Competish pix include Martin Donovan's 'Collaborator'
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival will present John Turturro with its President’s Award, the Czech event said Wednesday.The thesp-scripter-helmer, together with his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz, will attend the world preem of “Somewhere Tonight,” in which they star. The film, directed by Michael Di Jiacomo, is inspired by “06 (1-900),” a pic by Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004. The fest announced its competish lineup, which includes the helming debut of longtime Hal Hartley thesp Martin Donovan, “Collaborator,” a U.S./Canadian love-triangle tale. As in previous editions, Eastern and Central European pics feature prominently in the competish lineup. These include Russia’s “Bedouin,” which focuses on the desperation of urban Ukrainians; “Heritage,” a character study from Poland’s Andrzej Baranski; and the Czech/Slovak co-production “Gypsy,” by Martin Sulik. There are two pics from Germany, Ziska Riemann’s “Lollipop Monster” and Christian Schwochow’s “Crack in the Shell,” which both center on psychological drama and ambiguous role-playing. Pics repping the struggles and absurdities of modern life are Israel’s “Restoration” by Joseph Madmony, Italian/French pic “The Jewel” by Andrea Molaioli, and Canada’s “Romeo Eleven” by Ivan Grbovic. Two stylistically distinct entries are France’s “Not for Sale Not for Rent” by Pascal Rabate, in which characters connect sans dialogue based on the helmer’s comic books, and Danish/Croatian pic “Room 304″ by Birgitte Staermose, which conveys three days in a Copenhagen hotel with action centered on an unexplained gunshot. Spain’s “Don’t Be Afraid” by Montxo Armendariz, who was Oscar-nommed six years ago for “Secrets of the Heart,” takes on the taboo of child abuse. The East of the West section, focusing on films of the former Eastern Bloc, will screen strong work, including the U.S./Russian pic “Generation P,” Victor Ginzburg’s free adaptation of the Victor Pelevin novel on the Pepsi generation. Russian/Bulgarian/Azerbaijan pic “There Was Never a Better Brother” by Murad Ibragimbekov considers sibling rivalry in Baku of the 1970s, while Russia’s “Heart’s Boomerang” by Nikolay Khomeriki examines the value of adult life barely started and Georgia’s “Salt White” by Ketevan Machavariani looks at urban angst. Kazakh pic “Mother’s Paradise” by Aktan Arym Kubat takes on immigration fallout, while Bulgaria’s “Sneakers” looks at escapism on the Black Sea and Croatia’s “Marija’s Own” by Zeljka Sukova is a gritty family grief story that’s a documentary musical comedy. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s “Belvedere” by Ahmed Imamovic focuses on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, just one of many pics that mull controversies and legacies. Fest runs July 1-9.