Michel Gondry’s latest film, ‘Moody Indigo’ opens tonight’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, with the filmmaker introducing it alone after Audrey Tautou withdrew at the eleventh hour.
The main competition has six world premieres, including new features from previous Crystal Globe winners, Joseph Madmony and Krzysztof Krauze. Jan Hřebejk’s ‘Honeymoon’, starring Anna Geislerová (‘Zelary’, ‘The Idiot Returns’, ‘Beauty in Trouble’), is the only film from a Czech Republic filmmaker to receive a world premiere in the competition’s line-up. Latest films from Ben Wheatley and Lance Edmands are amongst the other eight competing titles.
Another local film, Bára Kopecká’s ‘DK’, a portrayal of controversial architect, David Kopecký, is the sole world premiere amongst the features competing for the documentary award.
There are twelve selections in the East Of The West Competition. New films from Nejc Gazvoda, Juraj Lehotský and Miroslav Mandić are included in the seven world premieres.
Elsewhere, there are notable screenings of the restored 1920’s silent films, The Arrival of Darkness (J.S. Kolar) and Alfred Hitchcock (‘The Ring’).
The Notebook (Le grand cahier)
János Szász’s sixth feature, a big screen adaptation of Agota Kristof’s renowned novel, The Notebook (‘Le grand cahier’), has two young twins fighting for survival during the Second World War. It is the follow up to Szász’s ‘Diary Of A Madwoman’ (Ópium: Egy elmebeteg nö naplója’), which won four Hungarian Film Week awards, including best director.
Jan Hřebejk’s last film, ‘Garbage, City, and Death’ (‘Odpad mesto smrt’), based upon Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial play of the same name, received ten Czech Lions’ nominations but only converted best actress (Gabriela Mícová) into a win. For his follow up, Hřebejk has turned to a psychological drama, Honeymoon (Líbánky), starring Anna Geislerová (‘Zelary’, ‘The Idiot Returns’, ‘Beauty in Trouble’) and Stanislav Majer, where an unwelcome wedding guest serves as a metaphor for a complex social past. Hřebejk is a Karlovy Vary regular and received a special jury prize for ‘Beauty in Trouble’, seven years ago.
A Place in Heaven (Makom Be-Gan Eden)
Two years ago, Joseph Madmony’s last film, ‘Restoration’, won Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe, alongside Sundance’s world cinema best screenplay and Jerusalem Film Festival’s Haggiag Award (for top Israeli feature). Madmony now returns to Karlovy Vary with ‘A Place in Heaven’ (‘Makom Be-Gan Eden’), a Hasidic allegorical tale of a vicious general who sells his place in heaven.
The Value of Time (O ouro do tempo)
Spanish filmmaker, Xavier Bermúdez, returns to Karlovy Vary, where he picked up the director’s prize for his best known feature, ‘León and Olvido’. For his fifth film, ‘The Value of Time’ (‘O ouro do tempo’), Ernesto Chao plays an idiosyncratic doctor, who froze his deceased wife in the hope that future medical science would bring her back to life. It is based on a true story.
Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos
Krzysztof Krauze continues his collaboration with Joanna Kos as joint directors of ‘Papusza’. Kos co-wrote Krauze’s festival hit ‘My Nikifor’, which won the Crystal Globe and best director at Karlovy Vary, before the pair directed the Polish Awards best film winner, ‘Saviour Square’. Their latest venture is a biopic of the famous Romany poet of the film’s title, who the Roma community banished for portraying cultural secrets in her poems.
Over ten years have elapsed since Penny Panayotopoulou’s debut feature, ‘Hard Goodbyes: My Father’, which picked up a FIPRESCI Prize at Thessaloniki Film Festival’s international competition. She now returns with ‘September’ (‘Září’), where a thirty year old woman, no longer content with solitude, finds solace in an unlikely friendship.
Bára Kopecká’s ‘DK’ is the only feature receiving a world premiere in this year’s documentary competition. The initials of the film’s title refer to the controversial architect, David Kopecký, who represented the Czech Republic at the 2002 Venice Biennale. Kopecká looks back of his life.silvitra costocost of silvitrasilvitra tabletsBuy silvitra tablets