Variety taps 10 for Karlovy Vary

Nazi spoof among Euros to watch films

Hand-picked European films including a dark farce about Nazis on the moon and the sexual adventures of a disabled man feature in Variety’s 10 Euro Filmmakers to Watch at next month’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which runs June 29-July 2.

The films — selected by event curator, Variety critic Alissa Simon — include Finnish director Timo Vuorensola’s comic sci-fi yarn of moon-based Nazis, “Iron Sky,” and Belgian Geoffrey Enthoven’s “Hasta la vista,” a fictional account of Asta Philpot’s real-life trips to a wheelchair-accessible Spanish brothel and his advocacy of prostitution.

“Last year our selection included the eventual winner of the European Film Award for Discovery of the Year; we hope this year’s lineup will be equally revelatory and appealing,” Simon said.

The full list, culled from Variety critics’ favorite European films of the past year, include:

• “Either Way,” Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, Iceland

Two highway maintenance men in the barren wilderness of 1980s Iceland find themselves at a figurative crossroads.

• “A Trip,” Nejc Gazvoda, Slovenia

Three best pals from high school remember the past and confront their fears about the future.

• “Jackpot,” Magnus Mertens, Norway

Black comedy adapted from a Jo Nesbo story.

• “Hemel,” Sacha Polak Netherlands

Berlin Fipresci winner follows the sexual odyssey of a young woman.

• “This Life,” Anne Grethe Bjarup Riis, Denmark

Historical drama set during WWII about the resistance movement in German occupied Denmark.

• “Wrinkles” Ignacio Ferreras, Spain

2D toon set in an old folks’ home.

• “Black Pond,” Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, U.K.

Oddball comic drama in which an ordinary family is accused of murder when a stranger dies at the dinner table.

• “Hell,” Tim Fehlbaum, Germany-Switzerland

Post-apocalyptic survival tale

The films tapped for 10 Euro Filmmakers to Watch, with directors in attendance, screen July 1-2.

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