of Hell (Part IV), Semiotic PlasticDirected by: Cat McClay, Éiméar McClay
United Kingdom, 2021, 12 min
“I didn’t think about religion until it became a violence.” A personal film, where religious iconography merges with intimacy, and in which a dense text accompanies images of Catholic icons and personal items. A colourful prayer which reminds us that faith is bound by many frontiers.
5C6 5/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 6K4 6/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8H1 8/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: a body is a body is a body, Ijen / London, Partial Visions Of Hell (Part IV), Semiotic PlasticDirected by: Gerard Ortín Castellví
Spain, United Kingdom, 2022, 21 min
Here's work in progress that’s relaxing to watch. A stark, analytical and meticulous film which nevertheless pulsates with life as it demonstrates that machines, animals and people can function in a fascinating synergy. Does efficient industrialisation give you a sense of well-being or is it more likely to make you feel nervous? Whichever answer you give, Agrilogistics is a film that will have you reaching for those tomatoes.
1H4 1/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 4K5 4/7 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8C5 8/7 18:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Yuri Ancarani
Italy, France, USA, Qatar, 2021, 100 min
The young and the restless from the Venetian Lagoon. The heroes of this impressionistic docu-fiction piece are shrouded in a dreamlike atmosphere; their prospects, however, are not entirely favourable. A film about a shared experience where, in a world of fast motorboats, there is no room for gondolas.
7C5 7/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 8K4 8/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 9H2 9/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: EamiDirected by: Luca Dipierro
USA, Italy, 2022, 33 min
Does a creaking rocking chair make you feel uneasy or totally relaxed? In this crafty parable by animator Luca Dipierro it’s probably the former. His is a world of informed buffoonery, resourceful infantility and playfulness – the only adversary here is death, and you don’t want to trifle with that. The film’s uncomfortably seductive soundtrack is the work of the Father Murphy duo.
2H4 2/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 3H4 3/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 9H1 9/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
France, 2022, 115 min
What might a film examining the human body from inside rather than outside look like? The answer lies in this fascinating surgical trip with its unexpected arthouse catharsis, a movie which offers an immensely powerful physical experience for hard-boiled festival matadors. However, we strongly advise sensitive individuals of the film’s extreme subject matter and its equally explicit treatment.
2H2 2/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 7C5 7/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 8K4 8/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 9H2 9/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Paz Encina
Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Germany, Netherlands, France, 2022, 85 min
Winner at this year’s Rotterdam festival, Eami is an ethnographic docu-fiction hybrid that poetically – yet without compromise – exposes the extent to which the original inhabitants of the Paraguayan primeval forests were dispossessed of their home. Now, thanks to this lyrical yet clearly intelligible film, they are finally given the space that is normally denied them.
1H2 1/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 3H2 3/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 4H1 4/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 8H2 8/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Kiro Russo
Bolivia, France, Qatar, Switzerland, 2021, 85 min
An urban symphony. Bolivia’s La Paz as seen by two outsiders who give us the opportunity to take a look at the chaos, but also the harmony of a place which is probably more hostile than open towards newcomers. A documentarist approach combines with intuitiveness, while desolation encounters subtle humour.
5C6 5/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 6K4 6/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8H1 8/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: a body is a body is a body, Agrilogistics, Partial Visions Of Hell (Part IV), Semiotic PlasticDirected by: Ben Rivers
United Kingdom, 2022, 7 min
A silent parable that might just as well play out on an industrial estate outside the city as on another planet altogether. A master of 16 mm film, Ben Rivers draws us into a dismal landscape, whose mood suggests toxic devastation, yet ultimately there will be signs of life. Six minutes which, despite a limited palette of colours, generate very strong impressions.
3C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 5C5 5/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K3 7/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: Nest, A Weave of Light, Tiger, Tiger, Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons, Strasbourg 1518Directed by: Joseph Wilson
United Kingdom, 2021, 13 min
An experimental soundtrack from Delia Derbyshire and three queer performers who navigate the discipline of lip-syncing into darker waters. A hypnotic film which resurrects not only the traumas of unknown respondents, but also the ghost of Derek Jarman. A contemplative plunge into the depths.
1H5 1/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 3H1 3/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 7H1 7/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: The Night, Night ColoniesDirected by: Tsai Ming-liang
Taiwan, 2021, 34 min
A woman is receiving physiotherapy for her paralysed lower body; an old man contemplates an even older tree – both are celebrated figures of Taiwanese culture. Tsai Ming-liang in silent communication with people and places, presented in a way that makes us feel as if we were waking up from a restful summer's afternoon nap.
3C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 5C5 5/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K3 7/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: The Cadence – A Tale of Paper and Cloth, Tiger, Tiger, Partial Visions Of Hell (Part IV)Directed by: Hlynur Pálmason
Denmark, Iceland, 2022, 23 min
A period of eighteen months spent in the garden, playfully flipped over into an agreeable short film. Hlynur Pálmason and his three children build a hideaway together and, in doing so, unwittingly capture a palette of micro-stories, the changing scenery and the passing of time. The shifting Icelandic landscape, shot on 35 mm film, is only the beginning.
1H5 1/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 3H1 3/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 7H1 7/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: The Moon and the Tree, Night ColoniesDirected by: Tsai Ming-liang
Taiwan, 2021, 19 min
An old Chinese song about the night which carries off a little fragment of our heart. Ordinary secluded spots in Hong Kong as we will never experience them again. The hustle and bustle of a night which seems remarkably serene. Tsai Ming-liang as a master at capturing muffled streets, the passing of time, and fleeting moments.
1H5 1/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 3H1 3/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre 7H1 7/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: The Night, The Moon and the TreeDirected by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
USA, Thailand, 2021, 14 min
There are demonstrations in Bangkok but the insects on the white bed linen have other concerns, if they have any at all. In his short film hovering on the border between dream and wakefulness Apichatpong Weerasethakul again blends familiar banality with the realm of the dead. While fluorescent lamps attract night-time creatures, some of them are more interested in the food that’s been left out – and a curious stillness hangs in the air.
5C6 5/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 6K4 6/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8H1 8/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Nest, The Cadence – A Tale of Paper and Cloth, Tiger, TigerDirected by: Shazzula
Belgium, 2022, 17 min
A love story from beyond the grave, a tribute to the aesthetics of early cinema, and the fourth meditation on the various forms of hell. Creative duo Shazzula and Daniel Dujeux set off on another of their macabre strolls and, along the way, give shape to an original spiritual world which exposes human endeavour as futile yet, at the same time, romantically enticing.
5C6 5/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 6K4 6/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 8H1 8/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: a body is a body is a body, Agrilogistics, Ijen / London, Partial Visions Of Hell (Part IV)Directed by: Radu Jude
Romania, 2021, 22 min
Even a doll’s house can provide the setting for a macabre tragedy. Or group sex. Radu Jude assembles a junk shop full of toys and depicts existence as a weird and tragicomic collection of amusing contradictions. Bloodless plastic casts are given an infusion of life, which the film describes in all its grotesque futility. T-Rex will still make a comeback eventually.
3C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 5C5 5/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K3 7/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: Nest, A Weave of Light, Tiger, Tiger, Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons, Isn't It a Beautiful WorldDirected by: Jonathan Glazer
United Kingdom, 2020, 10 min
Dancing as if there were no tomorrow, or as if you wanted to flush out a malignant disease. For his lo-fi dance film Jonathan Glazer got together with cinematographer Darius Khondji, while the music was entrusted to Mica Levi, who scored the sci-fi Under the Skin. Empty rooms providing dancers with a refuge from the pandemic now come alive with frantic movement.
3C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 5C5 5/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K3 7/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: Nest, The Cadence – A Tale of Paper and Cloth, Partial Visions Of Hell (Part IV)Directed by: Mauricio Sáenz-Cánovas
Mexico, 2022, 17 min
The rules for a pack of tigers are the same as those governing a mystic community which plans to expel one of its members. The film hypnotically blurs the border between banality and magic, it awakens the tension and strength of traditions, and demonstrates that our lives are often formed by rite and ceremony. The line between grieving and dancing is often pretty thin.
1H3 1/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 2H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre 4H2 4/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre 5H1 5/7 10:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: James Benning
USA, 2021, 103 min
Every state gets its own representative shot, in alphabetical order – from Alabama to Wyoming. A portrait of the USA in fifty-two scenes which might not be picture-postcard pretty, but they’re undeniably mesmeric. A systematic yet unpredictable film – among others, in the way it shows that even conceptualists have a sense of humour.
3C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 5C5 5/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K3 7/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: Nest, A Weave of Light, Tiger, Tiger, Isn't It a Beautiful World, Strasbourg 1518Directed by: Jodie Mack
USA, 2021, 5 min
Even in decay you’ll see beauty – you'll often find it really is there. Director Jodie Mack sets out for the third time in search of poetry in objects condemned to extinction, on this occasion in flowers and other plant life. In its visual eloquence this restful film draws our attention to details and textures and prompts us to contemplate the state of impermanence.
3C6 3/7 21:00 Čas Cinema 5C5 5/7 18:00 Čas Cinema 7K3 7/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: Nest, Tiger, Tiger, Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons, Isn't It a Beautiful World, Strasbourg 1518Directed by: Bram Ruiter
Netherlands, 2021, 11 min
What can you see on fragments of Super8 film? And is there any point in talking about it if you cut the respondents off mid-sentence? Hovering on the border between impenetrable abstraction and very specific perceptions, this fragile work imaginatively plays with the nature of the given medium, a love of which is only one of several personal confessions.
424 4/7 15:00 Small Hall 8H4 8/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: I Was Max, First Work, Then PlayDirected by: Max Ovaska
Finland, 2020, 23 min
Janika is in the advanced stages of pregnancy, a condition she exploits in order to smuggle drugs from Tallinn to Helsinki, since pregnant women don’t have to go through customs. As her date approaches, and with a new job waiting, Janika is nevertheless determined to do one last deal. But soon she feels the first contractions.
524 5/7 15:00 Small Hall 9H4 9/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Winds of Springtime, VinlandDirected by: Angelika Abramovitch
Sweden, 2021, 20 min
If you thought that the ladies’ restroom is a place where women do their make-up while engaging in friendly banter, Catcave Hysteria will disabuse you of that idea. It’s time to tear down the stereotyped image of women as the “fairer sex” who always hold each other’s hair back over the toilet bowl.
424 4/7 15:00 Small Hall 8H4 8/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: I Was Max, CarrierDirected by: Brenda Lien
Germany, 2022, 20 min
After Maxi wins an important music award, the pressure for her to release an album only increases. But pressure equals crisis, crisis equals self-doubt, and self-doubt does not make for a creative atmosphere. Maxi’s inner child can lash out as much as it likes, but her inner cop won’t give it even a minute to play or relax. A playful, glitter-covered study of depression and burnout.
425 4/7 18:00 Small Hall 8H5 8/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: LullabyDirected by: Maciej Jankowski
Poland, 2021, 26 min
Dorothy and Wojtek, mother and son. Wojtek struggles with obesity and with the fact that every morning his classmates see him get out of an old car filled with vegetables. Dorothy worries about financial difficulties – and about Wojtek… A loving drama about parents and children, about accepting oneself, and about a new dress that can change a lot of things.
424 4/7 15:00 Small Hall 8H4 8/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: First Work, Then Play, CarrierDirected by: Lukas Kacinauskas
Lithuania, 2021, 21 min
One evening that means a lot for Max. It’s the first time he dares to go on a date arranged on the internet. The moment he gets into Tadas’s car, he embarks on a journey into the unknown. A sensitive look at the process of self-acceptance, at the moment when we have to stop hiding and to accept responsibility for who we truly are – and not to be ashamed of it.
525 5/7 18:00 Small Hall 9H5 9/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Liquid BreadDirected by: Nicolai G. H. Johansen
Denmark, 2021, 43 min
It’s been a few months since Leonora last heard from her ex-boyfriend, but she can’t get him out of her mind. If only he knew that the things she did in the past were because of her illness. How desperately she would like to look him in the eyes and explain it all. But her yearning for forgiveness could violate the personal boundaries of the one she so desperately loves.
525 5/7 18:00 Small Hall 9H5 9/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: If You KnewDirected by: Alica Bednáriková
Slovak Republic, 2021, 26 min
Three generations of a seemingly ordinary family gather at the family home in southern Slovakia. The arrival of the granddaughter Zoja doesn’t cause any major issues, though perhaps just a little more alcohol is consumed, perhaps one more family secret comes out, and perhaps the gathering leads to a minor tragedy…
425 4/7 18:00 Small Hall 8H5 8/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Fruits and VegetablesDirected by: Magdalena Chmielewska
Austria, 2022, 22 min
As the rest of the world falls asleep, Eva stays awake. In order to get at least a little bit closer to that elusive slumber, she spends her nights in other people’s houses, quietly watching their sleeping inhabitants. Not only is Eva’s ever-growing sleep deprivation a source of fatigue, but it also causes her to see the world differently as its real contours are increasingly distorted.
524 5/7 15:00 Small Hall 9H4 9/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Winds of Springtime, Catcave HysteriaDirected by: Martin Kuba
Czech Republic, 2022, 38 min
Like many others, Daniil has decided to leave his native Georgia and move to Prague in search of better pay. Originally a teacher, he finds a job with Ukrainian laborers controlled by a Russian boss called Sergei and thus becomes a cog in the machinery that takes advantage of the work of illegal immigrants… Vinland looks at the lives of people who exist all around us but about whom we know so little because their identities disappear the moment they relinquish their passports to the mafia who are interested only in profit.
524 5/7 15:00 Small Hall 9H4 9/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre This film will be screened with films: Catcave Hysteria, VinlandDirected by: Carmen Pedrero
Spain, 2021, 14 min
Teenager Amelie is impatiently counting down to the end of the school year. The class is going on a trip to Tenerife, and Amelie can finally pack a pair of jeans – after many years, she can now throw off the orthopedic corset that has kept her from wearing this particular article of clothing. A poetic film about the dreams, desires, and disappointments that are an integral part of our journey towards adulthood.
152 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 2K2 2/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 851 8/7 09:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: The Right Words, The Trees, Sideral, WarshaDirected by: Yi Tang
Hong Kong, 2021, 14 min
18-year-old Shengnan is invited to a mysterious party by her cousin. The party is full of greasy, middle-aged Chinese men, but Jianguo is so very different.
2K4 2/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 4K4 4/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 553 5/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Still Awake?, CastingDirected by: Igor Chmela
Czech Republic, 2022, 30 min
Zdena, a young nurse, starts her first night shift at an old people’s home and immediately faces a difficult task: she has to deal with the body of a deceased client. A gentle portrait of faltering youth and a realistic tale of an encounter with death in a blend of physically intense moments and absurd humour.
2K4 2/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 4K4 4/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 553 5/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Barcarole, Still Awake?Directed by: Marek Najbrt
Czech Republic, 2015, 20 min
Casting is stressful. Hanka (Jana Plodková), the casting director, is heading for a breakdown and her state of mind isn’t helped by the myriad whims of her actors (Vojta Dyk, Lukáš Pavlásek, Pavel Liška) or the unwelcome visits from her ex-husband, a desperate hypochondriac (Marek Daniel). A short comedy by Marek Najbrt with a truly stellar cast.
354 3/7 17:00 Cinema B 4K3 4/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7K2 7/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: Shells, Tomorrow's in a Few Hours, Yung MichalDirected by: Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, 2021, 16 min
Nina is pregnant with Jakub’s child and today he is introducing her to his family. They are all gathered round his grandfather's bedside at the hospital. Nina is trying to put on a brave face but then she gets a surprising request from the dying relative: he wants to see her breasts. This prompts a discussion to which she is not invited - should the patriarch’s last wish be granted?
152 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 2K2 2/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 851 8/7 09:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: All the Crows in the World, The Trees, Sideral, WarshaDirected by: Adrian Moyse Dullin
France, 2021, 15 min
Kenza, 15, and her younger brother Madhi, 13, regularly try to embarrass each other on social media. On the bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic brother to the test: Madhi has to profess his love for Jada, whom he adores, even though she doesn’t know he exists.
354 3/7 17:00 Cinema B 4K3 4/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7K2 7/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: The Last Day of Patriarchy, Tomorrow's in a Few Hours, Yung MichalDirected by: Marie-Magdalena Kochová
Czech Republic, 2022, 9 min
The elevator at a nursing home is the perfect place for a dancer to explore the limits of his body, memory, and the flow of time. Imprisoned by four walls, he is forced to face the helplessness of his own weakening body. Starring Pina Bausch’s long-time soloist Jan Minařík, one of the most important Czech dancers of the twentieth century.
152 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 2K2 2/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 851 8/7 09:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: The Right Words, All the Crows in the World, The Trees, WarshaDirected by: Carlos Segundo
Brazil, France, 2021, 15 min
In Natal on the northern coast of Brazil, the country is preparing to launch its first manned rocket into space. A couple lives with their two children near the space center: she is a cleaner and he is a mechanic, but she dreams of other horizons.
2K4 2/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 4K4 4/7 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema 553 5/7 14:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: Barcarole, CastingDirected by: David Payne
Czech Republic, 2021, 22 min
Šimon (46) has been suffering from insomnia for several years. Behind the illusion of a secure and happy life, he has a monotonous job he doesn't like, his wife looks down on him, his son doesn’t take him seriously, and Šimon has long since lost any hope for change. But then he discovers a 16-year-old YouTuber on his son’s computer whose ASMR videos finally help him to sleep. But he soon realises that the girl means much more to him than he had thought. The illusion begins to crumble.
354 3/7 17:00 Cinema B 4K3 4/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7K2 7/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: The Last Day of Patriarchy, Shells, Yung MichalDirected by: Jan Daniel
Czech Republic, 2021, 29 min
Five 20-year-olds live a naive way of life that often just revolves around alcohol and having as much fun as possible. But their carefree existence is disrupted when one of them becomes seriously ill. The others learn of his illness at different times, which leads to misunderstandings, conflicts, and eventually the sick friend’s alienation from the group. The story tells of the superficial nature of their relationships, helplessness, and disenchantment with the youth perspective.
152 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 2K2 2/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 851 8/7 09:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: The Right Words, All the Crows in the World, Sideral, WarshaDirected by: Ramzi Bashour
USA, Lebanon, 2020, 22 min
Bashir attends his father’s funeral in rural Lebanon only to discover a pathogen infecting the trees in his village. A dark comedy about tradition, grief, and the environment.
152 1/7 11:30 Cinema B 2K2 2/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 851 8/7 09:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: The Right Words, All the Crows in the World, The Trees, SideralDirected by: Dania Bdeir
France, Lebanon, 2021, 16 min
Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from prying eyes he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.
354 3/7 17:00 Cinema B 4K3 4/7 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7K2 7/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema This film will be screened with films: The Last Day of Patriarchy, Shells, Tomorrow's in a Few HoursDirected by: Štěpán FOK Vodrážka
Czech Republic, 2022, 17 min
On Instagram Michal presents himself as a rapper who is one step away from stardom. In reality, he is a fast-food worker in a place from where no-one ever made the big time. What he doesn't yet know is that his dream will come true this afternoon.
1P5 1/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 336 3/7 22:00 Congress Hall 6D7 6/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 9K5 9/7 21:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: David Cronenberg
Canada, Greece, 2021, 107 min
David Cronenberg has set his latest film at an unspecified date in the future when people no longer suffer physical pain. Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart star in another inimitably bizarre work by the Canadian icon of body horror as he asks where the “synthetic age” is taking us, what sex might look like in an era of newly discovered thrills, and who owns whose body today.
2P5 2/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema 61A 6/7 23:00 Grand HallDirected by: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
USA, 2022, 140 min
An ultimate, opulent, lavish, bombastic, and at times stochastic, action-packed ride through the multiverse that masterfully mixes fight choreography with existential questions. A mix of genres ranging from action comedy to family drama, firmly held together by the sensitive brutality of the duo behind the hit Swiss Army Man.
1C7 1/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 328 3/7 23:59 Small Hall 628 6/7 23:59 Small Hall 728 7/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: Martika Ramirez Escobar
Philippines, 2022, 101 min
What would it be like to meet the movie stars of our fantasies? Leonor, an aging former screenwriter for cheap action films whose star dimmed long ago, falls into a coma after her neighbor’s television lands on her head. As a result, in her mind she lives out the unfinished story of the noble Ronwaldo, who decides to stand up to a criminal gang.
136 1/7 22:00 Congress Hall 228 2/7 23:59 Small Hall 528 5/7 23:59 Small Hall 9L7 9/7 22:00 Lazne III CinemaDirected by: Alex Garland
United Kingdom, 2022, 100 min
Seeking to recover from a personal tragedy, Harper sets out for some quiet time in the picturesque British countryside. But a comforting peace is the last thing the surrounding forests and the deranged villagers have in store for lonely visitors. This atmospheric nightmare mix of folk horror and body horror makes inventive use of symbolic language and carefully dosed humor while nevertheless appealing to thoughtful viewers who might otherwise turn up their noses at the usual rural fright-fest.
428 4/7 23:59 Small Hall 8C7 8/7 23:59 Čas CinemaDirected by: Paul Verhoeven
USA, 1987, 103 min
This anti-utopian story of an invincible cyborg haunted by terrible memories as he fights crime on the violent streets of Detroit was not only the most successful film of 1987 but has since become synonymous with the cult of the eighties. Futuristic criticism of Reaganite capitalism was never more fun.
3C7 3/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 5C7 5/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 7C7 7/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 9C7 9/7 23:59 Čas CinemaDirected by: Jean-Luc Herbulot
Senegal, France, 2021, 84 min
Three mercenaries manage to capture a drug dealer along with his loot – gold and a large supply of narcotics. They then flee with their hostage to Dakar, but a technical malfunction forces them to make an emergency landing in a mystical island region filled with violence and supernatural forces where even the most closely-guarded secrets rise to the surface.
1L7 1/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 237 2/7 22:30 Congress Hall 536 5/7 22:00 Congress Hall 928 9/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: Quentin Dupieux
France, 2022, 77 min
What is this film about? About superheroes who resemble the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but call themselves the Tobacco Force and kill extraterrestrial monsters using nicotine? Or is it about the scary stories they tell each other by the campfire when their boss, the perpetually drooling rat Didier, sends them on a vacation in the woods? Hard to say. King of twisted ideas Quentin Dupieux returns with an (anti-)smoking comedy about saving the world.
2C7 2/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 4C7 4/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 6C7 6/7 23:59 Čas Cinema 828 8/7 23:59 Small HallDirected by: Arsalan Amiri
Iran, 2021, 93 min
The Kurdish village of Zalava is home to evil demons. At least, that is what its inhabitants think, and so from time to time the village is witness to bloody conflicts with those presumed to be possessed by them. When local police sergeant Masoud wants to confiscate the villagers’ weapons and dares to call the shaman Amardan a charlatan and even to arrest him, this triggers a massive wave of ill will within the community that leads to unexpected casualties.
224 2/7 15:00 Small Hall 9D5 9/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Federico Fellini
Italy, 1954, 108 min
The Road, which brought worldwide fame to Federico Fellini (represented by an Academy Award and dozens of other prizes), is today familiar to almost everyone interested in the art of film. Centering on hapless Gelsomina, brutish Zampanò, and the scornful Il Matto (The Fool), the film still touches the heartstrings, impresses with its aesthetic beauty and powerful performances, and provokes a variety of interpretations.
615 6/7 14:00 Grand HallDirected by: Tom Hooper
United Kingdom, USA, Australia, 2010, 118 min
After the abdication of his older brother Edward, Prince Albert ascends the throne as King George VI. The Second World War is on the horizon and the country needs a strong leader, however, the introverted Bertie, who suffers from a speech impediment, is something of a joke to the public. His wife Elizabeth sets up a meeting with Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an eccentric speech therapist, thanks to whom the king manages to overcome his stammer and ultimately forges a close friendship with him.
8D5 8/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Philip Kaufman
United Kingdom, Germany, 2000, 119 min
A drama with an all-star cast portraying the last years of the perverse aristocrat, the Marquis de Sade, dominated by a riveting performance from Geoffrey Rush as the eccentric, obsessive, and yet likeable author, to whom writing means everything. When the Marquis manages to get his scandalous texts out of the insane asylum and on to a publisher, the state summons the cruel psychiatrist Royer-Collard to silence him for good.
718 7/7 22:00 Grand HallDirected by: Scott Hicks
Australia, 1996, 105 min
The lives of extraordinary yet severely tested geniuses are fascinating in and of themselves, but director Scott Hicks managed to lift this tale of an unnaturally talented pianist to another level. Based on a true story with an almost fatalistic dimension, the film’s message is further underscored by its unforgettable performances, in particular, by Geoffrey Rush and Armin Mueller-Stahl.
814 8/7 13:00 Grand HallDirected by: Steven Soderbergh
USA, Germany, 2000, 147 min
Director Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic is a fascinating tale of the drug trade told from the perspective of everyone involved: politicians, police, smugglers, and end users. Soderbergh gives everyone their own story, which cleverly intertwines with all the others on the US-Mexico border. Excelling in this star-studded crime drama are Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
9D3 9/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Bryan Singer
USA, Germany, 1995, 106 min
Roger “Verbal” Kint, a survivor of an incident that left twenty-seven dead, sits in a police station and tells the story that led to the massacre... The neo-noir mystery thriller The Usual Suspects needs little introduction. Its meticulously constructed narrative, dark atmosphere, and top-notch performances are all the ingredients of a film that just demands to be enjoyed again on the big screen.
816 8/7 17:00 Grand HallDirected by: Vladimír Michálek
Czech Republic, 1996, 108 min
Czech-American screenwriter Milena Jelinek shifted Jakub Deml’s novel of the same name to a period fifty years later. Although she didn’t experience the Czechoslovak Normalisation era herself, Jelinek’s vision of the all-pervasive deterioration of the time is accurate down to the last detail. Here Michálek proved himself an accomplished director with a sense of subtle testimony, enhanced by suggestive performances from Boleslav Polívka and the rest of the cast and by a cinematographic eloquence beyond words.
3K2 3/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema 521 5/7 09:00 Small Hall 7D3 7/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Věra Chytilová
Czechoslovakia, Belgium, 1969, 95 min
One of the cinematic masterpieces of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Fruit of Paradise is a highly stylised blend of detective story, parable and comedy of morals. For this project director Věra Chytilová brought together the same team she had worked with on her previous endeavour, Daisies, namely film designer and screenwriter Ester Krumbachová and cinematographer Jaroslav Kučera.
6D3 6/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Igor Minajev
France, Russia, 1993, 99 min
Petrograd, 1920. Sofia (the mesmeric Isabelle Huppert) has a single goal: to conceive a child with her husband Trofim. She hopes that, by achieving this, she will finally be able to allay her constant fear that her husband will leave her. Time moves on, no child is forthcoming, and the situation is further complicated by the arrival of a young orphan named Ganka, who becomes a member of the household...
434 4/7 16:00 Congress Hall 6H3 6/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Robert Zemeckis
USA, 1985, 116 min
Marty McFly, the Doctor, Einstein, and a flux capacitor. Robert Zemeckis’s cult movie about a teenager who travels back in time and so enamors his mother that he threatens his own existence is an action-packed ride full of unforgettable lines and violations of the rules of causality. Have a seat, buckle up, and get ready to go Back to the Future.
1D3 1/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 2K5 2/7 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema 7H2 7/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Borhane Alaouié
Lebanon, Tunisia, Belgium, 1981, 101 min
Beirut, 1977. The early years of the Lebanese Civil War. A Shī'a man (Haitham El Amine) and a Christian bourgeois woman (Nadine Acoury) attempt to meet one last time before the latter elopes to the U.S. Corruption, poverty, garbage crises, sectarianism… This is Beirut as seen by the late, great master Borhane Alaouié: a wounded, collapsing metropolis no different from the Beirut of today.
155 1/7 20:00 Cinema B 252 2/7 11:30 Cinema B 535 5/7 19:00 Congress Hall 7H4 7/7 19:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Nina Menkes
USA, 2022, 107 min
How does the language of film contribute to the propagation of gender inequality? Who has the active role of the narrator and, conversely, who is the passive object of the viewer’s gaze? Nina Menkes dusts off the fundamental theses of feminist film theory and, without compromise, exposes the invisible mechanisms that are constituents of narrative cinema.
235 2/7 19:00 Congress Hall 3K4 3/7 18:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Alice Agneskirchner
Germany, 2022, 155 min
In this documentary, the ninety-year-old film historian Ulrich Gregor and his wife Erika share why they called the arthouse cinema where they showed more than 16,000 films the “Arsenal”, and explain what lies behind the name Forum, the Berlinale's important independent section, which they founded and whose program they shaped for thirty years. Besides a personal portrait, the film is also an exciting journey into the history of film and society in Germany and Europe.
31A 3/7 23:00 Grand Hall 6K5 6/7 21:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Jim Jarmusch
USA, France, Germany, Japan, 1999, 116 min
A hit man (Forest Whitaker) who follows the samurai code. Jim Jarmusch’s masterpiece, in which action goes hand in hand with meditation, and which shoots not only bullets but also wisdom. At times it is deathly serious, at other times tongue-in-cheek, with an almost imperceptibly ironic smile crossing its lips.
215 2/7 14:00 Grand Hall 4P3 4/7 16:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Jaromil Jireš
Czechoslovakia, 1968, 82 min
Intellectually challenging films became established in the 1960s and it certainly wasn’t only Godard for whom the adventure story no longer sufficed; it was the adventure of reflection that mattered. Jireš’s The Joke is an example of this cinematic endeavour: if it weren’t for the viewer continually deliberating the impulses that prompt the hero’s associative chain of memories, and asking why fragments of past and present situations are seamlessly blended together, many of the film’s important connections would never come to light.
1D2 1/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 221 2/7 09:00 Small Hall 4H4 4/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 621 6/7 09:00 Small HallDirected by: Martin Scorsese
USA, 1978, 117 min
This unforgettable classic among music documentaries recently received its new digital makeover, presented for the first time at this year’s Cannes festival. The unique film presentation (seven 35 mm cameras) of the last concert by the cult rock formation The Band from 1976, complete with authentic first-hand accounts of a life played out in rock’n’roll tempo, was created by phenomenal director and music-lover, Martin Scorsese.
435 4/7 19:00 Congress Hall 6H4 6/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre 8K1 8/7 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Alexandre O. Philippe
USA, 2022, 108 min
In his latest offering Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52 or Memory: The Origins of Alien), one of the industry’s greatest film aficionados and connoisseurs of cinematic history, focuses on the most original director of our times, David Lynch, and asks to what extent in his mystery-shrouded oeuvre he connects with the ultimate gem of American film production, The Wizard of Oz.
3D1 3/7 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4C1 4/7 09:00 Čas Cinema 812 8/7 09:30 Grand Hall 923 9/7 12:00 Small HallDirected by: John Cassavetes
USA, 1977, 144 min
Myrtle Gordon is a Broadway star. The premiere of her new play is only days away, however, a tragic event drives the actress to the very edge of breakdown. To date there has been no film which has adopted a more comprehensive approach to depict the way in which actors become totally immersed in their craft to a degree bordering on self-destruction. An unutterably intense experience from the king of independent film, John Cassavetes.
515 5/7 14:00 Grand Hall 7L7 7/7 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 831 8/7 08:30 Congress HallDirected by: Dušan Hanák
Czechoslovakia, 1972, 64 min
A testimony leaning towards contemplative lyricism, this documentary portrays the unique inhabitants of a far-flung region of rural Slovakia as it meditates on old age, loneliness, poverty and the weight of life’s destiny. However, the film is also a reflection of the indomitability of man and of an authentic existence that defies the pressures of civilisation.
4D3 4/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Rudolf Měšťák
Czechoslovakia, 1927, 104 min
Rudolf Měšťák’s silent film The Prague Executioner, based on the novel of the same name by Josef Svátek, is a historical tale of love, betrayal and revenge. The screening of the restored 35 mm copy, coloured in accordance with the original tinting and toning process, will be accompanied by music from an ensemble headed by musicologist and composer Vlastislav Matoušek.
154 1/7 17:00 Cinema B 3H5 3/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 7H3 7/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Mitra Farahani
France, Switzerland, Iran, Lebanon, 2022, 96 min
An affectionate depiction of an encounter between two breathless titans. Jean-Luc Godard and Iranian filmmaker and literary figure Ebráhím Golestán engage in long-distance exchanges of quotations and cryptic statements. Their dialogue, which should have taken place long ago in the last century, inevitably consists of weighty themes, such as humanity, time, art and death.
623 6/7 12:00 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: Hvězdné vystřihovánky: Oldřich Nový v protektorátním filmuDirected by: Vladimír Čech
Czechoslovakia, 1961, 91 min
“A bored housewife, a husband who married her for show, and a stupid boy who is full of himself because he is dating a Swiss woman.” The words of Inspector Tůma sound like they’re from a European melodrama, but in fact they come from a Czechoslovak crime story. A pair of detectives, counterfeit medicine, the high-society setting of a Karlovy Vary hotel, and Oldřich Nový as the aging hotel manager Kraus.
436 4/7 22:00 Congress Hall 6H5 6/7 22:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: David Lynch
USA, 1990, 125 min
Love story, road movie, gangster flick, rock ’n’ roll fairy tale – a seemingly incongruous mix, and yet immensely enticing. It all starts with Lula (Laura Dern), who has been waiting outside prison for her boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage) to be released on parole, handing him his beloved snakeskin jacket. Lula’s mother cannot stand Sailor, but the couple are all the more determined to stay together and run away as far as they can go. In David Lynch’s cult film, Elvis Presley meets The Wizard of Oz.
433 4/7 13:00 Congress Hall 6H2 6/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected by: Victor Fleming
USA, 1939, 102 min
Although the much-adored Shirley Temple had the right age to play the protagonist of this fairy-tale musical, the role of Dorothy eventually went to the seventeen-year-old Judy Garland – supposedly because Shirley’s childlike voice was not suited to the film’s songs. Garland’s pure and sonorous girl’s voice and acting talents quickly catapulted her to stardom as one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Fleming's Wizard of Oz, which amazed its audiences with its special effects, spectacular sets and costumes, its choreography and catchy melodies, has an irresistible, nostalgic charm today.
1P1 1/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema 6D2 6/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 854 8/7 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Eric Lartigau
France, Belgium, 2014, 101 min
Paula is sixteen, she helps her family on the farm, and she goes to school, where she has her eye on a boy she fancies; and, while it wasn’t really her plan, she finds herself singing in the school choir. Except that her life is somewhat unusual: her family is hearing-impaired. A superbly cast coming-of-age story, in which deafness is the least of everyone’s problems. The film went on to provide the inspiration for the American, Oscar-winning CODA.
2L6 2/7 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 4H5 4/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre 756 7/7 22:30 Cinema BDirected by: Teemu Nikki
Finland, 2021, 82 min
Jaakko is visually impaired and uses a wheelchair. He is in love with Sirpa. They haven’t met in person yet, but they speak to each other regularly on the telephone. One day something unexpected happens and Jaakko decides he must go to her immediately, so he gathers his courage and sets out on his own… A film which doesn’t tell a story of physical disability, but it successfully mediates the experience of it. Winner at Venice as part of Orizzonti Extra.
423 4/7 12:00 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: My Sister LivDirected by: Zach Breder
USA, 2021, 25 min
Sometimes the story preceding the making of a film is just as important as the work itself. Zach Breder, a young man living with a serious heart defect, had always wanted to shoot a movie and, with the aid of the Georgia Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he managed to do just that. This adventure story about a boy named Chris who, with the help of his friends, solves the mystery of his eccentric uncle, began as a “mere” dream and ultimately became a professional film which now celebrates its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary IFF.
423 4/7 12:00 Small Hall This film will be screened with films: Level 34Directed by: Alan Hicks
Australia, USA, 2022, 70 min
When eight-year-old Tess learned that her mother was pregnant, she was not excited at the prospect of a sibling. But with the birth of little Liv, who had the same fiery red hair as her older sister, an unbreakable bond was formed that, sadly, was torn apart too soon. Grammy Award-winning director Alan Hicks has shot an equally touching and important documentary about pain transformed into hope.
1D6 1/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 4D7 4/7 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 8C1 8/7 09:00 Čas CinemaDirected by: Ben Lewin
USA, 2012, 95 min
Poet Mark O’Brian (John Hawkes) contracted polio as a child and became paralysed as a result. He has troubles breathing and has to spend most of his time in a ventilator known as an iron lung. Now aged thirty-eight, he realises he doesn’t want to end up a virgin, and so a sex therapist (the excellent Helen Hunt) enters his life. Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance (2012), the film is an unusual yet immensely romantic comedy, in which sex takes a back seat.
1C2 1/7 12:00 Čas Cinema 251 2/7 09:00 Cinema B 453 4/7 14:00 Cinema B 721 7/7 09:00 Small HallDirected by: Shô Miyake
Japan, France, 2022, 99 min
The young boxer Keiko was born with a hearing impairment, and yet she has successfully gone professional. Her style is characterized by a calm energy, but also uncertainties. Will this fragile young woman stumble beneath the blows of life, or will she win her inner battle? This surprisingly poetic film about boxing comes with a reputation as an unassuming gem from this year’s Berlinale.
2L4 2/7 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 855 8/7 20:00 Cinema B 9D6 9/7 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Bartosz Blaschke
Poland, 2021, 118 min
A tale about hope and the promise that it’s never too late to start again and make your dream come true, even if it seems out of reach. Everyone is convinced that 14-year-old Grzegorz is on the autistic spectrum – except his new assistant, who discovers he is suffering from a severe hearing impairment rather than autism. After proper treatment the boy enters a world that had been denied him for so long… A story based on real events.