At its 53rd edition, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the oldest film festivals in the world and one of Eastern and Central Europe’s most prominent events for cinema, opens its doors from 29 June to 7 July. Set in the famous city of Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic, the festival hosts over 200 feature films and documentaries from all over the world presented in many sections with an absolutely unique programme of world and European premieres (23 world premiere, 18 international premiere, 13 European premiere), notable representatives of international film industry and a special focus on films from Central and Eastern Europe.
BROTHERS by Ömür Atay – After spending four years at a detention center, seventeen- year-old Yusuf comes home in a little village in central Anatolia. His return to the family circle freshly recalls the act that his loved ones, bound by rigid tradition, forced Yusuf to commit. A film about the difficulty to choose between family, tradition and values.
I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS by Radu Jude – The title comes from the statement spoken in the Romania’s Council of Ministers of the summer of 1941, before the Romanian Army carried out ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front. A young artist is planning to reconstruct a historical event through a stage play in the city of Bucharest forcing the viewer to come to terms with his own history.
EAST OF WEST
VIA CARPATIA by Klara Kochańska and Kasper Bajon – An intimate road movie with a documentary approach on refugees in Europa. A middle-class couple with their marriage in trouble set up on a trip across the Balkans, heading for a refugee camp on the Macedonian-Greek border.
VOLCANO by Roman Bondarchuk – In southern Ukraine halfway between past and present, a world featured like a tragicomedy. The story of Lukas, an interpreter for OSCE gets lost n the middle of the steppe facing bizarre situations and strange people. Fascinated by his host and his host’s daughter Marushka, with whom he is rapidly falling in love, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he had never known could exist.
A LITTLE WISDOM by Yuqi Kang – In an isolated Buddhist monastery in southern Nepal young orphans are taken in and provided refuge. Far from civilisation, they learn about monks’ strict discipline while the routine of the passing days is stirred up by boyhood eagerness for adventure.
BREAKING NEWS by Tomáš Bojar – Two different newsrooms, two different teams of reporters, two different stance on one “objective” piece of news, the decision of the Czech president Milos Zemans whether or not to run for re-election. In March 2017 Czech media avidly chase after the news.
DREAM AWAY by Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke – It hasn’t been so long since thousands of tourists from around the world came on holiday to Sharm El Sheikh. The Arab Spring and the confusion of the post revolutionary period deprived the place of its glamour. A surreal fiction-style documentary that features an inanimate city populated with ghosts and abandoned luxury hotel suites.
INSIDE MOSUL by Jana Andert – Documentarist Jana Andert spent eight months with an Iraqi Army unit on the front lines of Mosul, besieged by Islamic State. An unflinching report from a city in ruins, robbed of its soul by one of the worst catastrophes of modern times.
PUTIN’S WITNESS by Vitaly Mansky – Documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation “Successor” that began the Putin’s era. The renowned documentarist puts on screen the events that followed December 31, 1999, the day when Vladimir Putin became Russia’s president. Based on unique testimonies, the documentary features, among others, Mikhail Gorbachev e Boris Yeltsin.