Films ordered by section
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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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. Nö 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 BDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 BDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 BDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 BDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
424 23/8 15:00 Small Hall 855 27/8 20:00 Cinema B This film will be screened with films: I Am, VersaillesDirected 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 CorpsesDirected 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, SzeurumDirected 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, VersaillesDirected 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 CracksDirected 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 MirrorDirected 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, SzeurumDirected 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 FromDirected 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: RheumDirected 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 AmDirected 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.
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), FilipiñanaDirected 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), FilipiñanaDirected 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, FilipiñanaDirected 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)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), FilipiñanaDirected 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.
7D5 26/8 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected 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.
211 21/8 08:30 Grand Hall 5D2 24/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 824 27/8 15:00 Small HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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.
133 20/8 13:00 Congress Hall 354 22/8 17:00 Cinema B 5L5 24/8 22:00 Lazne III CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 BDirected 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.
129 20/8 23:59 Small Hall 4C8 23/8 23:59 Čas Cinema 718 26/8 23:00 Grand HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.