The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014 (4-12 July)

Seven world and five international premieres will compete for the Crystal Globe at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, including new features from George Ovashvili and Gyorgy Palfi.


Another twelve films take part in the East of the West Competition, which again showcases debut and sophomore features from the region, and it kicks off with the world premiere of Virág Zomborácz’s ‘Afterlife’.


Zdeněk Jiráský’s keenly anticipated ‘In Silence’, the follow up to his Czech Lion winner and festival hit, ‘Flower Buds’, is amongst the out of competition world premieres.


An impressive list of personal appearances sees Alice Rohrwacher, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Pawel Pawlikowski, Debra Granik, David Mackenzie and Asia Argento all present their latest features.


Xavier Dolan’s Cannes jury prize winner, ‘Mommy’, and its predecessor, ‘Tom at the Farm’ lead a seven strong Canadian contingent and they both screen in the Horizons section.


And Mel Gibson will receive an outstanding contribution award.



Main competition:


Adventure (Priklyuchenie)

Nariman Turebayev

World Premiere


Nariman Turebayev has had reasonable exposure on the festival circuit from his first two features, ‘Malenkie lyudi’ and ‘Sunny Days’, including two Locarno Golden Leopard nominations, but only limited theatrical distribution.  It’s difficult to see that pattern changing with his follow up, an idiosyncratic musical adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s early short story, ‘White Nights’.  The tale of a nondescript man’s unrequited love for a young woman missing a former lover has already attracted, amongst many others, Luchino Visconti, Robert Bresson and James Gray.



Corn Island (Simindis kundzuli)

George Ovashvili

World premiere


George Ovashvili’s latest feature, ‘Corn Island’, is set in the contested borderlands between Abkhazia and Georgia.  The corn island of the film’s title lies within the Inguri River, and an old man and his daughter are its only occupiers until a border policeman arrives. It’s the keenly awaited follow up to Ovashvili’s multiple winning festival hit, ‘The Other Bank’ (‘Gagma napiri’).



Fair Play

Andrea Sedlackova

International Premiere


Andrea Sedlackova has made his name editing and received a César nomination for Philippe Lioret’s ‘Welcome’ five years ago.  With drugs abuse still plaguing international sport, Sedlackova returns to 1980’s Eastern Europe for his third feature behind the camera, ‘Fair Play’, when steroids formed part of the standard training programme.  A potentially stirring plot has a mother and coach conspiring to apply performance enhancing drugs to a young athlete against her will.



Free Fall (Szabadeses)

György Pálfi

International premiere


Innovative Hungarian filmmaker, György Pálfi, returns to Karlovy Vary where he competed for the Crystal Globe with the improvised ‘I Am Not Your Friend’ (‘Nem vagyok a barátod’) five years ago.  His latest film, ‘Free Fall’ (‘Szabadeses’) once again receives an international premiere, and it depicts seven disturbing stories witnessed by a lady climbing a building.  Pálfi remains best known for his first two features, ‘Hukkle’ and ‘Taxidermia’.



I’m Yours(Je Suis a Toi)

David Lambert

World Premiere


After exploring a challenging relationship during his debut feature, ‘Beyond the Walls’, which premiered in Cannes’ Critics’ Week, David Lambert does the same with his follow-up, ‘I’m Yours’ (‘Je Suis a Toi’).  This time a Belgian baker rescues an Argentinian escort from the streets but expects too much commitment by return.  Picking up on a familiar contemporary theme, the couple first met on the Internet.



Low Down

Jeff Preiss

International premiere


Cinematographer and experimental filmmaker, Jeff Preiss, made his debut feature with ‘Low Down’, which premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance.  It’s a biopic on the talented but largely unknown jazz musician, Joe Albany, who, unlike some of his contemporaries, could not progress a musical career alongside serious drug addiction.  Preiss assembled a particularly strong cast, including John Hawkes, Elle Fanning and Glenn Close.



Nowhere in Moravia (Dira u Hanusovic)

Miroslav Krobot

World Premiere


Miroslav Krobot is a theatre director and actor best known to filmgoers for playing the lead in Béla Tarr’s ‘The Man from London’.  This is his debut feature – although he has directed TV work – and Tatiana Vilhelmová (‘The Idiot Returns’, ‘Something Like Happiness’) plays a barkeeper looking for companionship within rural Czech Republic.  It’s a comedy drama with Krobot co-writing the script himself.



Paris of the North

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

World premiere


Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson is best known for collaborating with David Gordon Green on Berlin Silver Bear winner, ‘Prince Avalanche’.  Green based it on Sigurðsson’s debut film ‘Either Way’, and the Icelandic filmmaker co-wrote the script.  Sigurðsson now returns with his second feature, ‘Paris of the North’, which depicts a difficult relationship between a teacher and his reformed alcoholic father.



Patchwork Family (Du goudron et des plumes)

Pascal Rabaté

World Premiere


Pascal Rabaté returns to Karlovy Vary where he picked up best director for ‘Holidays by the Sea’ three years ago.  His follow up, ‘Patchwork Family’ (‘Du goudron et des plumes’) is a comedy drama starring Sami Bouajila (‘Days of Glory’) and Isabelle Carré (‘Anna M.’, ‘Beautiful Memories’) and features a divorced father whose life changes dramatically after meeting a single mother and entering a popular TV competition show.  It receives a world premiere just ahead of its theatrical launch in France.



Perpetual Sadness (La Tirisia)

Jorge Perez Solano

International Premiere


Jorge Perez Solano (‘Espiral’) is from the second group of Mexican new wave directors making their mark on world cinema but it’s over twenty years since his first short.  His second feature, ‘Perpetual Sadness’ (‘La Tirisia’) is set within a small village where two women find themselves pregnant by the same man in a Carlos Reygadas type set up. Gustavo Sánchez Parra picked up best actor when the film screened at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival earlier this year.



Rocks in My Pockets

Signe Baumane

World premiere


Signe Baumane has established her reputation with many animation shorts since 2003, culminating in the Berlin nominated ‘Birth’.  Continuing with animation for her first feature, ‘Rocks in My Pockets’, she tackles the challenging subject of mental illness and genetics based on the filmmaker’s own family.  Baumane is already in post-production on another animation feature, ‘The Golden Horse’, adapted from Janis Rainis’ play of the same name.



Welkome Home

Angelina Nikonova

International Premiere


Angelina Nikonova’s festival hit, ‘Twilight Portrait’, earned her a Discovery of the Year nomination at the European Film Awards.  Her sophomore feature, ‘Welkome Home’, is a potentially intriguing black comedy that follows various Russians who moved to New York chasing the American Dream.  Nikonova continues her collaboration with Olga Dykhovichnaya, who co-wrote and starred in both films.


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