Four titles are all world premieres
The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival unveiled its first four pics in competition Tuesday — all international preems. “Mother Teresa of Cats,” the feature debut of Polish documentary filmmaker and playwright Pawel Sala, is inspired by a true story and examines the complicated relations within a family as the causes of a dreadful crime are brought to light. Filip Garbacz, who received a special jury mention last year at the fest for his role in Polish film “Piggies,” plays one of the leads. Czech director Jan Sverak’s “Kooky” combines live-action and puppets for a slightly off-beat, imaginative look at childhood. French director Olivier Coussemacq’s feature debut, psychological thriller “Sweet Evil” stars Pascal Greggory as an honorable judge who faces a moral dilemma when he gets an unexpected visitor. Czech director Tomas Masin’s “3 Seasons in Hell” is about the life of Czech writer Egon Bondy. A number of Czech films have been selected in other programs at the fest, which runs July 2-10. Helena Trestikova will screen “Katka” in the section for documentaries over 30 minutes. The film follows 14 years in the life of a woman struggling with drug addiction. Jitka Rudolfova’s feature debut “Dreamers,” about thirtysomethings taking stock of their lives, will bow as an international premiere in the East of the West competition. Low-budget road movie “Twosome,” Jaroslav Fuit’s writer-director debut, will have its international preem in the Forum of Independents competition. In other news, Czech director and screenwriter Bohdan Slama (“The Country Teacher”) will be one of the judges for the main competition. Slama was among Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch at Sundance in 2009. And Czech filmmaker Juraj Herz will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.