Films ordered by  section

Official Selection - Competition

  • 216 29/6 20:00 Grand Hall
    3P2 30/6 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    5K2 2/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    The August Virgin La virgen de agosto
    Directed by: Jonás Trueba
    Spain, 2019, 125min.

    In the hot summer months, when Madrileños leave their homes in droves to escape the insufferable heat, the centre of Madrid is left abandoned. That is, except for the tourists and a handful of undaunted locals – and those who can’t see the way forward, like Eva, a charming thirty-something. Told with appealing finesse, the story unfolds during the city’s August festivals, when a person’s inner turmoil can be soothed by fleeting encounters and unexpected adventures.

  • 515 2/7 17:00 Grand Hall
    6P1 3/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    8K1 5/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    The Father Bashtata
    Directed by: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
    Bulgaria / Greece, 2019, 90min.

    After losing his wife Ivanka, Vasil believes that she is using his phone to reach him from beyond the grave, so he enlists the services of a psychic to try to make contact with her. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way… This small-scale family drama, about the difficulties of connecting with those close to us, includes many of the carefully arranged absurd or comic situations typical for the Bulgarian filmmaking duo.

  • 516 2/7 20:00 Grand Hall
    6P2 3/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    8K2 5/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Half-Sister Polsestra
    Directed by: Damjan Kozole
    Slovenia / Macedonia / Serbia, 2019, 105min.

    Half-sisters who were never that close are forced by circumstance to share a flat in Ljubljana... The leading Slovene director returns to Karlovy Vary with a remarkably precise study of alienation and the inability to communicate, in a film characterised by polished dialogue, plenty of black humour and entirely natural performances.

  • 415 1/7 17:00 Grand Hall
    5P1 2/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    7K1 4/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    La Belle Indifference Küçük şeyler
    Directed by: Kıvanç Sezer
    Turkey, 2019, 94min.

    Onur is sacked from his job as manager of a pharmaceutical company. He’s not too bothered about being unemployed, but the same cannot be said of his wife Bahar. Onur doesn’t listen to her and becomes indifferent not only to her anxieties but also to the world around him. He’d rather be surrounded by more zebras. A drama with dashes of absurd comedy about events that are no laughing matter: a personal crisis that impacts their marriage.

  • 315 30/6 17:00 Grand Hall
    4P1 1/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    6K1 3/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Lara Lara
    Directed by: Jan-Ole Gerster
    Germany, 2019, 96min.

    Lara has just turned sixty; it’s a very special day that will culminate in a career-defining piano concert given by her son. Viktor remains elusive, however, and his mother’s repeated attempts to get through to him come to nothing. German acting legend Corinna Harfouch stars in this precisely crafted psychological study by one of the most successful German filmmakers of his generation, Jan-Ole Gerster, who here takes up the thread of his critically acclaimed debut Oh Boy.

  • 316 30/6 20:00 Grand Hall
    4P2 1/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    6K2 3/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Let There Be Light Nech je svetlo
    Directed by: Marko Škop
    Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2019, 93min.

    A Slovak village is getting ready for Christmas. Forty-year-old Milan travels from Germany where he works to be home with his family. However, the serene and festive atmosphere is unsettled by the suspicion that his son, a member of a paramilitary youth organisation, might be involved in a harrowing event that stunned the local community. This compelling drama, about the strength and fragility of family ties, examines our sense of moral responsibility in a world where xenophobia takes precedence over compassion for those closest to us.

  • 615 3/7 17:00 Grand Hall
    7P1 4/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    9K1 6/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    The Man of the Future El hombre del futuro
    Directed by: Felipe Ríos
    Chile / Argentina, 2019, 96min.

    Michelsen, an elderly truck driver, sets out on his last trip driving freight to the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia. The long and arduous drive through the magnificent, luxuriant natural landscape, past lakes and extensive glaciers, ultimately becomes a recapitulation of his life when he unexpectedly happens upon his adult daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since her childhood.

  • 215 29/6 17:00 Grand Hall
    3P1 30/6 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    5K1 2/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Monsoon Monsoon
    Directed by: Hong Khaou
    United Kingdom, 2019, 85min.

    Kit can’t remember much of his native Vietnam. When he returns to the Land of the Golden Star for the first time in over thirty years, he takes in the local surroundings as any Western tourist would: everything seems remote and alien. A subtle film which records one man’s journey back to his roots as it evocatively mediates the (re)discovery of his identity.

  • 616 3/7 20:00 Grand Hall
    7P2 4/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    9K2 6/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Mosaic Portrait Ma sai ke shao nü
    Directed by: Zhai Yixiang
    China, 2019, 107min.

    A diaphanously hypnotic story conveyed more through contemplative silence than words, in which a pregnant 14-year-old makes a surprising revelation when asked to name the father of her child. The young Chinese director follows in the footsteps of the Sixth Generation filmmakers, taking fragments of impressions and moods to craft an unsettling image of the injured heroine, who remains proud and strong. Yet despite this – or perhaps for this reason – she finds herself mired in a deep chasm of alienation.

  • 715 4/7 17:00 Grand Hall
    8P1 5/7 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    9K4 6/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Ode to Nothing Oda sa wala
    Directed by: Dwein Baltazar
    Philippines, 2018, 92min.

    It seems as if nothing can upset Sonya’s routine. No-one cares about the ageing funeral shop owner anymore, except when she provides discounts on flowers and coffins. One day a body belonging apparently to no-one finds its way to her shop, and Sonya develops a highly unusual relationship with it. An inscrutable, tender and bitterly comic film about the desire for companionship.

  • 416 1/7 20:00 Grand Hall
    5P2 2/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    7K2 4/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Patrick De Patrick
    Directed by: Tim Mielants
    Belgium, 2019, 97min.

    Patrick is in charge of maintenance at a naturist campsite owned by his father. His workshop is as well-ordered as his life, but nothing lasts forever. The loss of Patrick’s favourite hammer has a profound effect on him and sets off a chain of events from which the pensive lad emerges as a new man. A tragicomedy about the importance of keeping an eye on your tools, about existential nudity, among other things, and about people for whom a trailer is their whole world.

  • 716 4/7 20:00 Grand Hall
    8P2 5/7 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    9K5 6/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    To the Stars To the Stars
    Directed by: Martha Stephens
    USA, 2019, 111min.

    Bullied by her classmates, reclusive Iris finds small-town life pure torment; for self-assured Maggie, however, moving to the provinces provides an opportunity to stand out from the rest. A film excelling in finely wrought detail that takes us back to the 1960s, a time when society, bound by gender prejudice, detested the idea of individuality in women.

Official Selection - Out of Competition

  • 2P4 29/6 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    322 30/6 12:30 Small Hall
    6N3 3/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    9D4 6/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Mystify Michael Hutchence Mystify Michael Hutchence
    Directed by: Richard Lowenstein
    Australia, 2019, 108min.

    A documentary journey into the complicated inner world of Michael Hutchence, the charismatic frontman of the Australian band INXS, whose popularity peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Director Richard Lowenstein elegantly combines home movies and news reports with concert footage and interviews with friends, colleagues, and former girlfriends – the only ones to whom the famous singer revealed his true self.

  • 3D4 30/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    435 1/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    7N4 4/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    856 5/7 20:00 Cinema B
    Old-Timers Staříci
    Directed by: Martin Dušek, Ondřej Provazník
    Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2019, 85min.

    Vlasta and Tonda don’t have much longer to live but they do have one more important task ahead of them – to find and kill the communist prosecutor who sent them to prison in the 1950s. An unusual road movie about two former political prisoners who fight for justice despite every obstacle.

  • 514 2/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    722 4/7 12:30 Small Hall
    9N1 6/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    The True Adventures of Wolfboy The True Adventures of Wolfboy
    Directed by: Martin Krejčí
    USA, 2019, 88min.

    Paul, the protagonist of Martin Krejčí’s eagerly anticipated feature debut, is growing up with his father. Making friends is practically impossible because he looks drastically different from his peers: he has the condition known as congenital hypertrichosis, meaning that he suffers from an abnormal amount of hair growth all over his face and body. On his thirteenth birthday, Paul decides to seek out his mother in order to get answers to unasked questions.

East of the West - Competition

  • 2D5 29/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    3L4 30/6 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    5H2 2/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Aga's House Shpia e Agës
    Directed by: Lendita Zeqiraj
    Kosovo / Croatia / France / Albania, 2019, 107min.

    A diverse group of women live in a remote mountain location. The only male element in the house is nine-year-old Aga, the son of one of the women. Opening the East of the West competition, Lendita Zeqiraj’s debut authentically re-creates the vibrant world of her energetic female protagonists, in which the flow of stories, the sound of singing, and coarse humor cannot mask the dark undertone of their country’s wartime past and its enduring ethnic tensions.

  • 5D5 2/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6L4 3/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    8H2 5/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Arrest Arest
    Directed by: Andrei Cohn
    Romania, 2019, 126min.

    August 1983, somewhere in Romania. The bright summer’s day that Dinu is spending with his family on the beach is darkened by the arrival of the police and his unexplained arrest. He finds himself sharing a cell with small-time crook Vali, who soon proves to be quite a sinister fellow inmate. A formally inventive drama about the chilling absurdity of totalitarian regimes.

  • 4D4 1/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5L2 2/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    7H1 4/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    The Bull Byk
    Directed by: Boris Akopov
    Russia, 2019, 99min.

    Gang leader Anton Bykov, known as the Bull, ends up at the police station after a scuffle with a rival criminal group. He only manages to avoid prison thanks to the intervention of a feared mafia boss, who nevertheless asks him to pull off a risky job in return. A taut feature debut from one-time ballet dancer Boris Akopov, surprising for its maturity and compulsive dynamism.

  • 6D5 3/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7L4 4/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    9H2 6/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    A Certain Kind of Silence Tiché doteky
    Directed by: Michal Hogenauer
    Czech Republic / Netherlands / Latvia, 2019, 96min.

    Mia goes to live with a family as their au pair. As soon as she arrives, however, she discovers that they have strict household rules: breaking any of them will lead to her immediate dismissal. The young woman has to decide whether to preserve her integrity or conform to a lifestyle that is utterly alien to her.

  • 3P3 30/6 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    4L2 1/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    6H1 3/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Last Visit Akher Ziyarah
    Directed by: Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan
    Saudi Arabia, 2019, 75min.

    On the way to a wedding Nasser finds out that his father is dying. He changes plans and heads straight off with his adolescent son Waleed to his dad’s small town. However, the strictly upheld customs they encounter in this rural environment start to affect Waleed and Nasser’s relationship. Using the story of a family encounter as its backdrop, the film adopts a realistic approach to discussing Islamic traditions while it examines the true nature of paternal love.

  • 2D4 29/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    3C2 30/6 12:30 Čas Cinema
    5H1 2/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Mamonga Mamonga
    Directed by: Stefan Malešević
    Serbia / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro, 2019, 92min.

    Jovana works behind the counter at a bakery in the small town where she lives with her father. Her somewhat shy peer Marko is supposed to follow in his own father’s footsteps and become a truck driver. But the events of one night change both their lives… Serbian director Stefan Malešević debuts with a formally distinctive triptych whose loose narrative structure challenges the viewer to actively participate in putting together the pieces of the mosaic.

  • 7P3 4/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    8C2 5/7 12:30 Čas Cinema
    9H3 6/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    My Thoughts Are Silent Moi dumki tikhi
    Directed by: Antonio Lukich
    Ukraine, 2019, 104min.

    Twenty-five-year-old Vadym works as a sound recordist. When a generous job offer comes along which could help him fulfil his dream to move to Canada, he doesn’t think twice and sets out to record the sounds of animals in the Carpathians… In his visually inspired road movie, subtly enhanced by its synthesized score, debuting director Antonio Lukich demonstrates a highly unusual talent for constructing tragicomic situations.

  • 3D5 30/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    4L4 1/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    6H2 3/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Nova Lituania Nova Lituania
    Directed by: Karolis Kaupinis
    Lithuania, 2019, 96min.

    1938. A new war looms on the horizon. Geographer Gruodis comes up with a novel solution to the situation: he proposes creating a “backup Lithuania” overseas, a place where the country’s inhabitants could move in case of danger… Working with carefully composed black-and-white shots, debuting director Karolis Kaupinis has forged this original idea into the gripping drama of a man trying to save his homeland while facing the collapse of his marriage.

  • 7P4 4/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    8C3 5/7 15:30 Čas Cinema
    9H4 6/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    Passed by Censor Görülmüştür
    Directed by: Serhat Karaaslan
    Turkey / Germany / France, 2018, 95min.

    Zakir works in a prison as a censor. Each day he reads dozens of letters, carefully blacking out everything not meant for the eyes of those serving time. A photograph inserted into one of the envelopes disrupts his regular routine, and his interest in the unknown woman in the picture grows into an obsession. A psychological study of an individual who gradually loses his personal and professional integrity while becoming trapped in his own fantasy world.

  • 5D4 2/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6L2 3/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    8H1 5/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Scandinavian Silence Skandinaavia vaikus
    Directed by: Martti Helde
    Estonia / France / Belgium, 2019, 75min.

    A brother and sister set out across a silent winter landscape, but after years apart they have difficulty communicating. This minimalist study of a difficult sibling relationship presents three versions of the same story, asking whether time can heal the wounds of the past.

  • 4D5 1/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    5L4 2/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    7H2 4/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Silent Days Hluché dni
    Directed by: Pavol Pekarčík
    Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2019, 81min.

    The heroes of the four stories told in Silent Days all have their dreams and desires. But they also have something else in common: they live on the fringes of society in a private world closed off from the outside – even more so since they cannot hear… In a film partaking of both fiction and documentary, hearing-impaired Romany children move about in their own environment as director Pavol Pekarčík deftly textures little stories reflecting their inner lives.

    Film is also part of the section People Next Door.

  • 6D4 3/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7C2 4/7 12:30 Čas Cinema
    9H1 6/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    Zizotek Zizotek
    Directed by: Vardis Marinakis
    Greece, 2019, 92min.

    After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, he takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually leads them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. A touching tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy that will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere.

Special Events

  • 125 28/6 20:30 Small Hall
    4P5 1/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    After the Wedding After the Wedding
    Directed by: Bart Freundlich
    USA, 2018, 112min.

    Isabel, an American woman who directs an orphanage in Calcutta, is running out of funds. Theresa lives in New York; she heads a media empire and is prepared to sponsor the shelter under one condition: Isabel has to get herself over to New York. A carefully paced drama starring the wonderful Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

  • 7D4 4/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The End of Berhof Zánik samoty Berhof
    Directed by: Jiří Svoboda
    Czechoslovakia / Poland, 1983, 98min.

    The war is finally over but the atmosphere is still tense. Ulrika lives in a secluded spot in the mountains near the German border, condemned to coexist with her boorish father after her mother’s death. One day a German nun bursts into the house accompanied by three young Wehrmacht soldiers; she has to get them back home whatever the cost. The drama, which draws together characters variously deformed by circumstance, is compelling for its deliberately restrained direction, masterfully paced suspense, and its evocative depiction of an utterly bleak environment.

  • 413 1/7 11:30 Grand Hall
    5N2 2/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    8P5 5/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    9L2 6/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Forman vs. Forman Forman vs. Forman
    Directed by: Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
    Czech Republic / France, 2019, 78min.

    Forman vs. Forman is a comprehensive portrait of the Oscar-winning Czech director. The movie is unique for its ingenious compilation of images drawing on existing footage and also on hitherto unknown shots discovered in the collections of friends and colleagues. On set and in interviews the filmmaker contemplates the notion of freedom and its limitations.

  • 7D5 4/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    8N2 5/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    957 6/7 22:30 Cinema B
    Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease Jiří Suchý - Lehce s životem se prát
    Directed by: Olga Sommerová
    Czech Republic, 2019, 104min.

    Jiří Suchý. Theatre personality, musician, poet, writer, graphic artist, collector, citizen. One of the key figures of the domestic cultural scene over the last six decades and a tireless campaigner for the enrichment of the Czech language. Olga Sommerová’s documentary presents a portrait of an artist and a man – a portrait of our times.

  • 926 6/7 21:00 Small Hall
    9N5 6/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Late Night Late Night
    Directed by: Nisha Ganatra
    USA, 2019, 102min.

    After a glittering career of twenty-five years, charismatic but jaded queen of late-night talk shows Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) discovers her viewing figures are rapidly spiralling. But then spontaneous Molly turns up looking for a job. Might she be the desirable female element lacking in Katherine’s team of egocentric alpha males and frustrated oddballs? Distantly related to The Devil Wears Prada, this enchanting comedy wowed audiences at this year’s Sundance.

  • 8D4 5/7 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Learning to Drive Learning to Drive
    Directed by: Isabel Coixet
    United Kingdom / USA, 2014, 90min.

    As her family is falling apart, a New York literary critic takes driving lessons so that she can visit her daughter in Vermont. Her instructor, an Indian Sikh, is having his own marital difficulties. Together, they may just find a way to take control of their lives.

  • 417 1/7 22:30 Grand Hall
    8P4 5/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    The Sleepers Bez vědomí
    Directed by: Ivan Zachariáš
    Czech Republic, 2019, 120min.

    October 1989. Violinist Marie and her politically engaged husband set out for Prague after twelve years of exile in London. But was their decision to dive into the pre-revolutionary chaos perhaps a bit too hasty? The communists are still in power, and the couple’s dissident past can still lead to unpleasant consequences… The first two parts of HBO Europe’s spy miniseries are being presented at KVIFF as an exclusive pre-premiere.

  • 517 2/7 22:30 Grand Hall
    6P5 3/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    Spider-Man: Far from Home Spider-Man: Far from Home
    Directed by: Jon Watts
    USA, 2019, 142min.

    Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far from Home, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood superhero and his friends Ned, MJ, and the rest go on vacation to Europe. But Peter’s plan to leave the crime-fighting behind for a few weeks and just have fun soon goes awry when agent Nick Fury shows up. Fury wants Peter to help him figure out why the old continent is being attacked by giant Elementals. An exclusive regional pre-premiere at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Documentary Films - Competition

  • 7C3 4/7 15:30 Čas Cinema
    8K5 5/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    953 6/7 14:00 Cinema B
    Confucian Dream Kongzi meng
    Directed by: Mijie Li
    China, 2019, 85min.

    In rapidly developing China, the educational system is geared toward producing competitive and productive workers, but not all parents want to teach their children to devote their life to work. Confucian Dream is the story of a mother looking for the right kind of alternative child-rearing that will take into account her son’s moral development.

  • 3C4 30/6 18:30 Čas Cinema
    4K3 1/7 13:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    652 3/7 11:30 Cinema B
    The Fading Village Chun qu dong lai
    Directed by: Liu Feifang
    China, 2019, 172min.

    Unlike the other young people in their forlorn mountain village, Hou Junli has remained with his family instead of leaving for the city. The dilapidated houses continue to resist the snow and rain, but how long will this place exist if there is nobody left to carry on local work and traditions? A long-term observational documentary about a difficult life and the love of one’s native soil.

  • 5C4 2/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    6K5 3/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    851 5/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Immortal Surematu
    Directed by: Ksenia Okhapkina
    Estonia / Latvia, 2019, 60min.

    How do the mechanisms of political power directly influence the lives of a country’s inhabitants? In seeking an answer to this difficult question, this cinematic essay looks at everyday life in a small Russian industrial city, uncovering along the way how dangerous and furtive an all-permeating ideology can be.

  • 6C3 3/7 15:30 Čas Cinema
    7K5 4/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    951 6/7 09:00 Cinema B
    In the Arms of Morpheus In de armen van Morpheus
    Directed by: Marc Schmidt
    Netherlands, 2019, 82min.

    What happens behind closed eyes when we lose consciousness and give ourselves over to dreams? How is our perception of reality changed when the line between waking and sleeping is blurred? Let yourself be taken to a place where the rational laws of daily life do not apply.

  • 4C4 1/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    5K4 2/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    752 4/7 11:30 Cinema B
    The Last Autumn Síðasta haustið
    Directed by: Yrsa Roca Fannberg
    Iceland, 2019, 78min.

    If the world has an edge, then it is almost certainly visible from Iceland. On the outermost cape, beyond which there is only the inhospitable Arctic Ocean, lies a farm belonging to Úlfar and his wife. This autumn will be the last time their grandchildren come from the city to drive the sheep back down from the hills. An almost tangible cinematic fabric that weaves a tale of an abandoned place where the mist clings to the steel-blue surface of the sea and where the occasional human visitor is sometimes welcome.

  • 523 2/7 15:30 Small Hall
    6K4 3/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    852 5/7 11:30 Cinema B
    Over the Hills Dálava
    Directed by: Martin Mareček
    Czech Republic, 2019, 76min.

    Father and son Vít and Grisha travel to Russia to visit the boy’s mother and sister. Why did their previously harmonious family split in two? A documentary road movie about the distance between two Slavic countries, the difficulties of fatherhood and puberty, and the alienation between people who should, in theory, be the closest of all.

  • 423 1/7 15:30 Small Hall
    5K5 2/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    751 4/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Projectionist Panorama
    Directed by: Yuriy Shylov
    Ukraine / Poland, 2019, 72min.

    Valentin is over sixty and has spent more than forty years working at Kyiv’s oldest cinema. You don’t have to twist his arm to go out drinking and dancing – the eccentric man simply ignores his age. But as with everyone else, life puts up new obstacles that he must overcome.

  • 2C4 29/6 18:30 Čas Cinema
    3K4 30/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    552 2/7 11:30 Cinema B
    Spoon Karote
    Directed by: Laila Pakalniņa
    Latvia / Norway / Lithuania, 2019, 65min.

    The plastic spoon was able to feign harmless unimportance until the moment Laila Pakalniņa, a distinctive international documentary filmmaker, cast her piercing glance its way. Her wordless film, whose humor arises from the surprising possibilities cinema has to offer, sings a dirge for this ornament of our bloated civilization: a piece of cheap plastic that will likely soon fade into history.

  • 3C3 30/6 15:30 Čas Cinema
    4K5 1/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    651 3/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Up to Down Giù dal vivo
    Directed by: Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti
    Italy, 2019, 74min.

    Naples. Home of the unbowed, of madmen and paupers. A city that refuses to lick anyone’s boots, let alone stoop to pretense. This documentary bad trip takes us on a tour of the city’s dismal suburbs and into the homes of the marginalized and rejected: a man, a girl, and a masked boxer – three protagonists yearning for something else, although they’re not quite sure what.

  • 6C4 3/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    7K4 4/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    952 6/7 11:30 Cinema B
    17 Blocks 17 Blocks
    Directed by: Davy Rothbart
    USA, 2018, 97min.

    The moment nine-year-old Emmanuel received his first video camera in 1999, he began to shoot a chronicle of the Sanford family, warts and all. Ten years later, filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart uses his material to complete this disarming tale from Washington, D.C., where the streets are ruled by poverty and violence just seventeen blocks from the Capitol.

Horizons

  • 2N2 29/6 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    436 1/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    7L2 4/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    956 6/7 20:00 Cinema B
    Adam Adam
    Directed by: Maryam Touzani
    Morocco / France / Serbia, 2019, 98min.

    Taciturn Abla runs a small bakery in the house she shares with her eight-year-old daughter Warda. One day their routine is disturbed by an unexpected knock at the door. Pregnant Samia is looking for a temporary place to stay in exchange for work. This understated drama about the magical power of human solidarity, delicious pastries, and Moroccan music was cheered by audiences at this year’s Cannes fest.

  • 1N1 28/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    227 29/6 21:30 Small Hall
    556 2/7 20:00 Cinema B
    8C1 5/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    Amazing Grace Amazing Grace
    Directed by: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
    USA, 2018, 87min.

    Oh Lord! In 1972 Aretha Franklin recorded her greatest gospel album, and director Sydney Pollack was there to capture the explosive spiritual music, Aretha’s singular charisma, the African-American community in Los Angeles, period outfits and the ecstasy. As The New York Times wrote: “Don’t bother with tissues. Bring a towel!”

  • 1C3 28/6 15:30 Čas Cinema
    3K7 30/6 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    4H4 1/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    755 4/7 17:00 Cinema B
    The Cordillera of Dreams La Cordillera de los sueños
    Directed by: Patricio Guzmán
    Chile / France, 2019, 85min.

    A documentary essay as much about memory as it is about mountains since the Andes have always protected Chileans from the outside world, but they have also kept it ruthlessly isolated. The history of the country is thus forever associated with this inhospitable and yet beautiful range, which is perhaps its last hope.

  • 1P2 28/6 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    3N3 30/6 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    5N3 2/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    711 4/7 09:00 Grand Hall
    The Dead Don't Die The Dead Don't Die
    Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
    USA / Sweden, 2019, 105min.

    Cliff (Bill Murray) and Ronnie (Adam Driver), two otherwise calm police officers in the sleepy town of Centerville, are beginning to get worried. Animals are disappearing without a trace, clocks have stopped, and night isn’t falling. And the creatures roaming the town are vaguely familiar. Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy, which opened this year’s festival in Cannes, also stars Chloë Sevigny, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton.

  • 217 29/6 22:30 Grand Hall
    4N1 1/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    7P5 4/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    824 5/7 18:30 Small Hall
    Diego Maradona Diego Maradona
    Directed by: Asif Kapadia
    United Kingdom, 2019, 130min.

    The entire life of Diego Maradona may be concisely summarized by the seven dramatic years he spent in Naples. After Asif Kapadia’s riveting Senna and mournful Amy, the master of the documentary compilation opted for a portrait of the controversial Argentinian athlete. Although the football gods blessed him with unparalleled talent, off the field they made him pay dearly.

  • 4P4 1/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    6K6 3/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    714 4/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    Ghost Town Anthology Répertoire des villes disparues
    Directed by: Denis Côté
    Canada, 2019, 96min.

    After a tragic event strikes the remote town of Irénée-les-Neiges, the locals try to come to terms with their sorrow and doubt, but the arrival of strangely silent outsiders commands their attention. This melancholy portrait of a dying town, which screened in the main competition at this year’s Berlinale, plays with the ambiguity of the phrase “ghost town” and with the conventions of the ghost movie.

  • 1L4 28/6 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    3P4 30/6 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    6N4 3/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    8N1 5/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    The Champion Il Campione
    Directed by: Leonardo D'Agostini
    Italy, 2019, 105min.

    Young Christian Ferro is a born striker and the pride of A.S. Roma. The cosseted soccer star is always up for anything, but the excesses in the celebrity’s private life are starting to jeopardise a promising career. A radical decision from the club president isn’t long in coming, and Valerio, a personal tutor, appears on the scene with a seemingly impossible task. This intelligent comedy is the superlative debut of talented Leonardo D’Agostini.

  • 1P4 28/6 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    814 5/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão
    Directed by: Karim Aïnouz
    Brazil / Germany, 2019, 139min.

    It’s 1950. Inseparable sisters Euridíce (18) and Guida (20) live with their conservative parents in Rio de Janeiro. Each girl has her own special dream in life, and neither can imagine being without the other. And yet one day they’ll have to go their separate ways… With this stylistically precise period melodrama, renowned Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz gave audiences one of the most emotional experiences at this year’s festival in Cannes, where The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão won the Prix Un Certain Regard.

  • 213 29/6 11:30 Grand Hall
    3D6 30/6 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    636 3/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    Killing Zan
    Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto
    Japan, 2018, 80min.

    When a group of aimless ronin meet in the picturesque Japanese countryside, you can bet that things are about to get dicey. Tsukamoto’s period drama is a fine-tuned genre film, a tale of romantic destiny, and a provocative meditation on human values.

  • 314 30/6 14:00 Grand Hall
    5N5 2/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    8D2 5/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Light of My Life Light of My Life
    Directed by: Casey Affleck
    USA, 2019, 119min.

    In his evocative sophomore effort, set in a dystopian era when almost all the women have died of an unknown disease, Casey Affleck plays a father journeying through an oppressive landscape with his 11-year-old kid Rag; their only goal is to survive. This highly contemplative and stark picture confirms the filmmaker’s exceptional qualities in the realm of North American independent cinema.

  • 133 28/6 13:00 Congress Hall
    3P5 30/6 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    511 2/7 09:00 Grand Hall
    7N1 4/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Mid90s Mid90s
    Directed by: Jonah Hill
    USA, 2018, 85min.

    When thirteen-year-old Stevie comes across a group of older skateboarders, he immediately wants to join them. What more could a kid in the nineties want than to forget all his problems and head out for adventure? This coming-of-age story about a carefree, risk-filled adolescence is Jonah Hill’s directorial debut.

  • 155 28/6 17:00 Cinema B
    335 30/6 19:00 Congress Hall
    6N1 3/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    9N3 6/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Oleg Oļegs
    Directed by: Juris Kursietis
    Latvia / Belgium / Lithuania / France, 2019, 108min.

    Oleg, a Latvian butcher living in Brussels, is trying to handle a difficult financial situation, but a false accusation costs him a promised job at a meat factory. When he becomes acquainted with a charismatic Pole named Andrzej who offers to help, it seems as though his fortunes have taken a turn for the better… Premiered at Cannes, the picture presents a multilayered, chillingly realistic look at the lives of the less privileged living in the heart of the European Union.

  • 123 28/6 15:30 Small Hall
    2K3 29/6 13:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    654 3/7 16:00 Cinema B
    9C4 6/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    Our Time Nuestro tiempo
    Directed by: Carlos Reygadas
    Mexico / France / Germany / Denmark / Sweden, 2018, 177min.

    Juan and Ester have a farm where they breed fighting bulls. Juan is also a recognised poet, and he and his wife have an open relationship which allows them other lovers. But things get complicated when Ester starts sleeping with someone and says nothing about it to Juan.

  • 2N4 29/6 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    311 30/6 09:00 Grand Hall
    5L6 2/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    7K7 4/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Papicha Papicha
    Directed by: Mounia Meddour
    France / Algeria / Belgium / Qatar, 2019, 106min.

    Algiers in the nineties. Religious radicalism is gaining ground, and, further down the line, the result will be civil war. Eighteen-year-old Nedjma resists the changes via a flashy attempt to maintain her status as an independent woman – both in her relationships and in her choice of clothes. Brimming with girl power, this debut film brought a ray of light into the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes fest.

  • 1P1 28/6 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    3N4 30/6 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    812 5/7 11:00 Grand Hall
    9D6 6/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Parasite Gisaengchung
    Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
    South Korea, 2019, 132min.

    The four-member Kim family lives in a small, run-down flat and is constantly struggling with money. Recommended by a friend, son Ki-Woo gets a chance to work for the rich Park family, and he starts putting together a grand plan… Bong’s masterful genre interplay, with its strong social message, unpredictable narrative, and skillfully paced, darkly comic scenes, deservedly earned the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes IFF.

  • 2P3 29/6 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    3D3 30/6 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    9D5 6/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Rojo Rojo
    Directed by: Benjamín Naishtat
    Argentina / Belgium / Brazil / Germany / France / Switzerland, 2018, 109min.

    Although never directly stating when this tragicomic story of the petit-bourgeois Claudio takes place, this 1970s-style thriller hints at the period just before the military coup in Argentina when people began to disappear by the thousands. Benjamín Naishtat’s second film won three awards at San Sebastián – Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Actor.

  • 1L2 28/6 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    4N4 1/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    5P3 2/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    System Crasher Systemsprenger
    Directed by: Nora Fingscheidt
    Germany, 2019, 118min.

    Nine-year-old Benni is a fragile kid filled with rage against all institutions because she believes they are keeping her from returning home to her mother. Will this young girl, who is constantly running away, find at least one person to love her unconditionally? This energetic yet painfully touching debut won the Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlinale.

  • 135 28/6 19:00 Congress Hall
    2P1 29/6 10:00 Pupp Cinema
    612 3/7 11:00 Grand Hall
    9N4 6/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    The Traitor Il traditore
    Directed by: Marco Bellocchio
    Italy / France / Germany / Brazil, 2019, 145min.

    Among the Sicilian Mafia, collaborating with the law amounts to treason, which is punishable by death and the eradication of the traitor’s entire family. And yet in 1986, Cosa Nostra member Tommaso Buscetta became a key witness in a grand Mafia trial.

  • 153 28/6 14:00 Cinema B
    3K1 30/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    834 5/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    Varda by Agnès Varda par Agnès
    Directed by: Agnès Varda
    France, 2019, 115min.

    In this documentary, which was to be her last, the celebrated pioneer of the French New Wave demonstrates her distinctive flair as she takes us back to the sets of some of her best known films and brings to light her working methods and lifelong attitudes towards cinema and much else besides.

  • 2K5 29/6 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    356 30/6 20:00 Cinema B
    735 4/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    8K7 5/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?
    Directed by: Roberto Minervini
    Italy / USA / France, 2018, 123min.

    The filmmaker gained access to an African-American community in the American South – to both ordinary people and to the otherwise reclusive Black Panthers. The sympathetic protagonists’ stories reflect the burning issues associated with ongoing racism in America, which not only segregates the black community but physically threatens its members on a daily basis.

  • 2N5 29/6 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    4N2 1/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    7D2 4/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    934 6/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    Wherever You Are Ovunque proteggimi
    Directed by: Bonifacio Angius
    Italy, 2018, 98min.

    Now in his fifties, Alessandro has been singing to unresponsive audiences in small-town clubs for years. After each gig he heads to a local bar, where he drinks his way through his meagre pay. The bleak monotony of this sensual hulk’s existence is radically shaken up by an encounter with Francesca, a childishly spontaneous  woman with big green eyes. Set in the world of marginalised individuals, this unconventional romance unfolds on the sun-drenched island of Sardinia.

  • 1D3 28/6 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    414 1/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    6P4 3/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    9N2 6/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    A White, White Day Hvítur, hvítur dagur
    Directed by: Hlynur Pálmason
    Iceland / Denmark / Sweden, 2019, 109min.

    As he goes through his late wife’s effects, former police officer Ingimundur begins to question whether he truly knew her. Hlynur Pálmason’s emotionally complex and hypnotic film stands out for Maria von Hausswolff’s excellent cinematography and Ingvar E. Sigurðsson’s performance as the mourning and increasingly stubborn widower.

  • 211 29/6 09:00 Grand Hall
    717 4/7 22:30 Grand Hall
    Yesterday Yesterday
    Directed by: Danny Boyle
    United Kingdom, 2019, 112min.

    Yesterday everyone knew the Beatles, but today, by some miracle, only Jack remembers their songs. In the old world he tried for years to break onto the songwriting scene, but now, armed with an arsenal of the Fab Four’s greatest hits, he can truly smell success. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) brings us an irresistible comedy which demonstrates that, in life, all you need is love – and perhaps a little music, too.

Another View

  • 2C3 29/6 15:30 Čas Cinema
    3K5 30/6 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    551 2/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Apollo 11 Apollo 11
    Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller
    USA, 2019, 93min.

    Fifty years after the first lunar landing, NASA has opened up its extensive archives and released previously unseen material of amazing audiovisual quality, including a 70mm film of the launch from Cape Canaveral and intimate footage of the otherworldly calm that prevailed in the lunar module. The nine-day mission becomes more than just Armstrong’s iconic “giant leap for mankind,” growing instead into a fascinating space odyssey.

  • 1L1 28/6 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    321 30/6 09:30 Small Hall
    513 2/7 11:30 Grand Hall
    7N2 4/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Dafne Dafne
    Directed by: Federico Bondi
    Italy, 2019, 94min.

    Dafne is a young woman who is a constant source of positive energy for those around her. And when tragedy strikes her family, Dafne is the one left in charge of the healing process. Nevertheless, there’s an obstacle on her path to independence: she has Down syndrome. Focusing on a gentle power capable of overcoming anything, the movie first enchanted audiences at this year’s Berlinale.

  • 1K1 28/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    3L6 30/6 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    5N1 2/7 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    7N5 4/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Die Kinder der Toten Die Kinder der Toten
    Directed by: Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška
    Austria, 2018, 90min.

    A bloody car crash, undead doppelgängers, a grand feast at a Styrian pub, and a group of starving Syrians at death’s door… Thanks to such unforgettable scenes, directing duo Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška have succeeded in transforming Elfriede Jelinek’s magnum opus into an over-the-top, silent 8 mm horror movie that shines for its one-of-a-kind cinematic style and ruthless irony.

  • 2H2 29/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    6L6 3/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    933 6/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    A Dog Called Money A Dog Called Money
    Directed by: Seamus Murphy
    Ireland / United Kingdom, 2019, 90min.

    PJ Harvey, a seminal author and singer of her generation, travels through Kosovo and other areas marked by social crisis in search of ways to use popular music as a journalistic medium. Along the way we get a close-up look at the creative, focused, and witty artist writing songs in a glass studio visible to the public.

  • 1K2 28/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    2C5 29/6 21:00 Čas Cinema
    4K1 1/7 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    8H5 5/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    Dogs Don’t Wear Pants Koirat eivät käytä housuja
    Directed by: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
    Finland / Latvia, 2019, 105min.

    The years are flying by, his daughter is growing up, but Juha still mourns his drowned wife. Everything changes the moment he meets Mona – a mysterious dominatrix who makes him feel that intimacy is still a possibility and that the experience might help him see his deceased love again.

  • 2C1 29/6 10:00 Čas Cinema
    334 30/6 16:00 Congress Hall
    557 2/7 22:30 Cinema B
    9K6 6/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Fire Will Come O que arde
    Directed by: Oliver Laxe
    France / Luxembourg / Spain, 2019, 85min.

    Amador Coro returns home, but nobody welcomes him, not even his own mother, who responds with a frosty calmness. Years ago he started a devastating fire for which he deservedly spent time in the slammer. He is gradually readjusting to the slow pace of life on the family’s small farm in the wild Galician countryside, but one day flames rise again… Winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes IFF.

  • 1D5 28/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    234 29/6 16:00 Congress Hall
    6C2 3/7 12:30 Čas Cinema
    8L4 5/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Gold Is All There Is Tutto l'oro che c'è
    Directed by: Andrea Caccia
    Italy / Switzerland / France, 2019, 100min.

    Ticino, the azure river. Born in the mountains, it flows through fertile plains and on to a lake. It is a world in and of itself. Its banks provide shelter for insects, animals, and solitary gold prospectors. It gives life to the surrounding landscape and to people that never meet.

  • 1C6 28/6 21:30 Čas Cinema
    2K7 29/6 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    535 2/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    757 4/7 22:30 Cinema B
    In Fabric In Fabric
    Directed by: Peter Strickland
    United Kingdom, 2018, 118min.

    The January sales at a slightly bizarre boutique go somewhat awry. While a bank clerk has problems with a cursed dress she’s just bought (you can’t just stick it in the washing machine, we’ll tell you that much), the boutique staff perform esoteric rituals after closing time… This wild assemblage by Peter Strickland is as much a tribute to the cult giallo film genre as it is an expression of deference towards fabric itself, the star of the show.

  • 3D2 30/6 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    452 1/7 11:30 Cinema B
    533 2/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    822 5/7 12:30 Small Hall
    Introduzione all'oscuro Introduzione all'oscuro
    Directed by: Gastón Solnicki
    Argentina / Austria, 2018, 67min.

    Gastón Solnicki and Hans Hurch – the nonconformist Argentine filmmaker and the respected head of the cult Viennale festival. A little big film about a friendship that continues even beyond death, presented in the form of Solnicki’s cinematic declaration to his deceased pal. About mourning that is both playful and provocative without being any less real. About Vienna as you’ve never seen it before.

  • 1N3 28/6 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    3H3 30/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    4K7 1/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    7N3 4/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Koko-di Koko-da Koko-di koko-da
    Directed by: Johannes Nyholm
    Sweden / Denmark, 2019, 84min.

    Elin and her husband Tobias’s camping trip becomes a nightmare when they are terrorized by a trio of right shady characters who suddenly emerge from the depths of the forest. What is it like to be stuck in a horrible dream? And even worse, to have to relive it over and over again? Believe it: the song that lent its name to this perversely humorous picture will be stuck in your head for a long time.

  • 2C2 29/6 12:30 Čas Cinema
    333 30/6 13:00 Congress Hall
    6D3 3/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    823 5/7 15:30 Small Hall
    Lillian Lillian
    Directed by: Andreas Horvath
    Austria, 2019, 128min.

    After missing her chance to leave the United States in the proper manner, Lillian decides to return to her native Russia on foot – from New York, across the entire continent. This remarkable observational piece, which lulls the audience like a slowly advancing horizon, dispenses with the usual dramatic approaches in order to sketch a pilgrimage across the vast landscape. And the mere absence of society’s watchful eye can lead to happiness.

  • 1L6 28/6 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    422 1/7 12:30 Small Hall
    6H4 3/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    8C6 5/7 21:30 Čas Cinema
    The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón
    Directed by: Syllas Tzoumerkas
    Greece / Germany / Netherlands / Sweden, 2019, 121min.

    Directed by Greek New Wave director Syllas Tzoumerkas, this thriller maintains its grip on the audience as it cloaks its realistic, socially-critical intent in a tale at once disturbing, eerie, dreamlike, and spiritual, benefitting greatly from its ensemble cast of charismatic individuals.

  • 2K6 29/6 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    5C5 2/7 21:00 Čas Cinema
    713 4/7 11:30 Grand Hall
    9K7 6/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    Monos Monos
    Directed by: Alejandro Landes
    Colombia / Argentina / Netherlands / Denmark / Sweden / Germany / Uruguay / USA, 2018, 102min.

    A bizarre paramilitary unit is encamped among ruins on a hill, but their mission is as unclear as their view into the surrounding fog-shrouded jungle. One of the most remarkable Latin American films of the current festival season presents a formally jarring fable about the struggle for freedom, which in some parts of the world can simply mean survival.

  • 1C2 28/6 12:30 Čas Cinema
    3L1 30/6 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    623 3/7 15:30 Small Hall
    733 4/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    Monsters. Monștri.
    Directed by: Marius Olteanu
    Romania, 2019, 116min.

    Dana and Arthur, a seemingly perfect couple, have been married for almost ten years. But as we follow them through the streets of Bucharest over the course of 24 hours, doubts, divergent needs, and struggles with inner demons persistently bubble to the surface. Directed with ample empathy, this relationship study touching on social taboos was one of the most distinctive debuts at this year’s Berlinale.

  • 1N5 28/6 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    221 29/6 09:30 Small Hall
    5P4 2/7 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    811 5/7 09:00 Grand Hall
    Out of Tune De frivillige
    Directed by: Frederikke Aspöck
    Denmark, 2019, 93min.

    Perhaps multimillionaire Markus realized that his investment fraud against the state would one day land him behind bars, but he definitely never imagined he’d be joining the prison choir. A darkly humorous tragicomedy in which arguments over who’s keeping time and who isn’t take on absurd dimensions.

  • 1N2 28/6 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    323 30/6 15:30 Small Hall
    5P5 2/7 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    8D6 5/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Real Love C'est ça l'amour
    Directed by: Claire Burger
    France, 2018, 98min.

    When Mario’s wife leaves him, he is left to look after their two adolescent daughters by himself. While 14-year-old Frida blames her father for the break-up of their family, 17-year-old Niki just wants to leave home. A multi-layered drama about the fragility of human bonds which examines the possibility that loss emboldens us to discover who we really are. The picture won the Giornate degli Autori Director’s Award at the Venice IFF.

  • 131 28/6 08:30 Congress Hall
    2H3 29/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    4K6 1/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    626 3/7 21:00 Small Hall
    The Sharks Los tiburones
    Directed by: Lucía Garibaldi
    Uruguay / Argentina / Spain, 2019, 80min.

    Fourteen-year-old Rosina circles the slightly older Joselo like a clumsy baby shark. Although she hides it well, the hormonal chaos she is experiencing expresses itself in risky flirtation and outright malice. Debuting Uruguayan director Lucía Garibaldi’s award-winning study of romantic fumbling and youthful obsession leaves itself open to interpretation.

  • 1H5 28/6 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    2K1 29/6 09:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    3K6 30/6 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    4L5 1/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Sick, Sick, Sick Sem seu sangue
    Directed by: Alice Furtado
    Brazil / France / Netherlands, 2019, 100min.

    When Silvia and Artur meet in high school, it’s love at first sight. But a hereditary disease takes Artur soon after, and Silvia, mourning, leaves for the seaside with her family. After coming across a book on Haitian rituals, she decides to bring Artur back to life … because with love it’s either all or nothing.

  • 2P5 29/6 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    357 30/6 22:30 Cinema B
    8N4 5/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    924 6/7 18:30 Small Hall
    Sons of Denmark Danmarks sønner
    Directed by: Ulaa Salim
    Denmark, 2019, 123min.

    The immigration crisis has heightened tensions in Danish society. As nationalist voices gain in intensity and openly foment animosity towards ethnic minorities, 19-year-old Zakaria finds himself obliged to defend his Arab family. A highly topical look at current events in Europe, presented in the form of a dark psychological drama.

  • 2L1 29/6 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    4H3 1/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    656 3/7 20:00 Cinema B
    935 6/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    Stitches Šavovi
    Directed by: Miroslav Terzić
    Serbia / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019, 97min.

    Ana’s son died soon after childbirth … or at least that’s what her doctors told her. Today, twenty years later, she still won’t give up hope that he’s alive somewhere. And according to certain indications, he may well be. Based on true events, the film sensitively explores the consequences of a dark chapter in modern Serbian history.

  • 2L2 29/6 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    451 1/7 09:00 Cinema B
    6N5 3/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    8K4 5/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Tlamess Tlamess
    Directed by: Ala Eddine Slim
    Tunisia / France, 2019, 120min.

    A magical allegory of our politically chaotic present … or perhaps just an elusive fantasy. Soldier S is given leave to attend his mother’s funeral, but he never returns to his unit. Young F learns she is pregnant and a few days later disappears into the woods. A fragile mystery about individuals who find themselves in a world not subject to the usual rules.

  • 2P2 29/6 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    5N4 2/7 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Tommaso Tommaso
    Directed by: Abel Ferrara
    Italy, 2019, 115min.

    The titular hero of the latest offering from ex-bad boy Abel Ferrara, played impeccably by Willem Dafoe, feels at home in Rome, and he even enjoys struggling to learn Italian. But he also sees a change in outlook overtaking his young wife Nikki, with whom he has a little girl, the apple of his eye. Ferrara continues his probe into the unsettlingly dark side of our existence in a supremely unexpected fashion, via a film so intense it takes your breath away.

  • 222 29/6 12:30 Small Hall
    633 3/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    8D3 5/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Trial Process
    Directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
    Netherlands, 2018, 128min.

    Stalin’s show trials paved the way for the Great Terror. The court proceedings against members of the so-called Industrial Party were staged on camera as a spectacle designed to intimidate. Thanks to Sergei Loznitsa, even ninety years on the archive footage still speaks of the unchanging principles of totalitarian mechanisms and of the manipulative force of demagogy and film.

  • 2N3 29/6 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    411 1/7 09:00 Grand Hall
    The Unknown Saint Le miracle du Saint Inconnu
    Directed by: Alaa Eddine Aljem
    Morocco / France / Qatar, 2019, 100min.

    Just before being caught by the police, a fleeing thief buries his loot in the sand and disguises the hiding place as a grave. When he’s released from prison several years later, he discovers that the grave has become a shrine to an unknown saint, and that it is surrounded by a village that lives off his veneration. A Moroccan comedy about faith, mammon, and miraculous healing.

Imagina

  • 2K2 29/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    351 30/6 09:00 Cinema B
    5H5 2/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    9C7 6/7 22:30 Čas Cinema
    Communion Los Angeles Communion Los Angeles
    Directed by: Adam R. Levine, Peter Bo Rappmund
    USA, 2018, 68min.

    This unique cinematic portrait takes us to Route 110, one of Los Angeles’ major freeways. Using time-lapse photography, the filmmakers capture the relentless bustle of the city and its inhabitants, and present a commentary on the environs and the communities whose lives are defined by the urbanistic concept and infrastructure of the town.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Water and Clearing, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Interbeing, Pareidolia, Walled Unwalled, Meteorite
    The Glamorous Boys of Tang Tang chao chi li nan
    Directed by: Su Hui-Yu
    Taiwan, 2018, 15min.

    Inspired by the 1980s Taiwanese erotic fantasy The Glamorous Boys of Tang, this film reimagines certain scenes which didn’t make it into the original picture for censorship and funding reasons. Taken together, the precise sets, costumes and staging of the sex orgies and murders during the Tang dynasty create spectral moments that are at once beautiful and repulsive.

  • 1K7 28/6 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    4H1 1/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    7H5 4/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    955 6/7 17:00 Cinema B
    The Grand Bizarre The Grand Bizarre
    Directed by: Jodie Mack
    USA, 2018, 60min.

    This kaleidoscopic ride takes us into a world governed by fabric, brightly coloured patterns and sundry textures. The film’s extravagant kinetic stop-motion animation conjures up a highly original image of a globally connected world, of the relentless movement of objects and people, and of their cultures and lives, whose nature is reflected in textiles and their circulation.

  • 156 28/6 20:00 Cinema B
    3H4 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    5K6 2/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    7C4 4/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    Heimat Is a Space in Time Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit
    Directed by: Thomas Heise
    Germany / Austria, 2019, 218min.

    Recounted against a backdrop of major 20th century events, seasoned nonconformist and true intellectual Thomas Heise immerses himself in four generations of his family’s history, employing a serenity that the nourishing three-and-a-half-hour footage demands. The cinephilic hit of this year’s Berlinale asks out loud for a peckish audience that won’t be put off by narratives scored with all manner of grooves and crevices.

  • 132 28/6 10:30 Congress Hall
    457 1/7 22:30 Cinema B
    6C1 3/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    8H4 5/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    The Hidden City La ciudad oculta
    Directed by: Víctor Moreno
    Spain / France / Germany, 2018, 80min.

    Beneath the modern city of Madrid lies a vast labyrinth of subterranean galleries, tunnels and sewers – a perfectly devised system which controls the way the metropolis breathes. That the world above appears to function entirely naturally is attributable to a system of heavy-duty engineering and technological advancement. An unconventional, contemplative viewing experience that goes hand in hand with the film’s sophisticated audiovisual composition.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Water and Clearing, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Pareidolia, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Walled Unwalled, Meteorite
    Interbeing Interbeing
    Directed by: Martina Hoogland Ivanow
    Sweden, 2018, 11min.

    Contact, touch, trust? The Swedish artist uses unconventional technology to create her piece: the film is composed of shots taken with a thermal camera, which exposes the invisible traces that remain after fleeting, chance encounters, and after physical contact with those close to us and with unknown passers-by. An intriguing portrayal of intimacy and its presence in a public space.

  • 1H1 28/6 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    255 29/6 17:00 Cinema B
    6H3 3/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    931 6/7 08:30 Congress Hall
    Just Don't Think I'll Scream Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle
    Directed by: Frank Beauvais
    France, 2019, 75min.

    Frank Beauvais’s supremely original audiovisual diary uses filmmaking as a therapeutic device which enables the director to work his way through to the depths of his being. This isn’t a generic movie mashup, it’s an unstoppable stream of consciousness steeped in depression, but it also promises redemption and reflects a love of cinema.

  • 3C7 30/6 22:30 Čas Cinema
    4H2 1/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    6H5 3/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    8K6 5/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Memento Stella Memento Stella
    Directed by: Takashi Makino
    Japan / Hong Kong, 2018, 60min.

    What remains of an image whose original representation becomes unrecognizable after the process of creative intervention? The film sequences bring to life some kind of elementary matter which gives rise to all living and non-living things. A remarkable film with a compelling hallucinogenic rhythm that allows us to experience fundamental existential issues of consciousness and being.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Water and Clearing, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Interbeing, Pareidolia, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Walled Unwalled
    Meteorite Meteorito
    Directed by: Mauricio Sáenz
    Mexico, 2018, 15min.

    A small group of men dressed in national costume move through a mountainous region dotted with meteorite craters. Monitored by the enigmatic voice of the narrator, they have come to perform an unusual ritual. These “bird men” have to die in order to create life and find the place where the sun rises. A contemplation of the cycle of life which borrows much from the stories of the origin of mankind, as told in Mesoamerican mythology.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Water and Clearing, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Interbeing, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Walled Unwalled, Meteorite
    Pareidolia Pareidolia
    Directed by: Nan Wang
    Netherlands, 2019, 11min.

    An impressive experiment in which abstract patterns are used as source material for creating similar figurative images as interpreted by an online search engine with its own algorithm. The result is an exhilarating visual experience assimilating artificial intelligence, the ineffability of the analogue world, and the limits of the human retina, through which we perceive the individual film frames.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Water and Clearing, Interbeing, Pareidolia, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Walled Unwalled, Meteorite
    Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars
    Directed by: Charlotte Pryce
    USA, 2018, 7min.

    Mist lapping the edges of the surface of the earth and an infinitely dark night. Materialising somewhere in between is a mysterious, electrical substance – both ineffably intimate and cosmically remote. An entrancing cinematic poem that sets off into the unknown, inspired by medieval tales about mythical matter and 19th century photographic techniques.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: Water and Clearing, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Interbeing, Pareidolia, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Walled Unwalled, Meteorite
    tx-reverse tx-reverse
    Directed by: Virgil Widrich, Martin Reinhart
    Austria, 2019, 5min.

    The sacred space of the motion-picture theatre is where the magic of cinematography unfolds time and again. The rapid sequence of film frames, which only capture a momentary fragment of the whole, creates the illusion of an uninterrupted continuum. Here the filmmakers reverse the relationship between time and space, drawing their viewers in as they experience each frame as an impression of the entire time while only seeing part of the filmed space.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Water and Clearing, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Interbeing, Pareidolia, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Meteorite
    Walled Unwalled Walled Unwalled
    Directed by: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
    Germany, 2018, 21min.

    Perhaps never before has global society manifested such an urge to build mighty walls to safeguard sovereignty. At the same time, it has likewise invested vast sums of money and energy in technology and increasingly inventive methods to facilitate the traversal of these physical barriers. A resourcefully constructed film examining the very essence of the modern world in a contemplation of isolationism and the endless attempts to overcome it.

  • 1H2 28/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    3K2 30/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    5H3 2/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    853 5/7 14:00 Cinema B
    This film will be screened with films: tx-reverse, Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Interbeing, Pareidolia, The Glamorous Boys of Tang, Walled Unwalled, Meteorite
    Water and Clearing Water and Clearing
    Directed by: Siegfried A. Fruhauf
    Austria, 2018, 5min.

    Employing his inimitable creative style, the Austrian structuralist rolls out another fascinating study of movement and rest, during which a wooden bucket travels to get water and comes back again. Original tracking shots and stop-motion techniques give rise to an audiovisually disarming piece in which sudden motionlessness only reinforces the dynamism of the film.

Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema

  • 434 1/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    8L5 5/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: A Siege, The Jarariju Sisters
    Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
    Directed by: Natalie Cubides-Brady
    United Kingdom, 2019, 24min.

    The transformation of the landscape over time, the impact of technology on nature, and the contrast between modern industry and the myths that have, since time immemorial, been associated with unspoiled nature. All these topics come together in this hybrid documentary about the search for a man who mysteriously disappeared while investigating a Scottish nuclear reactor.

  • 424 1/7 18:30 Small Hall
    8L6 5/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Precious
    Get Ready With Me Get Ready With Me
    Directed by: Jonatan Etzler
    Sweden, 2018, 29min.

    When Lukas asks his students to shoot a short film about their lives, he has no idea what might happen. Indeed, timid Vendela’s movie launches a chain of ridicule, bullying, and accusations that even the teacher can’t escape. Get Ready With Me exposes the cruel nature of the present day, where a cellphone can be a weapon and likes mean everything.

  • 534 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    9L5 6/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Playing, Touch Me
    He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš Viņu sauca Haoss Bērziņš
    Directed by: Signe Birkova
    Latvia, 2018, 25min.

    After being kidnapped by aliens, copy shop employee Harijs Bērziņš doesn’t quite feel at home in his skin, and even ufologist Vilma doesn’t exactly elicit his trust. On top of that, he has no idea that the gray alien mother is giving birth to his son right now. The movie’s playful experimentation with form cleverly turns the clichés of the classic sci-fi genre on their head.

  • 434 1/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    8L5 5/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: A Siege, Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
    The Jarariju Sisters Soeurs Jarariju
    Directed by: Jorge Cadena
    Switzerland / Colombia, 2018, 21min.

    Vivian and Yandris are growing up in the ritual-filled environment of the Wayuu tribe, the last outpost of the ancient ways in northern Colombia, where the landscape is slowly being ravaged by the mining industry. After their father’s death they have nothing to tie them to their home anymore, so they decide to run away. An ethnographically precise yet poetically tender story about the courage to start a new life.

  • 524 2/7 18:30 Small Hall
    9L6 6/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: The Last Children of Paradise
    Kid Kid
    Directed by: Gregor Valentovič
    Slovak Republic, 2019, 28min.

    Hana is getting married, Maja is moving in with her boyfriend, Bažo is off to Canada, but there are no radical changes in David’s life. His friends grow distant, and now he must face the problem of dealing with his newfound loneliness. A congenially energetic film about the void that often grows between the world of carefree partying and the settled life of adulthood.

  • 524 2/7 18:30 Small Hall
    9L6 6/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Kid
    The Last Children of Paradise Die letzten Kinder im Paradies
    Directed by: Anna Roller
    Germany, 2019, 29min.

    Fourteen-year-old Leah lives with her ten-year-old brother Theo and their grandmother. A sad event that unexpectedly affects their lives forces her to take responsibility for the family, but she does so with the ease of a child. A perceptive film about losing a sense of security that had felt like paradise.

  • 534 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    9L5 6/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš, Touch Me
    Playing Hra
    Directed by: Lun Sevnik
    Czech Republic, 2019, 22min.

    Teenagers Boris and Hugo have informed the internet that they’ll be committing suicide in one hour. Sixty minutes of wondering whether it’s a joke, provocation, or reality. The clock is ticking, the online voyeurs are growing restless, and Hugo, unlike Boris, is beginning to have doubts. A carefully constructed film about a decision that can’t be changed. Or can it?

  • 424 1/7 18:30 Small Hall
    8L6 5/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Get Ready With Me
    Precious Majkino zlato
    Directed by: Irfan Avdić
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018, 27min.

    Seventeen-year-old orphan Alem lives alone with his grandmother. They have little money, and Alem begins to grow desperate at their never-ending poverty. He’d like to go on a school trip, but their modest budget makes it impossible. Endeavoring for once not to be the target of pity and contempt, the young man resorts to a desperate solution…

  • 434 1/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    8L5 5/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie, The Jarariju Sisters
    A Siege Ostrom
    Directed by: István Kovács
    Hungary, 2018, 23min.

    Sarajevo, 1994. A city ruined by war. Most homes are without electricity, and the water mains dried up long ago. Widow Tea wants to wash her hair, but she loses her carefully guarded reserve of water. In an attempt at replacing the loss, she sets out on a journey that could cost her her life. A moving drama about trying to maintain a semblance of dignity amidst the madness of war.

  • 534 2/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    9L5 6/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Playing, He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš
    Touch Me Was bleibt
    Directed by: Eileen Byrne
    Germany / Luxembourg, 2018, 21min.

    Alice is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her boyfriend Moritz tries to be supportive, but he isn’t capable of fully understanding her state of mind (or at least that’s how it seems to Alice). The young woman tries to overcome her fears of an uncertain future, but she struggles to come to terms with her operation-scarred body. An intimate film about a sensitive but also highly important topic.

Midnight Screenings

  • 2C8 29/6 23:59 Čas Cinema
    336 30/6 22:00 Congress Hall
    728 4/7 23:59 Small Hall
    Alien Alien
    Directed by: Ridley Scott
    USA / United Kingdom, 1979, 117min.

    The crew of an interstellar cargo ship are on their way back to Earth when the onboard computer prematurely awakens them from hibernation. The passengers discover that the ship has intercepted a distant signal. After landing on a barren planet they find a wrecked spaceship, and on it a hatchery filled with strange eggs. The immortal sci-fi saga begins.

  • 328 30/6 23:59 Small Hall
    7C8 4/7 23:59 Čas Cinema
    The Fog The Fog
    Directed by: John Carpenter
    USA, 1980, 94min.

    The quiet seaside town of Antonio Bay is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but nobody knows that the town’s founders committed a heinous crime. Now, a hundred years later, a fog returns to town, bringing with it the ghosts of murdered sailors seeking revenge…

  • 228 29/6 23:59 Small Hall
    4C8 1/7 23:59 Čas Cinema
    628 3/7 23:59 Small Hall
    8C8 5/7 23:59 Čas Cinema
    The Lodge The Lodge
    Directed by: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
    USA / United Kingdom, 2019, 100min.

    Aidan and Mia don’t want their father to remarry. Grace, his bride-to-be, is a fragile young woman with an unhappy past who wants to get to know the children better, but they stubbornly refuse to acknowledge her existence. That is, until they are left alone with her at the family lodge far from civilization…

  • 6K7 3/7 22:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    826 5/7 21:00 Small Hall
    The Matrix The Matrix
    Directed by: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
    USA, 1999, 136min.

    Kung fu, hackers, a world beyond the looking glass, evil machines, and the woman in the red dress. After twenty years, The Matrix returns.

  • 3N5 30/6 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    528 2/7 23:59 Small Hall
    9C8 6/7 23:59 Čas Cinema
    Rambo: First Blood Rambo: First Blood
    Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
    USA, 1982, 93min.

    “It’s over, Johnny.” “Nothing is over! You just don't turn it off!” John Rambo returns home from Vietnam only to discover that civilian life is more complicated than life on the front. When a small-town sheriff arrests him for vagrancy, John decides to fight back in the only way he knows. Because for John, the war never ended. A newly restored version of the cult action film.

  • 128 28/6 23:59 Small Hall
    3C8 30/6 23:59 Čas Cinema
    5C8 2/7 23:59 Čas Cinema
    928 6/7 23:59 Small Hall
    You Might Be the Killer You Might Be the Killer
    Directed by: Brett Simons
    USA, 2018, 92min.

    During a busy shift at the comic book store, Chuck gets a call from her friend Sam, a camp counselor who tells her that somebody has just killed most of his campers. Chuck is an expert in horror stories, and together they set out on the trail of the mysterious killer. Or maybe he’s not so mysterious after all…

  • 1C8 28/6 23:59 Čas Cinema
    428 1/7 23:59 Small Hall
    6C8 3/7 23:59 Čas Cinema
    828 5/7 23:59 Small Hall
    7 Reasons to Run Away (From Society) 7 raons per fugir (de la societat)
    Directed by: Esteve Soler, Gerard Quinto, David Torras
    Spain, 2019, 75min.

    Seven darkly humorous stories, whose protagonists are downright detestable. Seven characteristics that make us unbearable. Seven reasons it’s best to avoid people altogether.

Czech Films 2018–2019

  • 3L5 30/6 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    555 2/7 17:00 Cinema B
    7H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    Another Chance Začít znovu
    Directed by: Eva Tomanová
    Czech Republic, 2019, 75min.

    Monika is pregnant by Mirek, a marriage con man who is serving time for cheating several women out of hundreds of thousands of crowns. A strong woman, Monika initially believes he can change, but over time she becomes increasingly afraid of him. Eva Tomanová’s empathetic documentary follows all the ups and downs of their unusual relationship.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day, Daughter
    Apart Spolu sami
    Directed by: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
    Czech Republic, 2018, 10min.

    Apart is an intimate, melancholic, and highly sensitive story of three people who lost a parent during their adolescence. This animated documentary takes a fresh approach to rotoscoping, in which live-action footage of real people is painted over to create an animated format. The movie’s structure is thus organically transformed into everything from abstract images to realistic scenes.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Woman's Day, Daughter
    Bloody Fairy Tales Krvavé pohádky
    Directed by: Tereza Kovandová
    Czech Republic, 2018, 8min.

    With her humorous short film, Tereza Kovandová succeeds in transforming fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, and Cinderella into a morbid homage to the films of both Lotte Reininger and Quentin Tarantino. Her provocative cutout animation uses shadow play to create spontaneous outbursts of blood-red violence against a black-and-white background – all without ever crossing the bounds of good taste.

  • 723 4/7 15:30 Small Hall
    The Cage Klec
    Directed by: Jiří Strach
    Czech Republic, 2019, 87min.

    She’s a lonely, trusting pensioner who’s worried that no-one needs her anymore. He’s an indebted young man with a secret. Jiřina Bohdalová and Kryštof Hádek star in this unpredictable psychological thriller as two people who end up imprisoned in a ground-floor flat. But perhaps that’s not such a bad thing after all.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day
    Daughter Dcera
    Directed by: Daria Kashcheeva
    Czech Republic, 2019, 15min.

    Daria Kashcheeva’s puppet film depicts the relationship between a father and daughter as they overcome a mutual lack of understanding to find their way back to each other. The movie’s emotional tension and unsettling atmosphere are heightened by unusually dynamic camerawork and by closeups of the puppets’ faces, whose expressions make an exceptionally life-like impression.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day, Daughter
    The Fishermen Rybáři
    Directed by: Bára Anna Stejskalová
    Czech Republic, 2016, 10min.

    This puppet movie – about a lonely fisherman in the Arctic who one day is forced to face the “skeletons in his closet” – relates a tale of losing one’s identity in today’s overly technologized world. The picture’s uneasy atmosphere is further amplified by its evocative use of sound and the raw manipulation of natural and artificial materials.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Apart, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day, Daughter
    Fruits of Clouds Plody mraků
    Directed by: Kateřina Karhánková
    Czech Republic, 2017, 10min.

    Kateřina Karhánková’s highly endearing graduate film tells the tale of a furry little forest-dweller who, in an attempt at acquiring a delicious orange fruit, manages to overcome his fear of the unknown. Fruits of Clouds is characterized by a subtle sense of humor and captivating visual style, created by artist Alžběta Skálová, that will enchant even adult viewers.

  • 152 28/6 11:30 Cinema B
    3H2 30/6 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    7L5 4/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Golden Sting Zlatý podraz
    Directed by: Radim Špaček
    Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 107min.

    What is the price of victory? Director Radim Špaček’s epic sports drama looks at the turbulent history of Czechoslovak basketball. The eager players give their all on the court, but they must also face a similarly ruthless fight in real life. Amid the social turmoil caused by various dictatorships’ rise to power, fair play gets thrown out the window.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day, Daughter
    Happy End Happy End
    Directed by: Jan Saska
    Czech Republic, 2015, 6min.

    This animated death comedy is a morbid yet entertaining overview of stereotypical Czech characters who are brought together by chance. Told in reverse chronological order, the story has a surprising climax and is given a pleasant sense of rhythm thanks to its lively soundtrack, which alternates brass band music with techno, local hard rock, and the popular hit “Zubatá” (the Grim Reaper) by the Czech New Wave group Pražský výběr.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day, Daughter
    Hide N Seek Schovka
    Directed by: Barbora Halířová
    Czech Republic, 2019, 7min.

    Through the imagination of its young characters, Barbora Halířová’s humorous graduation film uses a game of hide-and-seek to pull the viewer into the surreal world of the human subconscious. Thanks to its attention to detail, the young director’s Hide N Seek becomes a thrilling game that forces us to perceive every second of passing time.

  • 233 29/6 13:00 Congress Hall
    5H4 2/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    753 4/7 14:00 Cinema B
    Jan Palach Jan Palach
    Directed by: Robert Sedláček
    Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 115min.

    He never told anyone of his plan and needed no one’s approval. Director Robert Sedláček’s ambitious drama untangles the mystery of student martyr Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on January 16, 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

  • 4C5 1/7 21:00 Čas Cinema
    5L5 2/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    756 4/7 20:00 Cinema B
    Karel, Me and You Karel, já a ty
    Directed by: Bohdan Karásek
    Czech Republic, 2018, 111min.

    Saša leaves her husband and finds refuge with Dušan. They are both trying to work out their relationships and provide support for each other as they falter in their uncertainty. In his feature film debut Bohdan Karásek shows a preference for natural, subtly humorous dialogue and demonstrates that the limitations of independent filmmaking can, in fact, be turned to one’s advantage.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, Hide N Seek, Bloody Fairy Tales, Woman's Day, Daughter
    The Kite Pouštět draka
    Directed by: Martin Smatana
    Czech Republic / Slovak Republic / Poland, 2019, 13min.

    A touching tale of a boy and his grandfather as they spend the day flying a kite. The film animates the layers of textile that make up the characters in order to depict the process of aging and the gradual physical and mental distancing from life. The stop-motion animation of the soft fabric objects lends the film its charm.

  • 2L5 29/6 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    657 3/7 22:30 Cinema B
    9H5 6/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    Miss Hanoi Miss Hanoi
    Directed by: Zdeněk Viktora
    Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 90min.

    In this captivating crime drama, a mysterious death in the border town of Varnsdorf brings together a cynical detective and a young idealistic police officer. Their investigation leads them to the local Vietnamese community, which is bound by rigid rules and complicated relationships.

  • 2L4 29/6 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    453 1/7 14:00 Cinema B
    7H4 4/7 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    Off Sides Letní hokej
    Directed by: Tomáš Bojar, Rozálie Kohoutová
    Czech Republic, 2019, 75min.

    A group of young hockey players from the east Bohemian town of Náchod travel to Morocco, where a local team has taken up ice hockey. Documentary filmmakers Rozálie Kohoutová and Tomáš Bojar return to the world of sports to capture a vibrant dialogue between different cultures seeking a common language, on and off the ice.

  • 2H1 29/6 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    624 3/7 18:30 Small Hall
    857 5/7 22:30 Cinema B
    On the Roof Na střeše
    Directed by: Jiří Mádl
    Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2019, 100min.

    A grumpy old man happens upon a young Vietnamese lad on the roof of his Prague apartment block and offers him a temporary home in his flat. The two very different individuals initially find it difficult to get along; however, they gradually discover that they need one another. Actor Jiří Mádl demonstrates his talent as a director in this small-scale piece interwoven with gentle humour.

  • 251 29/6 09:00 Cinema B
    622 3/7 12:30 Small Hall
    8H3 5/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    This film will be screened with films: Happy End, The Fishermen, Fruits of Clouds, Apart, Hide N Seek, The Kite, Bloody Fairy Tales, Daughter
    Woman's Day Den žen
    Directed by: Evgeny Terpugov
    Czech Republic, 2018, 6min.

    In the space of just five minutes, Evgeny Terpugov creates an introspective study of womanhood and the process of rediscovering oneself. The poetically animated movie takes place in a sauna – or, more specifically, a typical Russian banya. A woman tortured by a relationship and perhaps even by her own life is prepared to leave both behind. The banya becomes a place of salvation, contemplation, physical and spiritual regeneration, and, eventually, liberation.

Tribute to Youssef Chahine

  • 2N1 29/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    353 30/6 14:00 Cinema B
    634 3/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    9L4 6/7 16:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Alexandria... Why? Eskanderija... lih?
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1978, 125min.

    Winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, this is one of Chahine’s most popular movies abroad: a grand autobiographical ode to pre-WW2 cosmopolitan Alexandria centering on a young actor (standing in for Chahine) who dreams of studying acting in the United States. Whimsical, multi-layered and utterly invigorating, this loving, crowd-pleasing panorama of Chahine’s birthplace meticulously reconstructs an Alexandria known by few outside Egypt.

  • 2D2 29/6 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    553 2/7 14:00 Cinema B
    734 4/7 16:00 Congress Hall
    9L1 6/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    The Blazing Sun Siraa fil wadi
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1954, 116min.

    A melodrama about a young agricultural engineer who falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy landowner. Chahine’s first socially-conscious work, one that openly discussed the growing rift between the decaying aristocracy and the rising working class. It also features the screen debut of Egyptian film icon Omar Sharif.

  • 313 30/6 11:30 Grand Hall
    4N3 1/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    6D6 3/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    9D3 6/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Cairo Station Bab el-Hadid
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1958, 73min.

    Chahine’s masterpiece, and possibly the most influential, best-known of all Arab movies. A psychological drama about a man with disabilities who grows fixated on a sexually liberated soda seller at the central Cairo train station, Chahine’s Berlinale competition nominee was one of only two films where he directed himself in the leading role. The naturalistic dialogue, real settings and focus on the marginalized class have propelled various critics to liken it to Italian neorealism.

  • 122 28/6 12:30 Small Hall
    4L1 1/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    736 4/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    Daddy Amin Baba Amin
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1950, 110min.

    Chahine’s directorial debut feature is a prime example of the Egyptian studio films of the time: a fantastical comedy about the head of a family who passes on but returns to observe the transformation of his wife and daughter in the wake of his death. An atypical debut by a skillful craftsman attempting to strike a balance between his American film education and Egyptian film traditions.

  • 1L5 28/6 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    253 29/6 14:00 Cinema B
    4L6 1/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    835 5/7 19:00 Congress Hall
    Dawn of a New Day Fagr yom gedid
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt / USSR, 1964, 128min.

    A Douglas Sirk-like melodrama centering on a middle-class woman in her forties who falls for a working-class college student. Both a heartfelt romance and a piercing piece of social realism, Chahine’s oft-neglected gem also ranks among the most revealing visual documents of 1960s Egypt.

  • 1D4 28/6 16:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    256 29/6 20:00 Cinema B
    4H5 1/7 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    7C1 4/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    The Devil of the Desert Shaytan al-sahraa
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1954, 89min.

    A sword-and-sandal adventure set in an ancient tribal society about a Zorro-like figure who decides to rebel against the tyrannical ruler of his village. Chahine’s first actioner, featuring another early performance by a young Omar Sharif.

  • 1N4 28/6 19:00 Národní dům Cinema
    433 1/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    8L2 5/7 13:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Farewell My Love Wadda't hubbak
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1957, 100min.

    In his second musical, Chahine directs another hybrid production set against the backdrop of a terminally ill marine sergeant who falls in love with his nurse. This largely forgotten musical melodrama is another demonstration of Chahine’s versatility and his disregard for genre rules.

  • 1D6 28/6 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    455 1/7 17:00 Cinema B
    724 4/7 18:30 Small Hall
    My One and Only Love Enta habibi
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1957, 110min.

    One of the funniest and most beloved of all Egyptian film musicals, this is Chahine at his lightest and most entertaining. A satire of sorts about a man and woman forced into a marriage of convenience who gradually fall in love with each other. My One and Only Love is the work of a supreme entertainer, a key characteristic of Chahine’s filmmaking persona most scholars and critics have overlooked.

  • 1C4 28/6 18:30 Čas Cinema
    2L6 29/6 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    536 2/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    8N3 5/7 16:00 Národní dům Cinema
    The Return of the Prodigal Son Awdat al-ibn al dal
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt / Algeria, 1976, 124min.

    Chahine’s most allegorical film, featuring the bloodiest of all his endings. This bold family saga, Chahine’s first great political picture, concerns a family waiting for the return of the long-absent younger brother to save them from the tyranny of their elder sibling. It is also a work of great physicality that shows the human body in an imposing fashion previously unseen and unexplored in Egyptian cinema.

  • 235 29/6 19:00 Congress Hall
    5D1 2/7 09:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    831 5/7 08:30 Congress Hall
    Saladin Al-Naser Salah al-Din
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt, 1963, 186min.

    The Braveheart of its time, this is a fictional retelling of the Crusades that doubles as an allegory for Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Chahine’s only movie with a fusha (old Arabic) dialogue, this would become Chahine’s biggest, most elaborate action film; a rousing historical epic that remains unsurpassed in both its scope and ambitiously mad vision.

  • 327 30/6 21:30 Small Hall
    6D2 3/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7L6 4/7 22:30 Lazne III Cinema
    936 6/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    The Sixth Day Al-yom al-sadis
    Directed by: Youssef Chahine
    Egypt / France, 1986, 103min.

    A film about a young grandmother attempting to save her ailing grandson during the cholera outbreak of the late 1940s. Featuring the last screen performance of mega French pop star Dalida, The Sixth Day is one of Chahine’s most elusive, most philosophical treatises. It combines realism, melodrama, musical elements and fantasy.

Liberated

  • 324 30/6 18:30 Small Hall
    521 2/7 09:30 Small Hall
    The Flames of Royal Love V žáru královské lásky
    Directed by: Jan Němec
    Czechoslovakia, 1990, 87min.

    A wild and provocative postmodern phantasmagory about love beyond the grave in a tale of romance between a decadent prince and the daughter of a disgraced officer. Made by the legendary Jan Němec after his return from exile, the film surprised many when it came out, and it continues to provoke audiences with its playful impudence and, by the standards of the day, its incomprehensibility.

  • 815 5/7 17:00 Grand Hall
    923 6/7 15:30 Small Hall
    The Inheritance Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntág
    Directed by: Věra Chytilová
    Czechoslovakia, 1992, 118min.

    Filled with quotable scenes and biting vulgarities, The Inheritance is not just a comedy; it is above all a visionary morality tale of how money changes people and society. The best work of Věra Chytilová’s post-1989 career was remarkably ahead of its time: this tale of lowly, nouveau riche Bohuš (Boleslav Polívka) predicted much of the parasitic behaviour that cropped up after the fall of communism.

  • 7D3 4/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    921 6/7 09:30 Small Hall
    It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill Lepšie byť bohatý a zdravý ako chudobný a chorý
    Directed by: Juraj Jakubisko
    Czechoslovakia, 1992, 108min.

    With this dark comedy about two women stumbling along toward their dreams, Juraj Jakubisko concluded his loose trilogy about freedom and fortune while further exploring the subject of morality. Starring Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová as the Slovak Nona, and Dagmar Havlová as the Moravian Ester.

  • 522 2/7 12:30 Small Hall
    721 4/7 09:30 Small Hall
    Let's All Sing Around Pějme píseň dohola
    Directed by: Ondřej Trojan
    Czechoslovakia, 1990, 108min.

    Ondřej Trojan’s feature debut focuses on a young counsellor at a pioneer camp who is trying to gain the attention of a beautiful nurse named Vendy in order to get his first sexual encounter under his belt. This scathing tragicomedy, which works with the absurd humour and poetic style of Prague’s renowned Sklep theatre company, is a madcap collection of various camp clichés and awkward protagonists.

  • 426 1/7 21:00 Small Hall
    621 3/7 09:30 Small Hall
    Requiem for a Maiden Requiem pro panenku
    Directed by: Filip Renč
    Czechoslovakia, 1991, 94min.

    Fourteen-year-old Marika finds herself in an institute for mentally ill girls, where the nurses’ cruel treatment of her slowly fuels a rage that leads to tragedy. Inspired by a true story, this psychological thriller became a symbol for the local genre dynamism of the 1990s. Anna Geislerová shines in the starring role.

  • 617 3/7 22:30 Grand Hall
    821 5/7 09:30 Small Hall
    Smoke Kouř
    Directed by: Tomáš Vorel
    Czechoslovakia, 1990, 89min.

    When young engineer Mirek arrives at a factory in order to work on a project to reduce emissions, he is confronted by a rigid order and incompetent bosses… Dubbed a “rhythmical of the totalitarian age,” the original story plays out amidst the sulphur-laden air of Ostrava’s steel mills. The film’s creators peppered their tale with a distinctive sense of humour, troupe recitations, and a catchy saxophone leitmotif.

  • 224 29/6 18:30 Small Hall
    421 1/7 09:30 Small Hall
    Time of the Servants Čas sluhů
    Directed by: Irena Pavlásková
    Czechoslovakia, 1989, 116min.

    Timid Dana is dumped by her lover. In an attempt to make him jealous, she talks her best friend into lending Dana her boyfriend. Thus begins Dana’s transformation from hapless outsider into a manipulative femme fatale capable of anything. Winner of the Caméra d’Or Special Distinction at the 1990 Cannes fest, Time of the Servants presents an image of society just before the fall of communism that the local regime wanted banned from the big screen.

People Next Door

  • 1H4 28/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    3N2 30/6 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    6L1 3/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Carte Blanche Carte Blanche
    Directed by: Jacek Lusiński
    Poland, 2015, 106min.

    Popular secondary school teacher Kacper starts having problems with his vision and the medical prognosis is grim: soon he won’t be able to see at all. But Kacper refuses to surrender to his affliction; he is determined to prepare his class for their school-leaving exams, even if it means concealing his progressive disease from everyone around him. A drama based on a true story starring the outstanding Andrzej Chyra.

  • 1P5 28/6 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    3H1 30/6 10:30 Husovka Theatre
    816 5/7 20:00 Grand Hall
    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
    Directed by: Gus Van Sant
    USA, 2017, 114min.

    John is never one to turn down a party invitation. After a particularly successful bash, however, he wakes up in hospital with paralysis in his arms and legs. All he can do now is gather together every vestige of humour he has inside him, even the blackest kind, in order to come to terms with his new life in a wheelchair. The life story of caricaturist John Callahan, masterfully directed by Gus Van Sant.

  • 151 28/6 09:00 Cinema B
    2H4 29/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    456 1/7 20:00 Cinema B
    8L1 5/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Marie's Story Marie Heurtin
    Directed by: Jean-Pierre Améris
    France, 2014, 95min.

    In the late 19th century the Larnay Institute in France takes in a deaf-blind girl called Marie whom the convent’s Catholic sisters soon brand as a “wild animal”. She doesn’t speak, she won’t walk anywhere and she is unable to integrate into her new community. Sister Marguerite, however, is not about to give up. With remarkable patience she teaches Marie tactile signing and, later on, sign language. A moving story which, to this day, even specialist journals consider a miracle.

  • 1C1 28/6 10:00 Čas Cinema
    252 29/6 11:30 Cinema B
    4K2 1/7 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    932 6/7 10:30 Congress Hall
    Mimi & Lisa: Christmas Light Mystery Mimi & Líza: Záhada vánočního světla
    Directed by: Katarína Kerekesová, Ivana Šebestová
    Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2018, 65min.

    The world’s full of best friends like Mimi and Lisa. But there’s one small thing that sets them apart. Mimi’s eyes are always shut, but it’s not because she’s asleep. Mimi cannot see. This delightfully playful animated film for both children and adults looks at a wonderful world where you can read with your fingers, and that’s not even the half of it.

  • 1P3 28/6 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    2H5 29/6 22:30 Husovka Theatre
    4N5 1/7 22:00 Národní dům Cinema
    6N2 3/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema
    Rolling To You Tout le monde debout
    Directed by: Franck Dubosc
    France / Belgium, 2018, 107min.

    Jocelyn is a ladies’ man and lying comes pretty easily to him. Particularly when it helps win over the woman of the moment. One day he sits down absent-mindedly in an empty wheelchair, and when an attractive nurse happens to come by, it seems the most natural thing in the world to pretend that this is right where he belongs. A comedy about the preconceptions we should have discarded long ago and about a world in which pathological lying is a greater handicap than being confined to a wheelchair.

  • 223 29/6 15:30 Small Hall
    5L1 2/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    Wonderstruck Wonderstruck
    Directed by: Todd Haynes
    USA, 2017, 117min.

    New Jersey, 1927. Hearing-impaired Rose runs away from home to meet her idol in New York. Fifty years later, Ben becomes deaf as the result of a freak accident. His quest to find the father he never knew takes him to the same city. The two children will perhaps never meet in person but their destinies draw them to the same locations. But in different eras. A touching, dreamlike film about family bonds and other mysteries.

Out of the Past

  • 5D3 2/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7L1 4/7 10:30 Lazne III Cinema
    8D5 5/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The Barnabáš Kos Case Prípad Barnabáš Kos
    Directed by: Peter Solan
    Czechoslovakia, 1964, 92min.

    “Zeal, discipline and modesty” – these are the qualities that the bureaucratic machine takes into account when it decides to promote a triangle player to the position of orchestral director. Except, in the present case, “modesty” is equivalent to indifference and malleability. In this satire of the absurdities of life under socialism, Josef Kemr’s understated performance makes for a highly convincing characterisation of the anti-hero.

  • 4D3 1/7 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    Be Prepared! Buď připraven!
    Directed by: Svatopluk Innemann
    Czechoslovakia, 1923, 60min.

    Svatopluk Innemann’s film Be Prepared! from 1923 portrays the early Czech boy scout movement through a simple story which takes us to a myriad period locations, such as Orlík castle and St John’s Rapids, the latter of which no longer exists. The screening of the 35 mm print, now restored and coloured to reflect the original tinting, will be accompanied live by the Wabi Experience duo.

  • 214 29/6 14:00 Grand Hall
    3N1 30/6 10:00 Národní dům Cinema
    6P3 3/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    The Cremator Spalovač mrtvol
    Directed by: Juraj Herz
    Czechoslovakia, 1968, 96min.

    Rudolf Hrušínský excels in the role of Mr Kopfrkingl, who “loves all things beautiful” and kills in the conviction that he is doing good. His superb performance is enhanced by the director’s repeated use of a compelling stylistic device whereby he changes scenes and locations through medium shots and close-ups of the protagonist’s face. The resulting unnerving impression is that this character is as pervasive as the underlying evil he embodies.

    World premiere of the digitally restored version.

  • 4D2 1/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    611 3/7 09:00 Grand Hall
    Detour Detour
    Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
    USA, 1945, 67min.

    A failed jazz pianist sets out to visit his fiancée in Hollywood. But the country he drives through is dark and rainy, and the jukebox is always playing the wrong song. A noir tale about the unluckiest man ever to grace the silver screen.

    Restored in 2018 by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, the Museum of Modern Art, and Cinémathèque Française. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

  • 614 3/7 14:00 Grand Hall
    7K6 4/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    922 6/7 12:30 Small Hall
    Husbands Husbands
    Directed by: John Cassavetes
    USA, 1970, 131min.

    Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk and John Cassavetes as Harry, Archie and Gus: New York buddies we meet at the funeral of a prematurely deceased friend. Suddenly conscious of their own mortality, the offbeat trio decide to take off on two days of wild carousing in an attempt to escape the stupefying prosperity of middle-class life. A newly restored version of an exceptional piece from the “godfather of independent film.”

  • 136 28/6 22:00 Congress Hall
    257 29/6 22:30 Cinema B
    727 4/7 21:30 Small Hall
    8C4 5/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
    Memory - The Origins of Alien Memory - The Origins of Alien
    Directed by: Alexandre O. Philippe
    USA, 2019, 93min.

    H. P. Lovecraft, ancient mythology, comics, and the latest findings from the world of parasitology. This documentary on the making of the ground-breaking Alien takes a look at the initial inspirations for the film, the complicated process of its creation, and its enduring influence on the genres of sci-fi and horror.

  • 2D3 29/6 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    526 2/7 21:00 Small Hall
    6C6 3/7 21:30 Čas Cinema
    833 5/7 13:00 Congress Hall
    The Other Side of the Wind The Other Side of the Wind
    Directed by: Orson Welles
    USA / France / Iran, 2018, 122min.

    After years spent in Europe, Jake Hannaford returns to Hollywood in order to resurrect his directing career in style. Surrounded by friends and enemies, he holds an unforgettable party – one that Orson Welles uses to take on Hollywood, European film, and his own legacy.

  • 4P3 1/7 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    Paths of Glory Paths of Glory
    Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
    USA, 1957, 88min.

    The abomination that is war as experienced by ordinary soldiers is quite at odds with the notion of battle entertained by cynical generals, for whom military “business” is merely a game of gestures. Based on the eponymous anti-war novel, the picture stands out for its opulent visuals, moments of caustic irony, and an excellent performance by Kirk Douglas.

  • 1K4 28/6 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    9C1 6/7 10:00 Čas Cinema
    Satantango Sátántangó
    Directed by: Béla Tarr
    Hungary / Switzerland / Germany, 1994, 450min.

    With a running time of seven and a half hours, this magnum opus by the Hungarian legend of spiritual cinema Béla Tarr depicts the autumn return of a false prophet to an impoverished village in the Hungarian puszta. Twenty-five years since its premiere, this masterful work of modern cinema will be screened in a restored and digitalized 4K version.

  • 134 28/6 16:00 Congress Hall
    355 30/6 17:00 Cinema B
    836 5/7 22:00 Congress Hall
    What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
    Directed by: Rob Garver
    USA, 2018, 96min.

    A tribute to a film critic who held herself to the same high standard as the movies she wrote about. Drawing on interviews with her contemporaries and excerpts of her writing, What She Said paints a portrait of an exceptional individual, set against a montage of lively and creative scenes from groundbreaking works of cinema.

  • 1D2 28/6 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    3C1 30/6 10:00 Čas Cinema
    855 5/7 17:00 Cinema B
    9D2 6/7 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    The White Caravan Tetri karavani
    Directed by: Eldar Shengelaya, Tamaz Meliava
    Georgia, 1963, 93min.

    For generations, shepherds from villages high up in the mountains have been travelling with their vast sheep herds, moving them to distant pastures where they spend the long winter. Each of the villagers has a story to tell, intimated through flawless concision, while the film’s effortlessly fluid epic narrative is interwoven with lyrical passages, together creating a timeless cinematic poem about the primary values in life.

Prague Short Film Festival Presents

  • 1H3 28/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    352 30/6 11:30 Cinema B
    6L5 3/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: A Stone Slowly Falls, Reconstruction, Sugar and Salt, Tremors
    Make Aliens Dance Make Aliens Dance
    Directed by: Sebastien Petretti
    Belgium / United Kingdom, 2018, 25min.

    Mike is a music producer going through a rough time in his life. Dan is a sound engineer who is tired of his job. Their autistic brother Murphy has his headphones basically glued to his ears. And their mother Lilli is acting far from normal. What’s brought on this situation? The answer can be found on tapes safely stored in their small recording studio. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2019 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • 1H3 28/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    352 30/6 11:30 Cinema B
    6L5 3/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: A Stone Slowly Falls, Sugar and Salt, Tremors, Make Aliens Dance
    Reconstruction Rekonstrukce
    Directed by: Ondřej Novák, Jiří Havlíček
    Czech Republic, 2018, 16min.

    Seventeen-year-old Olda is awaiting trial at a juvenile detention center. The monotony of life behind bars gradually mingles with memories of a police reconstruction. It took just one summer night for boredom to turn into a cruel game that resulted in death. Special Jury Mention in the National Competition at the 2019 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • 1H3 28/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    352 30/6 11:30 Cinema B
    6L5 3/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: Reconstruction, Sugar and Salt, Tremors, Make Aliens Dance
    A Stone Slowly Falls En sten faller langsomt ned
    Directed by: Kerren Lumer-Klabbers
    Norway, 2018, 15min.

    When an annual meteor shower fails to appear for no apparent reason, Tor concludes that everything is meaningless. But as he tries to live with this newfound knowledge, it looks as if his curiosity might become a problem. A Stone Slowly Falls, whose unexpectedly playful narrative presents an unconventional view of depression and offers insight into the human psyche, earned two Special Jury Mentions for the director and the lead actor in the International Competition at the 2019 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • 1H3 28/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    352 30/6 11:30 Cinema B
    6L5 3/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: A Stone Slowly Falls, Reconstruction, Tremors, Make Aliens Dance
    Sugar and Salt Cukr a sůl
    Directed by: Adam Martinec
    Czech Republic, 2018, 19min.

    It awaits each of us one day. Death – the final destination where nobody wants to end up. But over the course of our lives we must all eventually come to terms with it. Voted Best Film in the National Competition at the 2019 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • 1H3 28/6 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    352 30/6 11:30 Cinema B
    6L5 3/7 19:30 Lazne III Cinema
    This film will be screened with films: A Stone Slowly Falls, Reconstruction, Sugar and Salt, Make Aliens Dance
    Tremors Drżenia
    Directed by: Dawid Bodzak
    Poland, 2018, 21min.

    Imagine that you’re in the forest. It’s dark, quiet, empty. You don’t know why you’re there. You suddenly hear a howl. You’re afraid. You want to be anyplace else. You see a wolf, then another, and another. They come closer and closer and surround you. What do you do now? Winner of the Grand Prix in the International Competition at the 2019 Prague Short Film Festival.

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