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KARLOVY VARY 2022

Dystopian sci-fis and documentary essays land in the official selection of the 56th KVIFF

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- The largest Czech film gathering will offer a smorgasbord of local flavours from the youngest generation of domestic directors

Dystopian sci-fis and documentary essays land in the official selection of the 56th KVIFF
The Ordinaries by Sophie Linnenbaum

The 56th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July 2022) has unveiled its competition sections. Thirteen of the official selection titles are directed by returning filmmakers. “From among the 1,500 films that were submitted this year, we have chosen 33 brand-new works of cinema that offer an accurate reflection of our taste – a taste derived from a belief in a meaningful edginess and the championing of new means of cinematic expression that, nonetheless, do not stand in opposition to the audience’s receptiveness or inclinations,” says the festival’s artistic director, Karel Och. The line-up revealed so far entails 27 world, three international and three European premieres of movies from five continents. Nine films across the three sections unveiled are helmed by debuting directors.

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Two domestic filmmakers will bow in the Crystal Globe Competition: a variety of non-monogamous forms of intimacy will be explored in Tomasz Wiński’s debut, Borders of Love [+see also:
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, and the period drama The Word [+see also:
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 by Beata Parkanová, who is returning to the festival with her sophomore feature. Kristina Buožytė and Bruno Samper will introduce their co-directed effort, a dystopian sci-fi called Vesper [+see also:
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; Christos Passalis will world-premiere his melancholic love story Silence 6-9 [+see also:
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; the directorial collective consisting of Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov and Zlatina Teneva is bringing along an observational documentary on the antiquated Bulgarian healthcare system, A Provincial Hospital [+see also:
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; and the acerbic Polish comedy Fucking Bornholm [+see also:
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by Anna Kazejak will have its international premiere in the main competition.

The upcoming edition of KVIFF is set to inaugurate its new Proxima competition section (see the news). This replaces the East of the West Competition, which had primarily been focused on Central and Eastern European cinema. The festival organisers call the new competition “an inclusive space for pictures by young filmmakers and renowned auteurs alike, presenting bold works that defy categorisation”, with no geographical restrictions and “open to filmmakers from around the world”. Proxima will welcome rising domestic talent Šimon Holý, who debuted at the festival last year with Mirrors in the Dark [+see also:
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. Holý returns with his sophomore feature, And Then There Was Love… [+see also:
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, which continues with the thematic thread of existential traumas seen from a female perspective. Polish director Tomas Wasilewski will unveil his latest work, the unsettling family drama Fools [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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, while Andreas Horvath will offer a look into a zoo during lockdown in the aptly titled Zoo Lock Down, and David Kapac and Andrija Mardešić’s effort The Uncle promises a Hanekenian spin on a visit from an uncle in late-1980s Yugoslavia. Proxima will also introduce the latest work by Adéla Komrzý, who also presented her previous, highly acclaimed documentary Intensive Life Unit [+see also:
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at last year’s festival. This time, Komrzý has joined forces with Tomáš Bojar for an observational documentary exploring an art institution, ART Talent Show.

The Special Screenings section will offer more of a local flavour, introducing the sophomore feature by emerging talent Adam Sedlák, (following his debut, Domestique [+see also:
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), a dramedy called BANGER., set in the drug and rap underbelly. Meanwhile, Štěpán FOK Vodrážka will back him up with a portrait of a trio of famous Czech rappers in PSH Neverending Story, and venerated actor-turned-director Miroslav Krobot will premiere his latest feature film, Big Opening, a bittersweet comedy about an actor making his debut as a director. The sci-fi flick Rubikon by Magdalena Lauritsch (see the news) will focus on the Earth in 2096 as it runs out of oxygen, while Goran Stolevski will bow with a horror film based on Macedonian mythology and folklore, You Won’t Be Alone [+see also:
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, and Swiss filmmaker Tizian Büchi’s magical-realist observational documentary Like an Island [+see also:
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will have its international premiere in the Special Screenings sidebar.

KVIFF will also be honouring its long-time artistic director Eva Zaoralová, who passed away in March 2022, with an exhibition of photographs documenting “her relationship to cinema, her activities during the management of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and her unique relationship with the festival’s president, Jiří Bartoška”, while also screening the film that significantly influenced her future career, Federico Fellini’s La Strada.

Here is the full line-up of the competition sections:

Crystal Globe Competition

America [+see also:
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Ofir Raul Graizer (Israel/Germany/Czech Republic)
A Room of My Own [+see also:
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interview: Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze and Ta…
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Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze (Georgia/Germany)
A Provincial Hospital [+see also:
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interview: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov a…
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Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva (Bulgaria/Germany)
Fucking Bornholm [+see also:
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interview: Anna Kazejak
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Anna Kazejak (Poland)
Borders of Love [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wiński
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- Tomasz Wiński (Czech Republic/Poland)
Silence 6-9 [+see also:
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interview: Christos Passalis
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Christos Passalis (Greece)
The Ordinaries [+see also:
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interview: Sophie Linnenbaum
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Sophie Linnenbaum (Germany)
The Word [+see also:
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interview: Beata Parkanová
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Beata Parkanová (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Poland)
Summer with HopeSadaf Foroughi (Canada/Iran)
You Have to Come and See It [+see also:
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interview: Jonás Trueba
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Jonás Trueba (Spain)
A Far ShoreMasaaki Kudo (Japan)
Vesper [+see also:
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interview: Kristina Buožytė and Bruno …
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- Kristina Buožytė, Bruno Samper (Lithuania/France/Belgium)

Proxima Competition

And Then There Was Love… [+see also:
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- Šimon Holý (Czech Republic)
HorseplayMarco Berger (Argentina)
In Broad DaylightEmmanuel Tardif (Canada)
Like a Fish on the MoonDornaz Hajiha (Iran)
Fools [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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Tomasz Wasilewski (Poland/Romania/Germany)
Another Spring [+see also:
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interview: Mladen Kovačević
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- Mladen Kovačević (Serbia/Qatar)
Pietá [+see also:
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Eduardo Casanova (Spain/Argentina)
Ramona [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Bagney
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Andrea Bagney (Spain)
The Uncle [+see also:
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interview: Andrija Mardešić and David …
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- David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić (Croatia/Serbia)
TinnitusGregorio Graziosi (Brazil)
Art Talent Show [+see also:
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interview: Adéla Komrzý and Tomás Bojar
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Tomáš Bojar, Adéla Komrzý (Czech Republic)
Zoo Lock Down [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Horvath
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Andreas Horvath (Austria)

Special Screenings

BANGER. [+see also:
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interview: Adam Sedlák
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Adam Sedlák (Czech Republic)
June ZeroJake Paltrow (USA/Israel)
The Killing of a Journalist [+see also:
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interview: Matt Sarnecki
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- Matt Sarnecki (Denmark/USA/Czech Republic)
My Father, The Prince [+see also:
interview: Lukas Sturm, Lila Schwarzen…
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- Lukas Sturm, Lila Schwarzenberg (Austria/Czech Republic)
PSH Neverending StoryŠtěpán FOK Vodrážka (Czech Republic)
RubikonMagdalena Lauritsch (Austria)
Big OpeningMiroslav Krobot (Czech Republic)
You Won’t Be Alone [+see also:
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]
Goran Stolevski (Austria/UK/Serbia)
Like an Island [+see also:
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interview: Tizian Büchi
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]
- Tizian Büchi (Switzerland)

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