The Karlovy Vary fest will honor Czech animator Bretislav Pojar with a Crystal Globe for artistic achievement when it unspools June 29-July 7.
Fest competition lineup, announced Tuesday in Prague, includes favorite son Jan Sverak’s comedy “Empties,” Poland’s “Savior’s Square” by Krzysztof Krauze, South Korea’s “Pruning the Grapevine” by Min Boung-hun and Russia’s “Simple Things” by Alexei Popogrebsky.
The docu category will see the world preem of China’s “Neo-Lounge,” a tale of foreigners’ lives in Beijing by Joanna Vasquez Arong, Holland’s “4 Elements” by Jiska Rickels, which looks at workers contending with fire, water, earth and sky, and Canadian-Armenian “Stone Time Touch.” an experimental search for roots by Garine Torossian.Fest’s East of the West section, which highlights the best of the former Eastern bloc, hosts the European preem of “Rules of Lies,” a drama on people escaping dark pasts by Robert Sedlacek, and the historical saga “Kek,” a Central Asian story of star-crossed love. Also in the lineup is Russia’s “Free Floating” by Boris Khlebnikov, which deals with post-industrial survival in a small town on the Volga.
The Horizons section, which screens kudo winners from other fests, will unspool Golden Lion winner “Still Life” by Jia Zhangke, “Daratt,” a revenge tale from Chad by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, “Interview,” the Steve Buscemi film, and David Lynch’s “Inland Empire,” which is expected to be a top draw among Czech auds.
Fest’s Forum of Independents section will include sections on the resurgence of Teuton film, as well as American indies, represented by Ethan Hawke’s “The Hottest State.”
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