CANNES — Six first features and three sophomore outings take the lion’s share of the Variety Critics’ Choice program at Karlovy Vary fest (June 29-July 7).
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, the popular fest sidebar, supported by Hamburg-based European Film Promotion, aims to showcase pics that have often flown low on the international festival radar. Selections by Variety’s crix, coordinated by senior film critic Derek Elley, are from EFP’s 28 member countries.
“We try to choose movies that give a different view of Euro cinema from that normally peddled by festivals,” Elley said. “We don’t discriminate between commercial and arthouse cinema. Freshness is the thing.”
This year’s line-up includes an Austrian slasher movie (“Dead in 3 Days” by Andreas Prochaska), a backpacker comedy set in Asia (“Hotel Very Welcome” by German newbie Sonja Heiss) and several psychological thrillers, like French first-timer Alante Kavaite’s “Fissures.”
Other titles are Steve Hudson’s boat-set drama “True North,” sailing under an Irish co-prod flag; Grzegorz Landowski’s chiller “Hyena,” from Poland; Norwegian helmer Alexander Eik’s black comedy “Cold Feet”; and Swiss director Jeanne Waltz’s psychodrama “Parting Shot,” starring Isild Le Besco.
Completing the lineup are Inaki Dorronsoro’s “The Distance,” repping Spain, Danish helmer Ole Christian Madsen’s marriage drama “Prague,” and Col Spector’s wry relationships movie, “Someone Else,” from the U.K.
Fest runs 29 June-7 July, with Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart as prez of the international jury.
A correction was made to this article at 1:30 p.m.