Films ordered by  section

Crystal Globe Competition

  • 416 23/8 17:00 Grand Hall
    5P1 24/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    6L3 25/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    7K1 26/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    As Far as I Can Walk Strahinja / Strahinja Banović
    Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević
    Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021, 92 min

    Strahinja and his wife Ababuo left Ghana with a dream of a better life in Europe. Instead of reaching the western part of the continent, they were deported back to Serbia. Strahinja has started to build himself a career, while Ababuo is unable to fulfil her ambitions and she feels increasingly frustrated. When she disappears one day, Strahinja sets out to find her… A crystal clear, humanistic story about the need to find one’s place in the world. It’s also a tale of love, the most profound testimony of which might also be the most painful.

  • 517 24/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    6P2 25/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    7L4 26/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    8K2 27/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    At Full Throttle Láska pod kapotou / Láska pod kapotou
    Directed by: Miro Remo
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 85 min

    Fifty-something former miner Jaroslav has always dreamt of a career as a race car driver. In a congenial and jovial manner, he represents not only the charms and struggles (especially economic) of southeastern Moravia, but also the ever more visible chasm between city and countryside. An uncommonly charismatic portrait of a man struggling with the traumas of the past who, with disarming directness, clings to the promise of good luck and a dignified life alongside a new partner.

  • 317 22/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    4P2 23/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    5L4 24/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    6K2 25/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Bird Atlas Atlas ptáků / Atlas ptáků
    Directed by: Olmo Omerzu
    Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, 2021, 92 min

    An ageing proprietor of a technology company (Miroslav Donutil) has dedicated his whole life to his work, so it comes as a big blow when things suddenly start to fall apart at the seams. Olmo Omerzu’s new film relies on persuasive character acting and his special brand of gentle irony to demonstrate that, in order to preserve our dignity, we occasionally need to lose face in the eyes of others.

  • 417 23/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    5P2 24/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    6L4 25/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    7K2 26/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Boiling Point Bod varu / Boiling Point
    Directed by: Philip Barantini
    United Kingdom, 2020, 94 min

    The shift has hardly begun for head chef Andy and he’s already behind with everything. His restaurant is overbooked, there’s a disgruntled inspector combing the kitchen and, if that weren’t enough, a culinary icon and a respected food critic have turned up for dinner. Via a single, continuous shot, we are launched into what proves to be a very hectic evening… The superb Stephen Graham takes the lead role in a British film about anyone who’s ever been stressed out at work and got themselves into a stew.

  • 216 21/8 17:00 Grand Hall
    3P1 22/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    4L3 23/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    5K1 24/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Every Single Minute Každá minuta života / Každá minuta života
    Directed by: Erika Hníková
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 80 min

    The Hanuliaks, a couple from Slovakia, have decided to bring up their son according to Kamevéda, a complex approach to developing the child’s motor abilities and intellect. Unique in its depth of focus, this reflection on child-rearing documents a year in the life of four-year-old Miško, where not a minute is wasted since there is no room for boredom and moments of rest are merely preparation for the next achievement.

  • 617 25/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    7P2 26/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    8L4 27/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9K2 28/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    The Exam Zkouška / Ezmûn
    Directed by: Shawkat Amin Korki
    Germany, Iraqi Kurdistan, Qatar, 2021, 89 min

    If Rojin doesn’t pass the university entrance exam, she will have to go through with an arranged marriage. If she does get in, she will be free. This is the pronouncement of her father, the head of the family. Rojin’s older sister Shilan tries to help her as best she can, yet every well-meant action draws the young woman deeper into a web of deceit and lies. An absorbing drama and daring probe into the theme of a woman’s right to her own life.

  • 716 26/8 17:00 Grand Hall
    8P2 27/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    9L2 28/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9K4 28/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    The Land of the Sons Země potomků / La terra dei figli
    Directed by: Claudio Cupellini
    Italy, 2021, 118 min

    Civilisation is coming to an end. The death of his only relative gives a feral boy the pretext to journey beyond the confines of his home environment; only by doing this will he be able to decipher his father's journal, the most valuable artefact in his legacy. This singular contribution to the post-apocalyptic sci-fi genre tells of a humanity in crisis, while at the same time conveying the adventurous spirit of adolescence.

  • 516 24/8 17:00 Grand Hall
    6P1 25/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    7L3 26/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    8K1 27/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Ne! /
    Directed by: Dietrich Brüggemann
    Germany, 2021, 119 min

    Isn’t the trajectory of a shared life determined in advance? Get married, have kids, be like everyone else… According to Dietrich Brüggemann, who competed in Vary six years ago, 30-somethings conceivably have it all, yet they fail in their attempts to achieve their set ideals. delivers a critique of contemporary values, while also highlighting the struggle to find and nurture love.

  • 217 21/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    3P2 22/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    4L4 23/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    5K2 24/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Le Prince Princ / Le Prince
    Directed by: Lisa Bierwirth
    Germany, 2021, 125 min

    Perhaps they should never have met, but fate wanted otherwise. Monika and Joseph. She is a curator, he is an immigrant from Congo, a businessman with an unclear past and present. They meet during a police raid at a bar, when the first of many sparks flies between them. An understated love story, a melodrama without pathos, a fragile tale about the ambiguous nature of love and the impossibility of overcoming it through reason.

  • 717 26/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    8P1 27/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    9L1 28/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9K3 28/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Saving One Who Was Dead Zpráva o záchraně mrtvého / Zpráva o záchraně mrtvého
    Directed by: Václav Kadrnka
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France, 2021, 90 min

    After a serious stroke, the Father goes into a coma. The Mother (Zuzana Mauréry) and the Son (Vojtěch Dyk) are suddenly confronted with a motionless body; the doctors do not give them much hope. Four years on from Karlovy Vary’s graceful ride Little Crusader, Václav Kadrnka invites us on a spiritual journey to places man is seldom permitted to enter since, here, life huddles up tightly to death and only the resurrected can return.

  • 316 22/8 17:00 Grand Hall
    4P1 23/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    5L3 24/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    6K1 25/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    The Staffroom Sborovna / Zbornica
    Directed by: Sonja Tarokić
    Croatia, 2021, 126 min

    Anamarija starts her job as a counsellor at a new school. Together with her, the viewers begin to appreciate what kind of people the staffroom teachers are, they witness the petty conflicts and also uncover the power games that go on behind the scenes. This self-assured debut from Sonja Tarokić about the individual's struggle within the system and the sheer effort required to preserve one’s integrity also presents a complex study of an institution whose employees have taken on one of the most responsible roles an adult can have – to educate future generations.

  • 616 25/8 17:00 Grand Hall
    7P1 26/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    8L3 27/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9K1 28/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Wars Boje / Guerres
    Directed by: Nicolas Roy
    Canada, 2021, 84 min

    When Emma turns twenty, she decides to join the army. Not only does she want to follow in her father’s footsteps, but she also yearns to rid herself of an oppressive sense of existential emptiness. Although the army’s harsh discipline helps her break free, she slowly discovers that she cannot suppress all her emotions in this male society.

East of the West Competition

  • 7D6 26/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    8C4 27/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    9H2 28/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    9L4 28/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    After the Winter Na konci zimy / Poslije zime
    Directed by: Ivan Bakrač
    Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, 2021, 101 min

    Five childhood friends from a small Montenegrin town have gradually moved away to different corners of the former Yugoslavia, yet they remain in contact, aware that their long-time friendship continues to play a fundamental role in their lives. In his inspired debut, director Ivan Bakrač delivers a spirited testimony of the young post-war generation, who still have the shadow of the past hanging over them.

  • 3D6 22/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    4C4 23/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    5L2 24/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    6H2 25/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Dear Ones Blízcí / Bliscy
    Directed by: Grzegorz Jaroszuk
    Poland, Czech Republic, 2021, 74 min

    Piotr’s father, whom he hasn’t seen for ages, calls him out of the blue and asks him to pay a visit. When he tells Piotr and his sister that their mother has gone missing without a word, the members of this estranged family start searching for her and, along the way, find out all sorts of weird stuff… Employing outlandish and, at times, absurd humour, Grzegorz Jaroszuk examines the theme of loneliness and conveys how difficult or even impossible it is to communicate with other people, particularly our nearest and dearest.

  • 6D6 25/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7C4 26/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    8L2 27/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9H4 28/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    Intensive Life Unit Jednotka intenzivního života / Jednotka intenzivního života
    Directed by: Adéla Komrzý
    Czech Republic, 2021, 73 min

    Even though doctors Ondřej and Kateřina look after their patients to the best of their ability, they can’t prevent their death. As heads of palliative care at Prague’s General University Hospital they face the inevitability of the end on a daily basis. Yet what perhaps makes their job harder is the myriad options now open to them to prolong human life – and this at a time when death has become a social taboo. Betraying her special brand of empathy, documentarist Adéla Komrzý demonstrates that, while there’s no good or bad way to die, there’s always a means to improve patients’ quality of life.

  • 5D5 24/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6C3 25/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    7L1 26/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    8H1 27/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Mirrors in the Dark Zrcadla ve tmě / Zrcadla ve tmě
    Directed by: Šimon Holý
    Czech Republic, 2021, 84 min

    Supposedly, all it takes is 36 questions and you’ll fall in love with anyone. Marie (Alena Doláková), a dancer who has just turned thirty, and her boyfriend František decide to check out this scientific theory for themselves. Yet can we rely on our love for other people if we don’t even know ourselves? A supremely contemporary view of 30-something individuals trying to navigate the way ahead.

  • 6D5 25/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7C3 26/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    8L1 27/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9H3 28/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    Nuuccha Rus / Nuuccha
    Directed by: Vladimir Munkuev
    Russia, 2021, 107 min

    An impoverished Yakut couple have just buried their newborn child and they are now preparing for the harsh winter ahead. When the local governor instructs them to take in a Russian political prisoner, they have no choice but to comply. The foreigner’s presence, however, encroaches upon their lives more than they had anticipated… This evocative drama is a noteworthy example of Yakut cinema, while it also contributes significantly to the debate on the impact of colonisation and the forced assimilation of nations within tsarist Russia.

  • 2D5 21/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    3C3 22/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    4L1 23/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    5H1 24/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Otar's Death Otarova smrt / Otar's Death
    Directed by: Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze
    Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, 2021, 106 min

    Two families, each facing its own existential difficulties, are brought together by an unfortunate event. For one family, the accident has a fatal impact; for the other, it becomes an opportunity for a better life. The film’s careful exploration of all the participants’ perspectives culminates in a meditation on human morals while not shying away from a tragicomic tone.

  • 5D6 24/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6C4 25/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    7L2 26/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    8H2 27/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Patchwork Patchwork / Patchwork
    Directed by: Petros Charalambous
    Cyprus, Israel, Slovenia, 2021, 86 min

    Chara’s family is everything to her, and yet she sometimes ponders a life without them. When she strikes up a hesitant friendship with a young girl, she is inexorably forced to confront a painful past and to answer a burning question: Is motherhood a natural state of boundless love and caring, or is it an ideal imposed by society?

  • 3D5 22/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    4C3 23/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    5L1 24/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    6H1 25/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Roots Kořeny / Koreni
    Directed by: Tea Lukač
    Serbia, 2021, 80 min

    A silent landscape flashes past the windows of a moving car conveying different sets of passengers. The conversations veer towards such diverse themes as carol-singing, nuclear waste, and the dangers of hornets’ nests. Tea Lukač’s anthropological probe gets by with a minimum of cinematic devices in order to deliver a focused study of the phenomena of memory, history and tradition.

  • 2D6 21/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    3C4 22/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    4L2 23/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    5H2 24/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Runner V běhu / Bėgikė
    Directed by: Andrius Blaževičius
    Lithuania, Czech Republic, 2021, 87 min

    When Marija learns that her boyfriend, who has had another of his psychotic episodes, has disappeared from their home, she runs into the streets of the city in order to find him and hopefully prevent a tragedy. Andrius Blaževičius’s dynamic drama, set over the course of 24 hours, explores the subjects of love and freedom. Marija is played with vital energy by the actress Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, who was chosen for the prestigious Shooting Stars program at this year’s Berlinale.

  • 4D5 23/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5C3 24/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    6L1 25/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    7H1 26/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Sisterhood Jako sestry / Sestri
    Directed by: Dina Duma
    North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, 2021, 90 min

    The friendship of two adolescent girls is threatened the moment they have to face the dire repercussions of their manipulative behaviour. The film is set in the teen community, for whom amassing followers on social media is more important than cultivating genuine relationships. In her subtle debut the director adopts an authentic approach to capture the formative moments of youth, which teach us to accept responsibility for our actions.

  • 4D6 23/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5C4 24/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    6L2 25/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    7H2 26/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Two Ships Marťanské lodě / Marťanské lodě
    Directed by: Jan Foukal
    Czech Republic, Norway, 2021, 76 min

    Eliška (Eliška Křenková) meets Martin (Martin Kyšperský) at a birthday party and then invites him to one of her lectures. They clearly hit it off right from the start and, with Brno serving primarily as a backdrop, their romantic adventure begins to gather momentum… A lyrical film which prompts us to consider whether we can really know and understand another human being, and whether love itself is enough.

  • 7P3 26/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    8C3 27/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    9H1 28/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    9L3 28/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    Wild Roots Jiná smečka / Külön falka
    Directed by: Hajni Kis
    Hungary, Slovak Republic, 2021, 98 min

    Tibor and Niki, father and daughter. The young girl was only five years old when they last saw each other, before Tibor was sent to prison. He is released seven years later and tries not to think about the past. Yet he can’t erase his daughter from his life and so they are compelled to start over from the beginning. Both are irresistibly charismatic, headstrong and irascible, but also determined to find a way back to one another.

Special Screenings

  • 513 24/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    623 25/8 12:00 Small Hall
    734 26/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    852 27/8 11:30 Cinema B
    Brighton 4th Čtvrtá brightonská ulice / Brighton 4th
    Directed by: Levan Koguashvili
    Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, USA, Monaco, 2021, 95 min

    When former wrestling champion Kakhi learns that his son Soso has gotten himself into difficulties, he travels from Georgia to New York to help him… Profoundly melancholic, infused with tragicomic moments, and characterized by a sense of understanding for its protagonists, Koguashvili’s film captures the bond between a father and his adult son, an ancient bond in which the older man will always feel the need to protect his blood, no matter what the circumstances.

  • 324 22/8 15:00 Small Hall
    434 23/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    753 26/8 14:00 Cinema B
    954 28/8 17:00 Cinema B
    Dreams About Stray Cats Sny o toulavých kočkách / Sny o toulavých kočkách
    Directed by: David Sís
    Czech Republic, USA, France, 2021, 96 min

    “Do you know what I’ve always wanted to find out, brother? Where do you get your ideas for your drawings?” director David Sís asks his older brother Petr at the beginning of the film. He doesn’t get an answer right away, but perhaps it can be found in this documentary that, with great care, traces the highly successful career of a talented and multifaceted artist whose work crosses generational and geographic boundaries.

  • 415 23/8 14:00 Grand Hall
    523 24/8 12:00 Small Hall
    7L5 26/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9D2 28/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    My Sunny Maad Moje slunce Mad / Moje slunce Mad
    Directed by: Michaela Pavlátová
    Czech Republic, France, Slovak Republic, 2021, 81 min

    Getting married is always a big step, but for Helena it marks a fundamental change in her life. She leaves Prague behind and moves with Nazir to Kabul, where she becomes part of a family she has never met. The new world brings much joy, but also difficulties that a European married to an Afghan man must overcome.

  • 315 22/8 14:00 Grand Hall
    6P3 25/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    The Party and the Guests O slavnosti a hostech / O slavnosti a hostech
    Directed by: Jan Němec
    Czechoslovakia, 1966, 71 min

    Countless parables exist on power and its devastating impact, but only rarely does the focus include the opposing side: not just the victims but also the henchmen, opportunists, informers, lame cowards and, simply, people who lack their own opinions. Never had they been so precisely identified until Jan Němec made this film.

  • 735 26/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    RapStory RapStory / RapStory
    Directed by: Šimon Šafránek
    Czech Republic, 2021, 50 min

    Using never-before-seen archival footage, Czech Television’s online documentary series RapStory traces thirty years of rap music in the Czech Republic, exploring important events in the history of this music that aims directly for the heart. All of it told exclusively by the people who were there and who managed to build up a subculture that tells us about today’s society more than any other.

  • 2C3 21/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    334 22/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    652 25/8 11:30 Cinema B
    854 27/8 17:00 Cinema B
    Reconstruction of Occupation Rekonstrukce okupace / Rekonstrukce okupace
    Directed by: Jan Šikl
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 100 min

    Documentary filmmaker Jan Šikl has spent many years seeking out and collecting private film archives. In this way, he came across several hours of footage showing the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Exactly fifty-three years later, on August 21, 2021, historical memory awakens from a long slumber with this reconstruction of the occupation, a cinematic adventure of a truly archeological nature.

  • 225 21/8 18:00 Small Hall
    3C7 22/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    634 25/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    853 27/8 14:00 Cinema B
    Roaring 20's V ulicích Paříže / Années 20
    Directed by: Elisabeth Vogler
    France, 2021, 90 min

    One day, one city, one continuous shot. Experience Paris in the summer, where life keeps going, even during the pandemic. A city filled with summer love, important life decisions, and unexpected games of chess.

  • 518 24/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    6C7 25/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    736 26/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    8P6 27/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    Suspicion Podezření / Podezření
    Directed by: Michal Blaško
    Czech Republic, France, 2022, 68 min

    Nurse Hana Kučerová never smiles and she treats her patients poorly. When a patient dies under suspicious circumstances, the public, the media, the police, and her colleagues are clear as to who is guilty.... A mini-series inspired by real events that doesn’t try to place blame, but instead seeks to identify the difference between truth and mere semblance. The first part of the trilogy will be screened at KVIFF in its exclusive world premiere.

  • 1D7 20/8 20:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    313 22/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    Zátopek Zátopek / Zátopek
    Directed by: David Ondříček
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 131 min

    David Ondříček’s fascinating drama presents the life of the famous Czech endurance runner and Olympic champion Emil Zátopek, a man who, with impressive nonchalance, pushed the boundaries of human possibilities and took his place alongside other greats who transformed athletic competitions into unforgettable stories.


  • 3D4 22/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    621 25/8 09:00 Small Hall
    9D6 28/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Ahed's Knee Ahedino koleno / Haderek
    Directed by: Nadav Lapid
    France, Israel, Germany, 2021, 109 min

    A renowned director is preparing to shoot a film about the celebrated Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi. But his work is suddenly interrupted by an invitation to a small town in the middle of the Arava desert, where they’re showing one of the filmmaker’s movies. The routine courtesy visit, however, develops into an angry confrontation and indictment of the hypocritical system. This controversial and formally radical film won the Jury Prize (ex aequo) at the recent festival in Cannes.

  • 2D2 21/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    3P3 22/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    618 25/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    836 27/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    Ali & Ava Ali a Ava / Ali & Ava
    Directed by: Clio Barnard
    United Kingdom, 2021, 95 min

    Ali, a charismatic joker who keeps his sorrow carefully locked away, encounters Ava, a likeable woman bearing her heart on her sleeve and a trauma from her distant past. The sparks fly and a romance is born. An enchanting film full of irresistible humour that doesn’t try to paste over reality as it tells its story of love, the quest for reassurance, and the importance of Bob Dylan. The audience hit of this year’s festival in Cannes.

  • 2C5 21/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    355 22/8 20:00 Cinema B
    933 28/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    All Eyes Off Me Ve skrytu / Mishehu Yohav Mishehu
    Directed by: Hadas Ben Aroya
    Israel, 2021, 90 min

    At a party Danny can't bring herself to tell Max that she is pregnant with his child since, in the meantime, he's got together with his new girlfriend, Avishag. Max tries to satisfy his new partner’s masochistic sexual fantasies, but their experimentation doesn't go as Avishag had imagined, and so she seeks refuge with the older Dror, for whom she dog-sits.

  • 251 21/8 09:00 Cinema B
    3L1 22/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    655 25/8 20:00 Cinema B
    7H5 26/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    Amparo Amparo / Amparo
    Directed by: Simón Mesa Soto
    Colombia, Sweden, Qatar, 2021, 95 min

    In this tense social drama, the title character races against time after her son is drafted during an army raid on the streets. A single mother for whom her children are everything, Amparo finds herself at the mercy of a corrupt system as the search for bribe money tests her personal boundaries and the strength of social ties that are already wearing thin. Shown this year as part of Critics’ Week in Cannes.

  • 627 25/8 21:00 Small Hall
    7K4 26/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    952 28/8 11:30 Cinema B
    Ananda Ananda / Ananda
    Directed by: Stefano Deffenu
    Italy, 2020, 60 min

    In this film, Ananda doesn't denote the Hindu state of sublime delight, but instead refers to a tribe of eternally joyful children who have decided to live freely. The search for this elusive tribe forms the apparent axis of this skilfully edited video diary charting a journey through India. The filmmaker has chosen a personal perspective that allows him to rise above the stereotypical travelogue.

  • 2P2 21/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    4C1 23/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    713 26/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    Apples Jabka / Mila
    Directed by: Christos Nikou
    Greece, Poland, Slovenia, 2020, 90 min

    The world has been gripped by a pandemic which causes sudden amnesia. Aris becomes part of a special programme designed to help him build a new identity. This beguilingly melancholic debut from Christos Nikou opened last year’s Orrizonti in Venice, where it justifiably earned unanimous praise from the critics and won viewers’ hearts.

  • 1L3 20/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    5C5 24/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    833 27/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    Babi Yar. Context Babij Jar. Kontext / Babi Yar. Context
    Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
    Netherlands, Ukraine, 2021, 121 min

    In his latest documentary, Sergei Loznitsa takes viewers to Nazi-occupied Ukraine and, working exclusively with uniquely restored archive materials, shows us the background of the tragic events that took place just outside occupied Kyiv in September 1941 – the massacre of more than 33,000 Jewish residents. Loznitsa’s seventh film at Cannes offers a chilling report on these events and places them into a broader context.

  • 612 25/8 10:00 Grand Hall
    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Smolný pich aneb Pitomý porno / Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc
    Directed by: Radu Jude
    Romania, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Croatia, 2021, 108 min

    Emi is a respected teacher at a prestigious secondary school, but when a home video showing her having sex with her husband appears on the internet, her reputation is threatened. Her career will be decided at a meeting of the parent-teacher association. Radu Jude’s caustic three-part satire explores the everyday frustrations, prejudices, and boundless hypocrisy of contemporary society. 

  • 152 20/8 11:30 Cinema B
    2P1 21/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    4D4 23/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    8P5 27/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    Ballad of a White Cow Balada o bílé krávě / Ghasideyeh gave sefid
    Directed by: Behtash Sanaeeha, Maryam Moghaddam
    Iran, France, 2021, 102 min

    Mina’s life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband Babak was innocent of the crime for which he was condemned and executed. The authorities express their regret for the mistake, offer her financial compensation and consider the matter closed. But it isn’t closed for Mina. A drama about the price of forgiveness, if such a cost can be calculated at all.

  • 818 27/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    Benedetta Benedetta / Benedetta
    Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
    France, Netherlands, 2020, 127 min

    Even as a young girl, Benedetta felt that she was closer to God than other people. Several years later, her father sends her to a monastery, where the young novice quickly realizes that one can feel passion for more than just Jesus… Virginie Efira, Daphne Patakia, and Charlotte Rampling star in Verhoven’s erotic drama infused with dark humor and various kinds of miracles.

  • 215 21/8 14:00 Grand Hall
    Best Sellers Bestsellery / Best Sellers
    Directed by: Lina Roessler
    Canada, United Kingdom, 2020, 100 min

    Lucy Stanbridge is an energetic young woman, the heir to a once celebrated publishing house which, at this point in time, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. What happened to that golden age, when the firm made it big with Harris Shaw’s bestseller Atomic Autumn? Now fifty years older, the cranky author prefers to shut himself off from the world, but Lucy is prepared to do anything to save the family business. The phenomenal Michael Caine takes one of the leads in the dramedy which premiered in Berlin this year.

  • 235 21/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    556 24/8 22:30 Cinema B
    925 28/8 18:00 Small Hall
    Between Two Worlds Ouistreham / Ouistreham
    Directed by: Emmanuel Carrère
    France, 2021, 100 min

    A renowned author, played by the inimitable Juliette Binoche, plans to dedicate her new book to the socially disadvantaged and, in order to produce as authentic a work as possible, she secretly takes a job as a cleaner. This working-class drama confronts viewers with several moral questions and lets us feel what it's like to be socially invisible.

  • 1K3 20/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    253 21/8 14:00 Cinema B
    4H4 23/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    953 28/8 14:00 Cinema B
    Commitment Hasan Hasan / Bağlılık Hasan
    Directed by: Semih Kaplanoğlu
    Turkey, 2021, 147 min

    Hasan is proud of his farm and would never allow anything bad to happen to it. And so he fights the company that wants to build a high voltage power line across his fields with the same stubbornness he exerts when faced with his own past later on. Hasan and his wife undertake to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, however, before they leave, he needs to receive forgiveness from all those he has wronged in the past…

  • 3C1 22/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    515 24/8 14:00 Grand Hall
    7C1 26/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    Compartment No. 6 Kupé č. 6 / Hytti nro 6
    Directed by: Juho Kuosmanen
    Finland, Germany, Estonia, Russia, 2021, 107 min

    A Finnish student and a sullen, vodka-swilling Russian miner share a compartment on a train journey to Murmansk. In his highly unusual romantic comedy, Juho Kuosmanen shows profound understanding as he tells of our inherent need for closeness. The film enjoyed an enthusiastic reception at this year’s festival in Cannes, where it won the Grand Prix (ex aequo).

  • 1D5 20/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    335 22/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    654 25/8 17:00 Cinema B
    Conference Konference / Konferentsiya
    Directed by: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
    Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy, 2020, 135 min

    In October 2002 around nine hundred people were taken hostage by terrorists as they were watching a musical. Seventeen years later Natasha, a nun, attempts to organise a memorial evening in that same Moscow theatre, which would help her and other survivors overcome their enduring trauma. A conceptual psychological drama about repressed memory that subtly interweaves documentary events with their fictional depiction.

  • 2P6 21/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    815 27/8 14:00 Grand Hall
    Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan Hrnec zlaťáků: Pár drinků s Shanem MacGowanem / Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan
    Directed by: Julien Temple
    United Kingdom, Ireland, 2020, 124 min

    Irish music icon Shane MacGowan is the protagonist of the new film from Julien Temple, who conveys to the viewer the musician's take on the world and his quirky humour, and reveals something of the inward sensitivity of this punk poet. Spotlighting the frontman of the legendary band The Pogues, Crock of Gold was coproduced by MacGowan’s friend of many years, Johnny Depp, who also makes an appearance in the film.

  • 2H5 21/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    4C7 23/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    5D4 24/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Dawn Úsvit / Zora
    Directed by: Dalibor Matanić
    Croatia, 2020, 126 min

    Not only must Matje and his family deal with an unresolved trauma from the past, but they are also faced with the dilemma of whether to flee the city or remain in a radicalizing society in which the chasm between the chosen elite and those considered inferior continues to grow relentlessly. Dalibor Matanić’s dystopian film shows that sometimes faith alone is not enough to fight the evil around us and the demons within.

  • 4K6 23/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    8D3 27/8 12:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    9C4 28/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    Drive My Car Drajv maj kár / Doraibu mai kâ
    Directed by: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
    Japan, 2021, 179 min

    When a sudden tragedy shakes your world, you welcome any kind of anchor. For Kafuku, a theater director, this is being able to drive his car every day, but then the theater assigns him a personal driver against his will. Even so, there is a positive side to this unexpected companion. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s gentle, obliquely told story rightly earned him the Best Screenplay award at Cannes.

  • 1K4 20/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    2C1 21/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    552 24/8 11:30 Cinema B
    7K3 26/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    The Employer and the Employee Šéf a podřízený / El empleado y el patrón
    Directed by: Manuel Nieto Zas
    Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, France, 2021, 106 min

    Rodrigo, a young father from a middle-class family, is slowly taking over the family business. His search for employees leads him to Carlos, the son of an acquaintance, who is also a young father, though he is struggling financially. The dynamic of their reserved friendship forms the basis for this character study reflecting the economic and social contrasts of contemporary Uruguay.

  • 224 21/8 15:00 Small Hall
    352 22/8 11:30 Cinema B
    653 25/8 14:00 Cinema B
    931 28/8 08:30 Congress Hall
    Even Mice Belong in Heaven Myši patří do nebe / Myši patří do nebe
    Directed by: Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubeníček
    Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovak Republic, 2021, 87 min

    A little mouse called Whizzy and a fox cub called Whitebelly, considered eccentric by their furry friends, find themselves in animal heaven after a freak accident. Although they were sworn enemies in the past, they develop a mutual trust during their shared journey across the celestial sphere and, along the way, they discover the essence of true friendship. A puppet film that will enchant viewers particularly for its beguiling artistic design and precise animation.

  • 153 20/8 14:00 Cinema B
    2L4 21/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    4C5 23/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    725 26/8 18:00 Small Hall
    Feathers Pírka / Feathers
    Directed by: Omar El-Zohairy
    France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece, 2021, 112 min

    An authoritative father tries to give his family the best, and so he invites a magician to perform at his older son’s birthday party. But something goes wrong during a trick with a magic box, and the wife and three sons watch as the head of the household is transformed into a chicken… The film won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize in Cannes this year.

  • 81A 27/8 18:30 Grand Hall
    First Reformed Zoufalství a naděje / First Reformed
    Directed by: Paul Schrader
    USA, 2017, 108 min

    Pastor Ernst Toller was led into the arms of the church by his turbulent past. Now, at a church somewhere in upstate New York, he looks after a small congregation, offering them spiritual advice and a kind word. Although he is a source of strength for others, his encounter with the agitated Mary and her mercurial husband Michael shakes his own apparent stability. Ethan Hawke masterfully tackles the difficult role of the doubting priest.

  • 1H5 20/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K1 22/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    533 24/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    721 26/8 09:00 Small Hall
    Flee Utéct / Flee
    Directed by: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
    Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway, 2021, 90 min

    While he looks ahead to a shared future with his partner, 36-year-old Amin cannot escape the past he has concealed for the last twenty years. Through animation and via a series of interviews, Flee documents the exceptionally profound testimony of a man who, confronted with his traumatic recollections as an Afghan immigrant, finds out who he really is and discovers the true meaning of home.

  • 1K6 20/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    411 23/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    7P6 26/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    9D5 28/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Furnace Výheň / The Furnace
    Directed by: Roderick MacKay
    Australia, 2020, 116 min

    With a nod to the Western, this stirring, big screen drama is set in the 1890s gold rush of Western Australia. The story tells of a little known community of Afghan, Indian and Persian cameleers who frequently sought the assistance of the local Aboriginal people when transporting goods across the country. The same is true of young Muslim Hanif, but his encounter with an Australian bandit called Mal changes his life forever.

  • 123 20/8 12:00 Small Hall
    234 21/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    8D9 27/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Ghosts Duchové / Hayaletler
    Directed by: Azra Deniz Okyay
    Turkey, France, Qatar, 2020, 87 min

    The award-winning film from last year’s Venice festival worked its way with graceful verve to become one of the season’s most remarkable debuts. It’s Istanbul, not far in the future, and the city has been plunged into darkness, yet this has little to do with the sudden power surge. Four characters and four fascinating aspects of an unsettling metropolis are rendered in this punkishly brutal pamphlet about the cost of personal freedom and the dignity of the neglected.

  • 1P5 20/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    236 21/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    3H1 22/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    821 27/8 09:00 Small Hall
    A Glitch in the Matrix Chyba v Matrixu / A Glitch in the Matrix
    Directed by: Rodney Ascher
    USA, 2020, 108 min

    The notion that life is an illusion can be traced back to antiquity, and with the development of information technologies it now appears in sci-fi literature and cyberpunk movies. For some, this is the subject of academic debate, but others believe in it so much that they no longer recognize the boundaries of the real world…

  • 131 20/8 08:30 Congress Hall
    311 22/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    751 26/8 09:00 Cinema B
    8D6 27/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Hit the Road Na cestě / Jadde Khaki
    Directed by: Panah Panahi
    Iran, 2021, 93 min

    A four-member family is driving through a picturesque, mountainous Iranian landscape. But it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary family outing… In his remarkably mature debut, Panah Panahi shows an uncommon sense for capturing the dynamics of familial relationships and offers a vibrant portrait of one family in a road movie where laughter blends with tears and loud music. Hit the Road was a success during Directors' Fortnight at this year’s festival in Cannes.

  • 1P3 20/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    436 23/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    651 25/8 09:00 Cinema B
    7H3 26/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    Hive Úl / Zgjoi
    Directed by: Blerta Basholli
    Kosovo, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Albania, 2021, 84 min

    Like many women in Kosovo, Fahrije is hoping for any news that would shed light on what happened to her husband. Widows aren’t supposed to work, yet times are hard and she is forced to defy the judgement of her community. She starts up a successful business producing ajvar with other widows and, despite initial opposition from their families, as working women they are now able to appreciate their sense of self-worth. The film won the hearts of both the audience and the jury at this year’s Sundance festival.

  • 136 20/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    356 22/8 22:30 Cinema B
    427 23/8 21:00 Small Hall
    927 28/8 21:00 Small Hall
    The House Arrest Domácí vězení / Delo
    Directed by: Alexey German Jr.
    Russia, 2021, 106 min

    When David, a university professor, accuses the local mayor of corruption via social media, the response isn’t long in coming. David is sentenced on trumped-up charges and finds himself under house arrest. This meticulously paced film offers an uncompromising criticism of the political situation in Russia and holds a mirror up to the Covid era. Merab Ninidze excels in the lead role of this biting political satire.

  • 413 23/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    6C5 25/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    9C6 28/8 18:30 Čas Cinema
    A Chiara Všechno nejlepší, Chiaro! / A Chiara
    Directed by: Jonas Carpignano
    Italy, France, 2021, 121 min

    The Guerrasio family are celebrating the 18th birthday of the oldest daughter, yet the supreme talent of Italian cinema focuses his gaze more often on her fifteen-year-old sister Chiara, on the girls' affectionate sibling rivalry, and ultimately on Chiara’s shock at the sudden disappearance of the father she adores. For his third film Carpignano also remained in Southern Italy, a region of harrowing contrasts, absolute love, unsettling gazes and its own rules.

  • 1H1 20/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    3H5 22/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    7H4 26/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    9L5 28/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    Introduction Úvod / Inteurodeoksyeon
    Directed by: Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2020, 66 min

    In his latest look at ordinary life situations, Hong Sangsoo touches lightly on the line separating reality from acting and dream. Between cigarette breaks and polite formalities, this winner of the Best Screenplay award in Berlin slowly piles on the weight of ambiguity where even an innocent embrace between a man and a woman can prove fateful.

  • 2C4 21/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    423 23/8 12:00 Small Hall
    825 27/8 18:00 Small Hall
    The Intruder Narušitel / El prófugo
    Directed by: Natalia Meta
    Argentina, Mexico, 2020, 95 min

    Can the things from our nightmares enter our waking life? Inés is struggling to recover from a tragic loss, but the terrors she is experiencing threaten her work as a dubbing artist. Something seems to be creeping closer, and she is no longer sure if the people who want to help her are truly on her side. The film had its world premiere at the Berlinale in the main competition.

  • 1C7 20/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    3P6 22/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    715 26/8 14:00 Grand Hall
    Lamb Ada / Dýrið
    Directed by: Valdimar Jóhannsson
    Iceland, Sweden, Poland, 2021, 106 min

    A childless couple live on a farm with a flock of sheep as their only company. María and Ingvar’s peaceful life changes the moment a mysterious newborn appears in their barn. A folk tale and an unsettling, horror-like visual poem all in one, Lamb was shown in competition in the Un Certain Regard section, where it won the Prize of Originality.

  • 2P5 21/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    4K2 23/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    7P5 26/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    Laurent Garnier: Off the Record Laurent Garnier: Off the Record / Laurent Garnier: Off the Record
    Directed by: Gabin Rivoire
    United Kingdom, Belgium, 2021, 93 min

    How does the famous DJ and music producer see his own story and the history of techno, rave, and house music? The film follows Garnier around the globe, taking us to Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere, accompanied by the obligatory bass drop.

  • 213 21/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    536 24/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    8C7 27/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    Love Affair(s) Milostné historky / Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait
    Directed by: Emmanuel Mouret
    France, 2020, 122 min

    If you’re prepared to embrace it, love will enter your life without knocking. How will that heady, sweet passion affect you? What if it’s evasive and fickle as well? Emmanuel Mouret pays tribute to the French tradition of unassailable romance and proves that, when it comes to treating romantic subject matter, the French are way out in front.

  • 151 20/8 09:00 Cinema B
    323 22/8 12:00 Small Hall
    5P3 24/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    935 28/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    Luzzu Luzzu / Luzzu
    Directed by: Alex Camilleri
    Malta, 2021, 95 min

    Filmed with a documentary-like realism, Luzzu is an exceptionally mature and authentic debut drama about European poverty, tradition, and human dignity. Maltese-American director, producer, screenwriter, and editor Alex Camilleri set his film among a group of fishermen fighting for their future.

  • 2L1 21/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    3H4 22/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    656 25/8 22:30 Cinema B
    723 26/8 12:00 Small Hall
    Mariner of the Mountains Na vlnách hor / O Marinheiro das Montanhas
    Directed by: Karim Aïnouz
    Brazil, France, Germany, 2021, 98 min

    In January 2019, Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz boards a boat in Marseille in order to make his first ever visit to his father’s homeland, Algeria. His journey takes him to a small village high in the Atlas Mountains… This deeply personal documentary is part colorful travelogue, part loving letter to his mother Iracema, part socio-anthropological essay, and part meditation on the consequences of colonialization.

  • 1C5 20/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    3H3 22/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    6C1 25/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    8K3 27/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Memoria Memoria / Memoria
    Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Colombia, Thailand, France, Germany, Mexico, Qatar, 2021, 136 min

    Few auteurs stray as far from the mainstream as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and yet his works are regularly screened in competition at the world’s most prestigious festivals. For his tale of the magic realist travels of Englishwoman Jessica (Tilda Swinton), who every now and then hears a bang coming from the unknown, he chose the perfect setting: the landscape of Colombia.

  • 2D9 21/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    511 24/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    6P6 25/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    Memory Box Krabice vzpomínek / Memory Box
    Directed by: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
    France, Lebanon, Canada, Qatar, 2021, 102 min

    The adolescent Alex lives with her mother Maia in Montreal. When a large box is delivered to their home during the Christmas holidays, Maia is unexpectedly confronted with her past. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige masterfully traverse multiple timelines between Beirut and Montreal to show Maia's teenage years in Lebanon during the civil war, while finding a formally highly inventive way to convey her memories and her momentary flashes from the past.

  • 9D4 28/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Minamata Minamata / Minamata
    Directed by: Andrew Levitas
    United Kingdom, USA, 2020, 115 min

    New York, 1971. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp), once a highly sought-after photographer, now lives as a recluse who prefers to stare into the bottom of his liquor bottle. But then an unexpected trip to the Japanese city of Minamata, where an unscrupulous corporation has been releasing untreated wastewater into the bay, brings new meaning to his life. Produced by Depp himself and finding firm ground in his persuasive performance, this drama speaks of the courage required to fight injustice, while considering the boundaries of journalistic ethics and much else besides.

  • 1D2 20/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5K5 24/8 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    831 27/8 08:30 Congress Hall
    Mr Bachmann and His Class Pan učitel Bachmann a jeho třída / Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse
    Directed by: Maria Speth
    Germany, 2021, 217 min

    The main protagonist of this 217-minute observational documentary, winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale, is Dieter Bachmann, a 65-year-old nonconformist teacher in the German town of Stadtallendorf. The film takes a detailed and highly positive look at the need to reinvent the sense underlying not only education but also public institutions in general and coexistence in contemporary Western society.

  • 1P2 20/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    2L5 21/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    521 24/8 09:00 Small Hall
    756 26/8 22:30 Cinema B
    Nadia, Butterfly Nadia, motýlek / Nadia, Butterfly
    Directed by: Pascal Plante
    Canada, 2020, 106 min

    Top-flight competitive sports only recognise winners and losers. Nonetheless, does the decision to leave a world of constant grind automatically suggest capitulation? This intimate film depicts a young swimmer participating at the Olympic Games in what is the last competition of her career, yet what goes on around her becomes the backdrop for a much bigger battle.

  • 1C4 20/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    2K2 21/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H4 24/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    Nemesis Nemesis / Nemesis
    Directed by: Thomas Imbach
    Switzerland, 2020, 131 min

    Director Thomas Imbach spent seven years observing the demolition of an old freight station from his window, followed by the construction of an immense prison that will house a large number of foreigners. With time, this simple view out the window becomes not just a portrait of random visitors to the construction site, but also a carefully composed contribution to the debate regarding the future path of modern Switzerland.

  • 9D9 28/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Nest Klícka / The Nest
    Directed by: Sean Durkin
    United Kingdom, Canada, 2020, 107 min

    Commercial opportunities in the United States are gradually drying up for Rory (Jude Law), a commodity broker, so he moves with his family to his native England with its promise of a lucrative new beginning. Could the sumptuous but secluded mansion outside London become a real home for them? This unsettling, aesthetically precise drama is significantly set in the era of the thriving economic liberalism of Reagan’s America.

  • 2H4 21/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    435 23/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    5K3 24/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Oasis Oáza / Oaza
    Directed by: Ivan Ikić
    Serbia, Slovenia, Netherlands, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020, 123 min

    When Marija is placed in an institution for mentally disabled youth, she bonds with the independent-minded Dragana. But their friendship is threatened when they both fall in love with the introverted Robert. Filled with emotional twists and turns, the film tells the story of an unusual love triangle and the desperate yearning for freedom and intimacy.

  • 1L2 20/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    4P3 23/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    534 24/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    Olga Olga / Olga
    Directed by: Elie Grappe
    Switzerland, Ukraine, France, 2021, 87 min

    Ukraine, autumn 2013. Olga, a fifteen-year-old top-flight gymnast, has some hard training ahead of her in Switzerland, which will bring about a primary shift in her career. The political situation in Kyiv intensifies, however, and Olga’s mother, a journalist and activist, joins the thousands of people demonstrating in Independence Square. This riveting film about fundamental dilemmas on the cusp of adulthood enchanted audiences at this year’s Cannes film festival.

  • 326 22/8 20:00 Small Hall
    6D8 25/8 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    9C2 28/8 11:30 Čas Cinema
    Onoda - 10 000 Nights in the Jungle Onoda / Onoda
    Directed by: Arthur Harari
    France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cambodia, 2021, 167 min

    Japan, 1944. 22-year-old Hiroo Onoda completes his special military training. Unlike the kamikaze pilots who were being recruited around the same time in order to sacrifice their lives for Japan, Onoda is not allowed to die – at any price. This unexpected hit at Cannes explores the ethics of war, forms of patriotism, male friendship, and solitude.

  • 614 25/8 13:00 Grand Hall
    The Painted Bird Nabarvené ptáče / Nabarvené ptáče
    Directed by: Václav Marhoul
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, 2019, 169 min

    Arguably the darkest of wartime odysseys, undertaken not by a mythical hero, however, but by a defenceless Jewish boy roaming the countryside, at every step exposed to pure Evil in a Poland plundered by the Nazis. Although Jerzy Kosiński’s novel and Marhoul’s adaptation can scarcely bear comparison as to the extent and intensity of the barbarity portrayed, one cannot ignore the perspectives of the young war victims in Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood (1962) and Klimov’s Come and See (1985).

  • 2P3 21/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    3D9 22/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5D9 24/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    827 27/8 21:00 Small Hall
    Paris, 13th District Paříž, 13. obvod / Les Olympiades
    Directed by: Jacques Audiard
    France, 2021, 105 min

    Emilie works at a call center and is attracted to her new roommate Camille. But he is more interested in Nora, whom he joins on the staff of a real estate company. For her part, Nora spends her evenings video chatting with cam girl Amber… Jacques Audiard’s energetically shot black-and-white film takes a fresh look at today’s thirtysomethings as they fumble through life and seek out sexual flings instead of more serious relationships.

  • 155 20/8 20:00 Cinema B
    252 21/8 11:30 Cinema B
    325 22/8 18:00 Small Hall
    811 27/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    Petite Maman Maminka / Petite Maman
    Directed by: Céline Sciamma
    France, 2021, 72 min

    This discreet little gem from the Berlin competition may have missed out on the awards yet, for many, it was simply the best film of the entire selection. Which comes as no surprise. A work so fragile that it defies adequate description, the film deftly escapes to a curious landscape, where an observant eye will take in not only all things distant, but also everything that is far removed in all other respects.

  • 135 20/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    456 23/8 22:30 Cinema B
    733 26/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    8K4 27/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    El Planeta Planeta / El Planeta
    Directed by: Amalia Ulman
    Spain, 2021, 82 min

    Lea leaves her student life behind her in London and returns to her native city of Gijón, where her mother still lives. Her mum doesn’t have any money but she refuses to give up her sophisticated lifestyle. Enjoying its world premiere at this year’s Sundance, this tragicomedy tells of personal and social crisis and excels both for its authenticity and its sense of detail.

  • 228 21/8 22:00 Small Hall
    336 22/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    6H5 25/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    936 28/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    Pleasure Rozkoš / Pleasure
    Directed by: Ninja Thyberg
    Sweden, Netherlands, France, 2021, 109 min

    In Sweden she was called Linnea, but now her stage name is Bella Cherry. She left her hometown when she was nineteen and moved to Los Angeles in order to make it in the world of adult movies… But the road to the top is paved not only with pleasure but also with failure and disappointment. An unbiased look at the porn industry – that is Ninja Thyberg’s feature film debut. Suitable for viewers aged 18 years and over.

  • 233 21/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    4H5 23/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    9H5 28/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    Prayers for the Stolen Noc ohňů / Noche de Fuego
    Directed by: Tatiana Huezo
    Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar, 2021, 110 min

    If there's one thing mothers in an isolated mountain village don't want, it's to give birth to a daughter – the cartel that rules this region just takes the girls for themselves. In her feature debut, documentary filmmaker Tatiana Huezo offers a harrowing tale of women and children, whose lives are threatened from a very young age.

  • 3P5 22/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    4D9 23/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6L5 25/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    Quo vadis, Aida? Quo vadis, Aida? / Quo vadis, Aida?
    Directed by: Jasmila Žbanić
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey, 2020, 101 min

    Twenty-five years ago more than eight thousand fathers, husbands and sons disappeared forever from the lives of Bosniak women. One of Europe’s most prominent filmmakers surveys the massacre carried out in Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serbs, and this through the eyes of her charismatic titular heroine, an interpreter for Dutch soldiers sent by the UN to war-ravaged former Yugoslavia. A highly evocative drama, Quo vadis, Aida was nominated for an Academy Award as Best International Feature.

  • 318 22/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    421 23/8 09:00 Small Hall
    7D4 26/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    8D5 27/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Roadrunner: Film o Anthonym Bourdainovi / Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
    Directed by: Morgan Neville
    USA, 2021, 118 min

    A portrait of American chef, author, and television moderator Anthony Bourdain, whose travel show was watched by just about everyone. Whether he was exploring the culinary arts of Rome, Melbourne, Kinshasa, or Beirut, Bourdain’s distinctive style allowed people all over the world to discover the endlessly diverse flavors of local cultures and cuisines.

  • 2C7 21/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    452 23/8 11:30 Cinema B
    551 24/8 09:00 Cinema B
    823 27/8 12:00 Small Hall
    The Sea Ahead Město duchů / Albahr 'amamakum
    Directed by: Ely Dagher
    France, Lebanon, Belgium, USA, Qatar, 2021, 115 min

    Submitting his feature film debut, Ely Dagher (2015 Palme d’Or for the short film Waves ’98) returned to Cannes this year with a compelling, darkly dreamlike portrait of his native Beirut. Jana, a woman shrouded in mysterious melancholy, travels back home from her years spent in Paris, perhaps to re-establish contact with the past, and perhaps to try to understand what caused the transformation of the magical Lebanese metropolis into a city of ghosts.

  • 1L5 20/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    218 21/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    433 23/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    5P6 24/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    The Sparks Brothers The Sparks Brothers / The Sparks Brothers
    Directed by: Edgar Wright
    United Kingdom, USA, 2021, 141 min

    How can a rock band be both successful and underappreciated, highly influential and overlooked? Sparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have always loved pop and also rule over it with a sense of perspective. A film for cultural historians and fans of camp: a celebration of fifty years of existence in a manic cinematic extravagance.

  • 132 20/8 10:30 Congress Hall
    5C1 24/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    834 27/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    Stop-Zemlia Zem je láva / Stop-Zemlia
    Directed by: Kateryna Gornostai
    Ukraine, 2021, 122 min

    Sixteen-year-old introvert Masha only feels truly confident in the company of school friends Yana and Senia; outside the classroom she contemplates life and reflects upon herself, and daydreams about a guy in her class who she's in love with… Kateryna Gornostai draws the viewer into the microworld of pupils in their pre-graduation year and provides an authentic insight into one of the emotionally most intense periods of our lives. Stop-Zemlia won Best Feature Film in the Generation category at this year’s Berlinale.

  • 1C3 20/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    321 22/8 09:00 Small Hall
    6P5 25/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    Sweat Sweat / Sweat
    Directed by: Magnus von Horn
    Poland, Sweden, 2020, 105 min

    The career prospects of Sylwia, a fitness motivator, couldn’t be more promising. Her tour is going brilliantly, famous brands are knocking at the door, and the number of Instagram followers keeps on growing. Yet it takes just three days for the young influencer to realise that social media bring not only fame but also a distressing loss of privacy.

  • 1H2 20/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    255 21/8 20:00 Cinema B
    4K4 23/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    7C7 26/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    The Tale of King Crab Král krabů / Re Granchio
    Directed by: Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis
    Italy, Argentina, France, 2021, 106 min

    A story passed down among villagers for generations: The enchanting yet wild and gloomy Luciano returns to his hometown, but his rebellious nature brings him into conflict with the prince of the region. He is forced to flee Europe, and so the second part of this cinematic diptych finds him in Tierra del Fuego, where Luciano’s untamed energy infects him with gold fever. 

  • 1P6 20/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    3L5 22/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    711 26/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    951 28/8 09:00 Cinema B
    Tina Tina / Tina
    Directed by: T. J. Martin, Daniel Lindsay
    USA, 2021, 118 min

    This retrospective of the career of 81-year-old Tina Turner is crammed with archival footage of her concerts. We follow her life from the late fifties to her peak in the late sixties and early seventies, and her later triumphant solo career. The film doesn't shy away from the darkest side of the singer's story, depicting her as a survivor of abuse at the hands of her husband Ike.

  • 1C1 20/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    4K1 23/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    6H3 25/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    755 26/8 20:00 Cinema B
    The Tsugua Diaries Évonprs deníky / Diários de Otsoga
    Directed by: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes
    Portugal, France, 2021, 102 min

    Three close friends, Crista, Carloto, and João – along with the entire film crew – become the protagonists of a cinematic experiment shot during lockdown. Delve into the colorful world of one of the most playful films of the pandemic, for which personal restrictions provided a source of inspiration and pure joy in the creative process.

  • 2K3 21/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    3L3 22/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    7D9 26/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    9C7 28/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    Vortex Vortex / Vortex
    Directed by: Gaspar Noé
    France, Belgium, Monaco, 2021, 142 min

    A picture split in two, a married couple, two people slowly losing themselves – first in their home full of books and memories, and subsequently in their own minds. Dario Argento and Françoise Lebrun excel in Gaspar Noé’s latest outing, in which psychedelia is replaced by a psychological study of one person’s mental decline.

  • 154 20/8 17:00 Cinema B
    5C7 24/8 21:00 Čas Cinema
    6K4 25/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    851 27/8 09:00 Cinema B
    We My / Nous
    Directed by: Alice Diop
    France, 2020, 115 min

    Suburban landscapes and everything in between. The urge to document, to record, to give a voice to the mute, to the ostracised, to those who may soon vanish. Home, exile, memory. The filmmaker allows the “little people” to speak, those who are seemingly of little consequence; she asks her father about his first-hand experience as an immigrant, she listens to elderly widows, to youths hanging around the housing estates, and to participants of a traditional hunt.

  • 2K1 21/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    4P6 23/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    625 25/8 18:00 Small Hall
    835 27/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? Co spatříme, když pohlédneme na nebe? / Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?
    Directed by: Alexandre Koberidze
    Germany, Georgia, 2021, 150 min

    Lisa and Giorgi lose each other before they can even properly meet. Can they overcome the curse that has separated them? A love letter to one summer town, to cinema, and to football, written with infectious enthusiasm and playful exaggeration. Seasoned with dashes of self-deprecation, the film took the FIPRESCI Award at this year’s Berlinale.

  • 1K1 20/8 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    221 21/8 09:00 Small Hall
    4H1 23/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    924 28/8 15:00 Small Hall
    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy Kolo štěstěny a fantazie / Gûzen to sôzô
    Directed by: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
    Japan, 2021, 121 min

    A conscientious chronicler of the life of women in contemporary Japan, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi presents three loosely connected tales in which human relationships are influenced by unpredictable, fateful chance. Hamaguchi encloses the grand themes of love, revenge, and reconciliation into long, carefully written dialogues that subtly criticize the problems faced by Japanese society today.

  • 1L1 20/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
    3L4 22/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    451 23/8 09:00 Cinema B
    934 28/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    Women Do Cry Ženy pláčou / Women Do Cry
    Directed by: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
    Bulgaria, France, 2021, 104 min

    Several women are together confronted with hardship and trauma which typically stem from the way they are treated by men and, in turn, by the whole of society. This undeniably feminist work vigorously refutes the objectification of women and affords a powerful voice to their anger and frustration, giving rise to one of the most political and most pressing films of this year’s Un Certain Regard.

  • 4P5 23/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    624 25/8 15:00 Small Hall
    813 27/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    The Worst Person in the World Nejhorší člověk na světě / Verdens værste menneske
    Directed by: Joachim Trier
    Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, 2021, 127 min

    “Julie in 12 Chapters” is the subtitle of this film about a charming young woman who is still trying to find herself. But one day, Julie loses her youthful spirit and carefree attitude, and this just as her heart is fumbling blindly. Joachim Trier shows that the line between romantic comedy and complex drama is truly only in our minds.

  • 254 21/8 17:00 Cinema B
    5P5 24/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    6D4 25/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    8L5 27/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    Zanka Contact Zanka Contact / Zanka Contact
    Directed by: Ismaël El Iraki
    Morocco, France, Belgium, 2020, 120 min

    The dark underbelly of Casablanca – a world of night clubs and brothels – is not a place for fateful love, and yet it sometimes flourishes here. The fallen woman Rajae and the devilish former rocker Larsen are brought together by a car crash, and their hearts can never be separated again… Director Ismaël El Iraki says that Zanka Contact is not a film but an all-consuming flame – and the viewer has to agree with him. Wild at Heart and True Romance with an oriental twist.


  • 1H3 20/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    3H2 22/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    8H3 27/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    Come Here Pojď ke mně / Jai jumlong
    Directed by: Anocha Suwichakornpong
    Thailand, 2021, 69 min

    The infamous Death Railway winds its way through western Thailand and on into Burma. Four friends in their mid-twenties set off on a trip into the jungle where tens of thousands of lives were extinguished during World War II; the dense vegetation in this place also harbours other secrets. Produced on a modest budget, the Thai experimenter’s film throws down the gauntlet to the most fastidious of movie buffs, who won’t be spooked even by a radical cinematic cipher.

  • 1K2 20/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    2H2 21/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    4H3 23/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    8C1 27/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    Days Dny / Rizi
    Directed by: Tsai Ming-liang
    Taiwan, 2020, 126 min

    In this zen picture about devotion, of fleeting intimacy in the heart of the anonymous urban jungle, and our continuous fusion with the present, Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang demonstrates utmost tenderness as he films the body of his long-time partner Lee Kang-sheng. Days is a work which refreshes the senses and invites us to radically slow down the pace and sharpen our perception of ourselves and the world around us.

  • 3C5 22/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    5K4 24/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    7C5 26/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    Last and First Men Last and First Men / Last and First Men
    Directed by: Jóhann Jóhannsson
    Iceland, 2020, 70 min

    Jóhann Jóhannsson’s experimental audiovisual sci-fi poem is set in the distant future, when humanity finds itself on the edge of extinction. The film offers a unique experience that defies the familiar concepts of time and space. The majestic black-and-white visuals echo with the Icelander’s characteristic resonant sound design and, together with a recitative from Tilda Swinton, make for a compelling creation.

  • 1H4 20/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    2H3 21/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    5H5 24/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    8H4 27/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    Rock Bottom Riser Ze dna / Rock Bottom Riser
    Directed by: Fern Silva
    USA, 2021, 70 min

    Are we able to gaze up into the universe yet ignore the ground we’re standing on? Flowing like lava, this essayistic piece reveals something of the colonial burden of Western science while, at the same time, eclectically interweaving rational arguments with performative sequences. The film also considers the indigenous perspective, set in vivid contrast to the dehumanised shots of modern machinery and imposing compositions of the Hawaiian landscape.

  • 2H1 21/8 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    4H2 23/8 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    6H4 25/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    9C1 28/8 09:00 Čas Cinema
    Taste Chuť / Vị
    Directed by: Lê Bảo
    Vietnam, Singapore, France, Thailand, Germany, 2021, 95 min

    The weirdest film to appear this spring came out of Vietnam. The story of Bassley, a Nigerian footballer, begins in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City. A bizarre set of events, however, takes him away from his depressing surroundings and he is now given the chance to experience a primal coexistence within an unlikely community. Self-taught director Lê Bảo combined the raw and the aestheticised in a decidedly offbeat manner, prompting the British daily The Guardian to salute Taste as “best arthouse UFO” at the Berlin IFF.

Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema

  • 424 23/8 15:00 Small Hall
    855 27/8 20:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: I Am, Versailles
    All Dogs Die Všichni psi jednou zemřou / Allir Hundar Deyja
    Directed by: Ninna Pálmadóttir
    Iceland, Croatia, USA, 2020, 17 min

    A solitary farm is home to an equally solitary man named Gunnar. The endless silence that surrounds him is occasionally disturbed only by the barking of his canine companion, and by the presence of his granddaughter, who turns up one day… A tender story of unspoken fears, of powerful gestures that disguise weakness, and of mortality, a subject we all have to address at some point in our lives.

  • 525 24/8 18:00 Small Hall
    956 28/8 22:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: My Dear Corpses
    The Cracks Praskliny / Szczeliny
    Directed by: Magdalena Gajewska
    Poland, 2021, 30 min

    Teresa is suffering from postnatal depression after the birth of her son. In an effort to find comfort elsewhere she temporarily moves back with her husband to her parents’ house. However, the young woman’s family home conjures up memories of a previous relationship and a past love that perhaps has yet to be extinguished. A perceptive film about the painful side of motherhood that can’t be alleviated even by the tender smile of a child.

  • 524 24/8 15:00 Small Hall
    955 28/8 20:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Silent Club, Szeurum
    Home Is Where the Scars Are From Domov je tam, odkud si neseme jizvy / Heim ist wo die Narben sind
    Directed by: Mathias Seebacher
    Austria, 2020, 29 min

    Andi shares a deserted building with a group of fellow-squatters he considers his family. One day his sister turns up unexpectedly with her small son Levi, seeking refuge from her abusive boyfriend; she has nowhere else to turn. So Andi suddenly finds himself in the role of uncle, the squat is transformed into an alternative kindergarten, and the estranged pair become the siblings they once were.

  • 424 23/8 15:00 Small Hall
    855 27/8 20:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: All Dogs Die, Versailles
    I Am Já jsem / I Am
    Directed by: Jerry Hoffmann
    Germany, 2021, 27 min

    Somewhere in the near future, withdrawn Noé is out in the forest one day and finds a motionless figure lying on the ground. Upon closer inspection, she discovers this isn’t a human being at all but a perfectly formed female android. Noé takes the robotic body home with her, she repairs it, charges its battery, and ELA comes to life. The coexistence of two different entities presents certain problems, even though the machine tries its best to solve them. For one thing, it starts to imitate Noé’s behaviour…

  • 525 24/8 18:00 Small Hall
    956 28/8 22:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: The Cracks
    My Dear Corpses Moji drazí nebožtíci / Mu kallid laibad
    Directed by: German Golub
    Estonia, 2020, 34 min

    Erki’s birthday celebration isn't going at all the way he planned. A ring on the doorbell doesn’t signal the arrival of more guests, but the appearance of a repossession agent set on evicting the young man and his mother from their home. In order for Erki to get his mum’s apartment back, he takes on a job working for a funeral service. A tale about death with a whiff of the comic, a take on life with a mournful smile – that’s My Dear Corpses.

  • 425 23/8 18:00 Small Hall
    856 27/8 22:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: True Mirror
    Rheum Ospalky / Ospalky
    Directed by: Kateřina Hroníková
    Slovak Republic, 2021, 27 min

    Libuše and her husband Jaromír have been together for a long time, perhaps too long. It seems their lives have become mired in a vicious circle of enervation, which neither of them wants to admit. The couple might have spent the rest of their days like this were it not for the arrival of a motivational package from an agency called The Sun… A study of life’s declining years as a period in which simple whims become immutable laws, whose infringement is almost physically impossible.

  • 524 24/8 15:00 Small Hall
    955 28/8 20:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Home Is Where the Scars Are From, Szeurum
    Silent Club Klub Silencio / Club Silencio
    Directed by: Irene Albanell Mellado
    Spain, 2021, 18 min

    The mother of ten-year-old Martina turns up late, just when the little girl is about to give up hope they might spend the afternoon together. As they have an amazing chemistry, she really wants to have her mum to herself, but all too soon she realises that her mother has not beaten her drug addiction and Martina finds herself in a hard situation yet again...

  • 524 24/8 15:00 Small Hall
    955 28/8 20:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Silent Club, Home Is Where the Scars Are From
    Szeurum Sérum / Szeurum
    Directed by: Marcell Farkas
    Hungary, 2020, 16 min

    Peti is a diabetic and breeder of phoenixes. When a sweet (!) meteorite lands in his room one day, he can’t wait to rush out and tell someone about it. Irma, dressed in her dad’s old diving suit and the architect of the home-made meteorites, proves to be an ideal companion… Infused with an irresistibly unsettling playfulness, the film briefly addresses and then abandons the problems of the modern world, from an absence of love to pervasive microplastics.

  • 425 23/8 18:00 Small Hall
    856 27/8 22:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Rheum
    True Mirror Zrcadlo pravdy / True Mirror
    Directed by: Glen Bay Grant
    Denmark, 2021, 23 min

    Jacqueline works as a relationship coach and she’s used to having everything under control. Including her course participants, her son and herself. One day, however, her carefully constructed world starts to collapse when her son tells her he wants to become independent. Jacqueline now has to confront her own personal integrity and decide whether it stems from the loyalty of others or from a healthy self-confidence…

  • 424 23/8 15:00 Small Hall
    855 27/8 20:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: All Dogs Die, I Am
    Versailles Versailles / Versailles
    Directed by: Hyun Lories
    Belgium, 2020, 20 min

    Sanaa has a job as a station cleaner. She seems contented enough there, or at least she is resigned to the work she does, but what she can’t deal with is the contempt her girlfriend’s family shows her. Sanaa seeks solace by returning to the place where she grew up, and where her younger sister still lives… A film about the kind of responsibility that is sometimes so difficult to accept.

Pragueshorts at KVIFF

  • 2L2 21/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    353 22/8 14:00 Cinema B
    535 24/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    752 26/8 11:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Stuffed, Delimitation, The End of Suffering (A Proposal), Filipiñana
    Along Came a Prince A tu se zjevil princ / Trecea un prinț călare
    Directed by: Cristina Groșan
    Romania, Czech Republic, 2020, 22 min

    At a theatre workshop for young people, a teenager embarks on a sexual relationship with a slightly older girl. But isn’t this all a bit of a mistake? The people around them react in various ways, yet no-one is indifferent to what’s going on. Voted Best Film in the National Competition at the 2021 Pragueshorts Film Festival.

  • 2L2 21/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    353 22/8 14:00 Cinema B
    535 24/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    752 26/8 11:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Stuffed, Along Came a Prince, The End of Suffering (A Proposal), Filipiñana
    Delimitation Vymezení / Vymezení
    Directed by: Tereza Vejvodová
    Czech Republic, 2020, 15 min

    Our personality reacts to external stimuli by delimiting itself accordingly. A young woman is looking for an apartment in a busy metropolis and tries to overcome her sense of ubiquitous alienation in order to find closeness. Special Jury Mention in the National Competition at the 2021 Pragueshorts Film Festival.

  • 2L2 21/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    353 22/8 14:00 Cinema B
    535 24/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    752 26/8 11:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Stuffed, Delimitation, Along Came a Prince, Filipiñana
    The End of Suffering (A Proposal) Konec utrpení (Návrh) / The End of Suffering (A Proposal)
    Directed by: Jacqueline Lentzou
    Greece, 2020, 14 min

    Sofia is panicky again. The universe decides to contact her. An otherworldly dialogue. A planetary symphony for Mars, where people dream in a wakeful state and fight for love. Special Jury Mention in the International Competition at the 2021 Pragueshorts Film Festival.

  • 2L2 21/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    353 22/8 14:00 Cinema B
    535 24/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    752 26/8 11:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Stuffed, Delimitation, Along Came a Prince, The End of Suffering (A Proposal)
    Filipiñana Filipiñana / Filipiñana
    Directed by: Rafael Manuel
    Philippines, United Kingdom, 2020, 24 min

    The obsessive cosmos of the golf course is a reflection of society as a whole. Although new tee girl Isabel still has to learn the rules, she’s already looking for loopholes to subvert the system. Winner of the Grand Prix in the International Competition at the 2021 Pragueshorts Film Festival.

  • 2L2 21/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    353 22/8 14:00 Cinema B
    535 24/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    752 26/8 11:30 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Delimitation, Along Came a Prince, The End of Suffering (A Proposal), Filipiñana
    Stuffed Vycpaný / Stuffed
    Directed by: Theo Rhys
    United Kingdom, 2021, 19 min

    A dark musical love story about a taxidermist searching for a human to stuff, and the man she finds on the internet willing to give up everything in exchange for the promise of eternal love. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2021 Pragueshorts Film Festival.

Tribute to Jan Svěrák

  • 7D5 26/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Ride Jízda / Jízda
    Directed by: Jan Svěrák
    Czech Republic, 1994, 88 min

    Two friends in an improvised convertible, a young female hitchhiker, a stunning summer landscape, and songs from the Czech band Buty – these are the ingredients of the road movie that became a cult statement for the nineties generation. The young appeared to have it all – freedom of spirit, exhilaration and sheer joy of life, and it seemed that, in order to achieve this, they didn't need “one arm longer than the other”, as the film’s lead song would have it.

Tribute to The Film Foundation

  • 211 21/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    5D2 24/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    824 27/8 15:00 Small Hall
    The Breaking Point Mít a nemít / The Breaking Point
    Directed by: Michael Curtiz
    USA, 1950, 97 min

    Michael Curtiz’s somber, restrained rendition of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not conjures up the true spirit of the novel. John Garfield plays a former wartime naval officer who gets entangled in illicit trafficking. The noir cloak barely conceals what is essentially an affecting character study of a man coming to terms with the fact that his life didn’t turn out as he imagined.

  • 124 20/8 15:00 Small Hall
    3K5 22/8 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    8K5 27/8 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    A Brighter Summer Day Jasný letní den / Gŭ lĭng jiē shàonián shārén shìjiàn
    Directed by: Edward Yang
    Taiwan, 1991, 237 min

    The late Taiwanese’s masterwork is an epic tale charting the descent of a head-strong teenage boy from his seemingly orderly, middle-class life to juvenile delinquency. Set in Taipei in 1959, A Brighter Summer Day is an incessive study of displacement and loss of identity; a scorching coming-of-age story set against colossal political events, all laced with the director’s signature empathy.

  • 3K4 22/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    553 24/8 14:00 Cinema B
    754 26/8 17:00 Cinema B
    8D2 27/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Oh the Days! Ach, ty dny! / Alyam, alyam
    Directed by: Ahmed El-Maanouni
    Morocco, 1978, 88 min

    Celebrated Moroccan filmmaker El-Maanouni’s first feature is a searing portrait of an heir of a rural family torn between his domestic duties and his dreams of leaving for the city for a better, different future. Raw and uncompromising, El-Maanouni’s trailblazing documentary paved the way for the subsequent wave of realism that would shake up Arab cinema.

  • 3K3 22/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    527 24/8 21:00 Small Hall
    7D2 26/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Phantom of the Convent Duch kláštera / El fantasma del convento
    Directed by: Fernando de Fuentes
    Mexico, 1934, 85 min

    Widely considered the first great Mexican horror, this spine-chilling gothic tale revolves around a married couple and their best friend who get lost in the woods before taking shelter in a mysterious monastery. Habitually compared to Carl Theodor Dreyer and his Vampyr, Fernando de Fuentes induces a protracted sense of dread in this dream-like fable of guilt and dark desires.

  • 2L3 21/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema
    454 23/8 17:00 Cinema B
    6D2 25/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    727 26/8 21:00 Small Hall
    Putney Swope Putney Swope / Putney Swope
    Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
    USA, 1969, 84 min

    The most popular film by the rabble-rouser American cult filmmaker is an acerbic satire about a black man in an advertising agency who accidently gets elected as chairman by its white board. Made at the height of the Black Power movement, Putney Swope is a scathing attack on mainstream media’s racist treatment of African-Americans.

  • 2K4 21/8 18:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    4K3 23/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    635 25/8 19:00 Congress Hall
    8C5 27/8 18:00 Čas Cinema
    Queen of Diamonds Kárová dáma / Queen of Diamonds
    Directed by: Nina Menkes
    USA, 1991, 77 min

    Frequently dubbed as the “American Jeanne Dielman”, Menkes’ long-forgotten radical sophomore feature is now widely recognized as an unparalleled masterpiece of the 1990s. Comprised mostly of striking motionless shots enveloped in a plotless, fragmented narrative, Queen of Diamonds was unlike anything produced by American indie cinema at the time.

  • 2K6 21/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    554 24/8 17:00 Cinema B
    8H5 27/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    The Treasure Poklad / Nidhanaya
    Directed by: Lester James Peries
    Sri Lanka, 1973, 108 min

    Based on a short story by renowned Sinhala writer G. B. Senanayake, The Treasure tells the story of an idle, wealthy middle-aged man who stumbles upon a map for a treasure that can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin woman. The crowning achievement of the late Lester James Peries – Sri Lanka’s most influential filmmaker – The Treasure is also the master’s most controversial and darkest picture.

  • 2D4 21/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    4D2 23/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    724 26/8 15:00 Small Hall
    9K6 28/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    What Price Hollywood? Cena za slávu / What Price Hollywood?
    Directed by: George Cukor
    USA, 1932, 88 min

    Often misjudged as a dress rehearsal for his famed 1954 adaptation of A Star Is Born, What Price Hollywood? is a drastically different beast. Neither an outright condemnation of movie culture nor a romanticization of Tinseltown, it offers a rare, clinical look at Hollywood, rendering it as an industrial machine, a corporate juggernaut, rather than a factory of dreams.

  • 3D1 22/8 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6K6 25/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    922 28/8 11:30 Small Hall
    A Woman Under the Influence Žena pod vlivem / A Woman Under the Influence
    Directed by: John Cassavetes
    USA, 1974, 155 min

    Cassavetes’ most storied film tells the tale of an oddball, volatile romance between a high-tempered construction worker and his fragile, mentally unstable wife. A Woman Under the Influence is Cassavetes at his most emotionally naked. A brave, challenging picture of two unique souls failing to meet the oppressive demands of their class.

  • 3K2 22/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    455 23/8 20:00 Cinema B
    6K3 25/8 15:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    921 28/8 09:00 Small Hall
    The Woman with the Knife Žena s nožem / La femme au couteau
    Directed by: Timité Bassori
    Ivory Coast, 1969, 80 min

    Timité Bassori is one of the fathers of Ivorian cinema. The Woman with the Knife is his best known film – a complex account of a young unnamed intellectual returning home after a lengthy spell in Europe. Providing an incessive commentary on evolving sexual politics and the wide chasm between the Western form of modernity and African traditionalism, Bassori’s daring coup is one of the pioneering works of black African cinema. 

People Next Door

  • 133 20/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    354 22/8 17:00 Cinema B
    5L5 24/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    Brother's Keeper Ochranná ruka / Okul Tıraşı
    Directed by: Ferit Karahan
    Turkey, Romania, 2021, 85 min

    When Memo, a pupil at an isolated Kurdish boarding school, falls sick, his friend Yusuf quickly tries to find help. But instead of understanding from the teachers, he runs up against bureaucracy and an unwillingness to get involved. After the school is struck by a blizzard and the patient’s state worsens, the atmosphere among the teachers and pupils thickens and the finger-pointing starts…

  • 1L4 20/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    256 21/8 22:30 Cinema B
    4L5 23/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    636 25/8 22:00 Congress Hall
    Capernaum Kafarnaum / Capharnaüm
    Directed by: Nadine Labaki
    Lebanon, France, USA, 2018, 126 min

    Twelve-year-old Zain, who is sent to a juvenile prison for a violent crime, decides to sue his parents for having given him life. Shot from a child’s perspective, Nadine Labaki’s film takes an uncompromising look at the poorest stratum of Lebanese society, where a child’s outlook for a better future is rarely encouraging.

  • 134 20/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    351 22/8 09:00 Cinema B
    5H3 24/8 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    633 25/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    Little Girl Děvčátko / Petite fille
    Directed by: Sébastien Lifshitz
    France, 2020, 85 min

    Ever since she was very little, 7-year-old Sasha has always felt like a girl inside, even though she was born in a boy’s body. She is growing up in a loving family, however, the outside world systematically questions her identity… In his documentary Sébastien Lifshitz submits a compelling commentary on the issue of gender identity while, at the same time, portraying with great tenderness the girl’s vibrant inner world, her family environment and her struggle to gain acceptance and understanding from the people around her.

  • 1P1 20/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    223 21/8 12:00 Small Hall
    453 23/8 14:00 Cinema B
    7K6 26/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Shoplifters Zloději / Manbiki kazoku
    Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
    Japan, 2018, 121 min

    Osamu lives with his family in makeshift accommodation on the edge of town and “earns” extra money by engaging in theft. After one of his heists, he takes the neglected young girl Yuri under his wing, but this sets in motion an unexpected sequence of events that reveal a long hidden family secret. A multi-layered drama that artfully redefines the concept of family and places responsibility for others above social norms.

  • 156 20/8 22:30 Cinema B
    333 22/8 13:00 Congress Hall
    555 24/8 20:00 Cinema B
    Summer 1993 Léto 1993 / Estiu 1993
    Directed by: Carla Simón
    Spain, 2017, 97 min

    After the sudden death of her parents, six-year-old Frida moves from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona to live with her aunt and uncle in rural Catalonia, where time moves more slowly, as does the local way of life. Confronted with a strange environment, new family members, and with feelings that are unfamiliar to her, the little girl deals with these as she sees fit, and running away often appears to present the simplest solution.

Midnight Screenings

  • 129 20/8 23:59 Small Hall
    4C8 23/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    718 26/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    The Green Knight Zelený rytíř / The Green Knight
    Directed by: David Lowery
    USA, 2021, 130 min

    During the New Year celebrations, the Green Knight appears at Camelot and challenges the Knights of the Round Table to an unusual game. Any of the knights may strike him once with an axe, under the condition that the Green Knight will return the blow within a year, to the day. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge, and so begins a timeless tale of courage, honor, and human frailty.

  • 1C8 20/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    3C8 22/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    6C8 25/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    9C8 28/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    Impetigore Prokletá vesnice / Perempuan Tanah Jahanam
    Directed by: Joko Anwar
    Indonesia, USA, South Korea, 2019, 107 min

    This year’s horror surprise comes from Indonesia. Maya and her friend work at a highway toll booth and dream of one day opening their own fashion store. But one evening, something happens that will change Maya’s life forever and take the audience to places they definitely did not expect to go.

  • 429 23/8 23:59 Small Hall
    629 25/8 23:59 Small Hall
    829 27/8 23:59 Small Hall
    Mother Schmuckers Zkrávysyni / Fils de plouc
    Directed by: Lenny Guit, Harpo Guit
    Belgium, 2021, 70 min

    Issachar and Zabulon are brothers from the Brussels suburbs who never picked up much common sense and they're always getting into trouble. When their mother’s dog goes missing, they receive an ultimatum: find it within 24 hours or get kicked out of the house.

  • 418 23/8 23:00 Grand Hall
    729 26/8 23:59 Small Hall
    Mulholland Drive Mulholland Drive / Mulholland Drive
    Directed by: David Lynch
    USA, France, 2001, 146 min

    It's been twenty years since the young and naive actress Betty came to Hollywood to try and make it in film. But her dreams soon became more of a nightmare, and a pretty dark one at that. A woman who has lost her memory in a car crash, a lonely director whose ambitions are thwarted by ruthless business, and the fabled Club Silencio – all that and more returns to the big screen in a restored copy of iconic director David Lynch’s cult film Mulholland Drive.

  • 329 22/8 23:59 Small Hall
    529 24/8 23:59 Small Hall
    7C8 26/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    929 28/8 23:59 Small Hall
    Shoky & Morthy: Last Big Thing Shoky & Morthy: Poslední velká akce / Shoky & Morthy: Poslední velká akce
    Directed by: Andy Fehu
    Czech Republic, 2021, 99 min

    Shoky and Morthy are best friends and successful YouTubers, but their fame is slowly beginning to fade. While Morthy would like to quit, Shoky comes up with ideas for making their videos more interesting… and bloodier. In the end, they set out for one “last big thing” that will save their YouTube channel and their disintegrating friendship.

  • 2C8 21/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    5C8 24/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    8C8 27/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    Train to Busan 2: Peninsula Vlak do Busanu 2 / Bando
    Directed by: Sang-ho Yeon
    South Korea, 2020, 116 min

    Four years after the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, former soldier Jung-seok returns home to a Korea devastated by the infection in order to get a truck full of money and thus a hope for a better life. But the Korean peninsula is cut off from the rest of the world and getting there is more difficult than one might think.


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