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KARLOVY VARY 2017

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Karlovy Vary announces this year’s competition titles

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- 2014 KVIFF winner George Ovashvili returns, and Krzysztof Krauze’s posthumously completed drama about the consequences of the Rwandan genocide is also in the main competition

Karlovy Vary announces this year’s competition titles
Khibula by George Ovashvili

Georgian Crystal Globe winner George Ovashvili returns to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival after three years with his latest oeuvre, Khibula [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: George Ovashvili
film profile
]
, about an ousted Georgian president who is fighting for power “while waging an internal struggle as he heads off to meet his fate”. Birds Are Singing in Kigali [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joanna Kos-Krauze
film profile
]
 is a drama revolving around the topic of the Rwandan genocide, by Krzysztof Krauze, who was working on the project with his wife, Joanna Kos-Krauze, who eventually took over after he passed away in 2014. Romanian director Iulia Rugina will unveil her third feature, Breaking News [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Iulia Rugină
film profile
]
, in the main competition alongside The Line [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Andrey Yermak
interview: Peter Bebjak
film profile
]
, a Slovakian-Ukrainian drama by Peter Bebjak, the Czech medieval road movie Little Crusader [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Václav Kadrnka
film profile
]
 by Václav Kadrnka, and Nicolas Silhol’s Corporate [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nicolas Silhol
film profile
]
.

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The East of the West competition, rounding up the cinematic output from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the countries of the former Soviet Union, will welcome Josef Tuka’s minimalistic psychological drama Absence of Closeness [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Josef Tuka
film profile
]
Priit Pääsuke’s high-spirited comedy The End of the Chain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Priit Pääsuke
film profile
]
; the first feature-length outing by Ukraine’s Marina StepanskaFalling [+see also:
trailer
interview: Marina Stepanska
film profile
]
; the debut by Cristi IftimeMariţa [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cristi Iftime
film profile
]
; and Juraj Lehotský’s sophomore feature, Nina [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juraj Lehotský
film profile
]
. Topics currently making headlines will be explored in the documentary competition: Orban Wallace will scrutinise the journalistic practice of reporting during humanitarian tragedies in Another News Story [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Alexandru Solomon will investigate a curious research centre in Tarzan’s Testicles [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alexandru Solomon
film profile
]
Vít Klusák will bring a tragicomic portrait of “an authentic Czech neo-Nazi” in The White World According to Daliborek [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Vít Klusák
film profile
]
, and Slovakian documentarian Miro Remo lays bare the life of a singer exhausted by his struggles with addiction, mental illness and the demands of showbusiness in Richard Müller: Unknown.

The 52nd edition of the KVIFF will honour music composer James Newton Howard, and Václav Vorlíček for his contribution to Czech cinema, while Ken Loach and his screenwriter Paul Laverty will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema, and Casey Affleck is slated to be the latest recipient of the Festival President’s Award. The retrospective section will celebrate the work of Kenji Mizoguchi, while KVIFF continues its Future Frames initiative, spotlighting emerging talents among the ranks of award-winning students.

The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will run from 30 June–8 July.

Here is the list of competition titles:

Competition

Arrhythmia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Boris Khlebnikov
film profile
]
 – Boris Khlebnikov (Russia/Finland/Germany)
Birds Are Singing in Kigali
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joanna Kos-Krauze
film profile
]
 – Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze (Poland)
Breaking News
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Iulia Rugină
film profile
]
 – Iulia Rugina (Romania)
The Cakemaker
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ofir Raul Graizer
film profile
]
 – Ofir Raul Graizer (Israel/Germany)
Corporate
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nicolas Silhol
film profile
]
 – Nicolas Silhol (France)
Keep the Change
 – Rachel Israel (USA)
Khibula
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: George Ovashvili
film profile
]
 – George Ovashvili (Georgia/Germany/France)
The Line
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Andrey Yermak
interview: Peter Bebjak
film profile
]
 – Peter Bebjak (Slovak Republic/Ukraine)
Little Crusader
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Václav Kadrnka
film profile
]
 – Václav Kadrnka (Czech Republic/Slovak Republic/Italy)
Men Don’t Cry
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alen Drljević
film profile
]
 – Alen Drljevič (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Slovenia/Croatia/Germany)
More
 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Onur Saylak (Turkey)
Ralang Road
 – Karma Takapa (India)

East of the West

Absence of Closeness [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Josef Tuka
film profile
]
 – Josef Tuka (Czech Republic)
Blue Silence
 [+see also:
trailer
interview: Bülent Öztürk
film profile
]
 - Bülent Öztürk (Turkey/Belgium)
Dede
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Mariam Khatchvani (Georgia/United Kingdom)
The End of the Chain
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Priit Pääsuke
film profile
]
 – Priit Pääsuke (Estonia)
Falling
 [+see also:
trailer
interview: Marina Stepanska
film profile
]
 – Marina Stepanska (Ukraine)
How Viktor “the Garlic” Took  Alexey “the Stud” to the Nursing Home
 – Alexander Hant (Russia)
The Man Who Looks Like Me
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andres and Katrin Maimik
film profile
]
 – Katrin Maimik, Andres Maimik (Estonia)
Mariţa
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cristi Iftime
film profile
]
 – Cristi Iftime (Romania)
Nina
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juraj Lehotský
film profile
]
 – Juraj Lehotský (Slovak Republic/Czech Republic)
Pomegranate Orchard
 – Ilgar Najaf (Azerbaijan)
The Stone
 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Orhan Eskiköy (Turkey)
Unwanted
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Edon Rizvanolli
film profile
]
 – Edon Rizvanolli (Kosovo/the Netherlands)

Documentary Competition

Another News Story [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Orban Wallace (United Kingdom)
Atelier de conversation
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Bernhard Braunstein (Austria/France/Lichtenstein)
Before Summer Ends
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Maryam Goormaghtigh
film profile
]
 – Maryam Goormaghtigh (Switzerland/France)
A Campaign of Their Own
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Lionel Rupp (Switzerland)
Land of the Free
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Camilla Magid (Denmark/Finland)
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Gustavo Salmerón
film profile
]
 – Gustavo Salmerón (Spain)
A Memory in Khaki
 – Alfoz Tanjour (Qatar)
My Life without Air
 [+see also:
trailer
interview: Bojana Burnać
film profile
]
– Bojana Burna (Croatia)
This Is Not Me [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Miro Remo
film profile
]
– Miro Remo (Slovak Republic/Czech Republic)
Tarzan’s Testicles
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alexandru Solomon
film profile
]
 – Alexandru Solomon (Romania/France)
The White World According to Daliborek
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Vít Klusák
film profile
]
 – Vít Klusák (Czech Republic/Poland/Slovak Republic/United Kingdom)

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