Films ordered by section
513 24/8 11:00 Grand Hall 623 25/8 12:00 Small Hall 734 26/8 16:00 Congress Hall 852 27/8 11:30 Cinema BDirected by: Levan Koguashvili
Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, USA, Monaco, 2021, 95 min
When former wrestling champion Kakhi learns that his son Soso has gotten himself into difficulties, he travels from Georgia to New York to help him… Profoundly melancholic, infused with tragicomic moments, and characterized by a sense of understanding for its protagonists, Koguashvili’s film captures the bond between a father and his adult son, an ancient bond in which the older man will always feel the need to protect his blood, no matter what the circumstances.
324 22/8 15:00 Small Hall 434 23/8 16:00 Congress Hall 753 26/8 14:00 Cinema B 954 28/8 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: David Sís
Czech Republic, USA, France, 2021, 96 min
“Do you know what I’ve always wanted to find out, brother? Where do you get your ideas for your drawings?” director David Sís asks his older brother Petr at the beginning of the film. He doesn’t get an answer right away, but perhaps it can be found in this documentary that, with great care, traces the highly successful career of a talented and multifaceted artist whose work crosses generational and geographic boundaries.
415 23/8 14:00 Grand Hall 523 24/8 12:00 Small Hall 7L5 26/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema 9D2 28/8 10:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal TheatreDirected by: Michaela Pavlátová
Czech Republic, France, Slovak Republic, 2021, 81 min
Getting married is always a big step, but for Helena it marks a fundamental change in her life. She leaves Prague behind and moves with Nazir to Kabul, where she becomes part of a family she has never met. The new world brings much joy, but also difficulties that a European married to an Afghan man must overcome.
315 22/8 14:00 Grand Hall 6P3 25/8 16:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Jan Němec
Czechoslovakia, 1966, 71 min
Countless parables exist on power and its devastating impact, but only rarely does the focus include the opposing side: not just the victims but also the henchmen, opportunists, informers, lame cowards and, simply, people who lack their own opinions. Never had they been so precisely identified until Jan Němec made this film.
735 26/8 19:00 Congress HallDirected by: Šimon Šafránek
Czech Republic, 2021, 50 min
Using never-before-seen archival footage, Czech Television’s online documentary series RapStory traces thirty years of rap music in the Czech Republic, exploring important events in the history of this music that aims directly for the heart. All of it told exclusively by the people who were there and who managed to build up a subculture that tells us about today’s society more than any other.
2C3 21/8 12:00 Čas Cinema 334 22/8 16:00 Congress Hall 652 25/8 11:30 Cinema B 854 27/8 17:00 Cinema BDirected by: Jan Šikl
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 100 min
Documentary filmmaker Jan Šikl has spent many years seeking out and collecting private film archives. In this way, he came across several hours of footage showing the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Exactly fifty-three years later, on August 21, 2021, historical memory awakens from a long slumber with this reconstruction of the occupation, a cinematic adventure of a truly archeological nature.
225 21/8 18:00 Small Hall 3C7 22/8 21:00 Čas Cinema 634 25/8 16:00 Congress Hall 853 27/8 14:00 Cinema BDirected by: Elisabeth Vogler
France, 2021, 90 min
One day, one city, one continuous shot. Experience Paris in the summer, where life keeps going, even during the pandemic. A city filled with summer love, important life decisions, and unexpected games of chess.
518 24/8 23:00 Grand Hall 6C7 25/8 21:00 Čas Cinema 736 26/8 22:00 Congress Hall 8P6 27/8 22:00 Pupp CinemaDirected by: Michal Blaško
Czech Republic, France, 2022, 68 min
Nurse Hana Kučerová never smiles and she treats her patients poorly. When a patient dies under suspicious circumstances, the public, the media, the police, and her colleagues are clear as to who is guilty.... A mini-series inspired by real events that doesn’t try to place blame, but instead seeks to identify the difference between truth and mere semblance. The first part of the trilogy will be screened at KVIFF in its exclusive world premiere.
1D7 20/8 20:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre 313 22/8 11:00 Grand HallDirected by: David Ondříček
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 131 min
David Ondříček’s fascinating drama presents the life of the famous Czech endurance runner and Olympic champion Emil Zátopek, a man who, with impressive nonchalance, pushed the boundaries of human possibilities and took his place alongside other greats who transformed athletic competitions into unforgettable stories.