A scene from the existential drama ‘Boy Eating the Bird’s Food’ by debuting Greek director Ektoras Lygizos
The Czech Republic’s most prominent international film festival, held in the historic spa town of Karlovy Vary, will feature eight world premieres and four international premieres, which will compete in the main competition.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) will also profile four talented debut directors, organizers announced on Tuesday.
The films competing for the Crystal Globe for Best Film include:
“Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy” (Romanzo di una strage) by Italian director Marco Tullio Giordana, described as a “thrilling reconstruction of the notorious and, to date, unsolved terrorist attack in Milan in 1969.
“To Kill a Beaver” (Zabić bobra) by prominent Polish director Jan Jakub Kolski. The hero of the film has shut himself off from the world due to the trauma of his war experiences, but a girl he has never met before manages to pull him out of his paranoid state.
“Polski film” by Czech director Marek Najbrt, described as a “mischievous reflection on the boundaries of reality and fiction, in which well-known Czech actors play themselves, shows us how to cope with our own fame and with the pitfalls associated with the art of filmmaking.”
“Boy Eating the Bird’s Food” (To agori troi to fagito tou pouliou), a Bressonesque existential drama by debuting Greek director Ektoras Lygizos, described as “one of the more radical allegorical films to come out of Greece, a country currently producing some of the most interesting works to figure on the international festival circuit.”
“Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing...”(Deine Schönheit ist nichts wert...), an Austrian debut by Hüseyin Tabak that “overwhelms not only by its general sensitivity, but also an ability to tell a very serious story through the eyes of a little boy.”
Other debut features include the Japanese existential ballad “Kamihate Store” (Kamihate shoten), and the Mexican film“Nos vemos, papa” (Nos Vemos Papa), whose director became celebrated as the co-screenwriter for the film “Leap Year” (2010), which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for best first feature.
During the Gala Opening Ceremony of the 47th Karlovy Vary IFF, the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema will be awarded to British actress Dame Helen Mirren, a guest at this year’s festival together with her husband, American director and producer Taylor Hackford. The KVIFF runs from June 29 to July 7.