Films ordered by section
Crystal Globe Competition
416 23/8 17:00 Grand Hall 5P1 24/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema 6L3 25/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 7K1 26/8 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Stefan Arsenijević
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021, 92 min
Strahinja and his wife Ababuo left Ghana with a dream of a better life in Europe. Instead of reaching the western part of the continent, they were deported back to Serbia. Strahinja has started to build himself a career, while Ababuo is unable to fulfil her ambitions and she feels increasingly frustrated. When she disappears one day, Strahinja sets out to find her… A crystal clear, humanistic story about the need to find one’s place in the world. It’s also a tale of love, the most profound testimony of which might also be the most painful.
517 24/8 20:00 Grand Hall 6P2 25/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema 7L4 26/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 8K2 27/8 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Miro Remo
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 85 min
Fifty-something former miner Jaroslav has always dreamt of a career as a race car driver. In a congenial and jovial manner, he represents not only the charms and struggles (especially economic) of southeastern Moravia, but also the ever more visible chasm between city and countryside. An uncommonly charismatic portrait of a man struggling with the traumas of the past who, with disarming directness, clings to the promise of good luck and a dignified life alongside a new partner.
317 22/8 20:00 Grand Hall 4P2 23/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema 5L4 24/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 6K2 25/8 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, 2021, 92 min
An ageing proprietor of a technology company (Miroslav Donutil) has dedicated his whole life to his work, so it comes as a big blow when things suddenly start to fall apart at the seams. Olmo Omerzu’s new film relies on persuasive character acting and his special brand of gentle irony to demonstrate that, in order to preserve our dignity, we occasionally need to lose face in the eyes of others.
417 23/8 20:00 Grand Hall 5P2 24/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema 6L4 25/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 7K2 26/8 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Philip Barantini
United Kingdom, 2020, 94 min
The shift has hardly begun for head chef Andy and he’s already behind with everything. His restaurant is overbooked, there’s a disgruntled inspector combing the kitchen and, if that weren’t enough, a culinary icon and a respected food critic have turned up for dinner. Via a single, continuous shot, we are launched into what proves to be a very hectic evening… The superb Stephen Graham takes the lead role in a British film about anyone who’s ever been stressed out at work and got themselves into a stew.
216 21/8 17:00 Grand Hall 3P1 22/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema 4L3 23/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 5K1 24/8 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Erika Hníková
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 80 min
The Hanuliaks, a couple from Slovakia, have decided to bring up their son according to Kamevéda, a complex approach to developing the child’s motor abilities and intellect. Unique in its depth of focus, this reflection on child-rearing documents a year in the life of four-year-old Miško, where not a minute is wasted since there is no room for boredom and moments of rest are merely preparation for the next achievement.
617 25/8 20:00 Grand Hall 7P2 26/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema 8L4 27/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 9K2 28/8 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Shawkat Amin Korki
Germany, Iraqi Kurdistan, Qatar, 2021, 89 min
If Rojin doesn’t pass the university entrance exam, she will have to go through with an arranged marriage. If she does get in, she will be free. This is the pronouncement of her father, the head of the family. Rojin’s older sister Shilan tries to help her as best she can, yet every well-meant action draws the young woman deeper into a web of deceit and lies. An absorbing drama and daring probe into the theme of a woman’s right to her own life.
716 26/8 17:00 Grand Hall 8P2 27/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema 9L2 28/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema 9K4 28/8 18:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Claudio Cupellini
Italy, 2021, 118 min
Civilisation is coming to an end. The death of his only relative gives a feral boy the pretext to journey beyond the confines of his home environment; only by doing this will he be able to decipher his father's journal, the most valuable artefact in his legacy. This singular contribution to the post-apocalyptic sci-fi genre tells of a humanity in crisis, while at the same time conveying the adventurous spirit of adolescence.
516 24/8 17:00 Grand Hall 6P1 25/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema 7L3 26/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 8K1 27/8 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Dietrich Brüggemann
Germany, 2021, 119 min
Isn’t the trajectory of a shared life determined in advance? Get married, have kids, be like everyone else… According to Dietrich Brüggemann, who competed in Vary six years ago, 30-somethings conceivably have it all, yet they fail in their attempts to achieve their set ideals. Nö delivers a critique of contemporary values, while also highlighting the struggle to find and nurture love.
217 21/8 20:00 Grand Hall 3P2 22/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema 4L4 23/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema 5K2 24/8 12:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Lisa Bierwirth
Germany, 2021, 125 min
Perhaps they should never have met, but fate wanted otherwise. Monika and Joseph. She is a curator, he is an immigrant from Congo, a businessman with an unclear past and present. They meet during a police raid at a bar, when the first of many sparks flies between them. An understated love story, a melodrama without pathos, a fragile tale about the ambiguous nature of love and the impossibility of overcoming it through reason.
717 26/8 20:00 Grand Hall 8P1 27/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema 9L1 28/8 10:00 Lazne III Cinema 9K3 28/8 15:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Václav Kadrnka
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France, 2021, 90 min
After a serious stroke, the Father goes into a coma. The Mother (Zuzana Mauréry) and the Son (Vojtěch Dyk) are suddenly confronted with a motionless body; the doctors do not give them much hope. Four years on from Karlovy Vary’s graceful ride Little Crusader, Václav Kadrnka invites us on a spiritual journey to places man is seldom permitted to enter since, here, life huddles up tightly to death and only the resurrected can return.
316 22/8 17:00 Grand Hall 4P1 23/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema 5L3 24/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 6K1 25/8 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Sonja Tarokić
Croatia, 2021, 126 min
Anamarija starts her job as a counsellor at a new school. Together with her, the viewers begin to appreciate what kind of people the staffroom teachers are, they witness the petty conflicts and also uncover the power games that go on behind the scenes. This self-assured debut from Sonja Tarokić about the individual's struggle within the system and the sheer effort required to preserve one’s integrity also presents a complex study of an institution whose employees have taken on one of the most responsible roles an adult can have – to educate future generations.
616 25/8 17:00 Grand Hall 7P1 26/8 10:00 Pupp Cinema 8L3 27/8 16:00 Lazne III Cinema 9K1 28/8 09:00 Drahomíra CinemaDirected by: Nicolas Roy
Canada, 2021, 84 min
When Emma turns twenty, she decides to join the army. Not only does she want to follow in her father’s footsteps, but she also yearns to rid herself of an oppressive sense of existential emptiness. Although the army’s harsh discipline helps her break free, she slowly discovers that she cannot suppress all her emotions in this male society.