Films ordered by section
216 29/6 20:00 Grand Hall 3P2 30/6 13:00 Pupp Cinema 5K2 2/7 11:30 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Jonás Trueba
Spain, 2019, 129min.
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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
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 TheatreDirected 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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
2D5 29/6 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 3L4 30/6 16:30 Lazne III Cinema 5H2 2/7 13:30 Husovka TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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.
125 28/6 20:30 Small Hall 4P5 1/7 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected by: Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
Czech Republic / France, 2019, 81min.
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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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.
2D6 29/6 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Bart Freundlich
USA, 1997, 93min.
Although they look like an ideal American family, it has been a long time since they last met at the same table. When four adult children visit their parents at their home in New England for the first time in years, you can be sure it will be no ordinary Thanksgiving.
317 30/6 22:30 Grand Hall 8N5 5/7 22:00 Národní dům CinemaDirected by: Ron Howard
United Kingdom / USA, 2019, 114min.
In another acclaimed music documentary, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard takes a look at the fascinating life of the legendary Italian tenor. Howard presents the personal realm and more than fifty-year career of the “King of the High Cs,” Luciano Pavarotti, through rare archive footage and interviews with friends and family. The director also looks at the singer’s role in popularizing opera, and includes controversial moments from his private life.
417 1/7 22:30 Grand Hall 8P4 5/7 19:00 Pupp CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
7C3 4/7 15:30 Čas Cinema 8K5 5/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 953 6/7 14:00 Cinema BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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.
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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 BDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 817 5/7 22:30 Grand Hall 9D5 6/7 18:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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.
2C3 29/6 15:30 Čas Cinema 3K5 30/6 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema 551 2/7 09:00 Cinema BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 557 2/7 22:30 Cinema B 7D6 4/7 21:30 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 9K6 6/7 20:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 BDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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.
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 CinemaDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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 BDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 UnwalledDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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, MeteoriteDirected 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.
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 SistersDirected 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: PreciousDirected 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 MeDirected 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 ReverieDirected 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 ParadiseDirected 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: KidDirected 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 MeDirected 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 MeDirected 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 SistersDirected 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 BērziņšDirected 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.
2C8 29/6 23:59 Čas Cinema 336 30/6 22:00 Congress Hall 728 4/7 23:59 Small HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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.
3L5 30/6 19:30 Lazne III Cinema 555 2/7 17:00 Cinema B 7H3 4/7 16:30 Husovka TheatreDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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 HallDirected 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 DayDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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 BDirected 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 BDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 BDirected 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, DaughterDirected 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.
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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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.
324 30/6 18:30 Small Hall 521 2/7 09:30 Small HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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.
1H4 28/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre 3N2 30/6 13:00 Národní dům Cinema 6L1 3/7 10:30 Lazne III CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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.
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 TheatreDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 CinemaDirected 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 HallDirected 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 TheatreDirected 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.
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, TremorsDirected 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 DanceDirected 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 DanceDirected 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 DanceDirected 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 DanceDirected 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.