Line-up for the Czech festival includes 14 world premieres across three feature competitions

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9) has unveiled the programme for its 46th edition, with 14 world premieres in its three feature competitions.

Judi Dench will open the festival by presenting Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre on July 1. The festival will close July 9 with a screening of Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris.

John Turturro will receive the Festival President’s Award and with his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz, will present the world premiere of the film Somewhere Tonight. Directed by Michael Di Jiacomo, Somewhere Tonight is inspired by Theo van Gogh’s film 06 (1-900).

Hungarian director István Szabó will chair the main jury, which includes Slovak director Vladimír Balko, French critic Michel Ciment, Greek critic Michel Demopoulos, Israeli film scholar Edna Fainaru, German actress Sibel Kekilli and Czech producer Pavel Strnad.

John Malkovich will return to Karlovy Vary, not to introduce a film or receive an award, but to present a line of clothing he has designed.

Five of the 12 titles competing for the festival’s grand prize and a $30,000 cash award are world premieres: Martin Šulík’s drama Gypsy considers race relations between the Roma and broader community in Slovakia. Canadian director and actor Martin Donovan’s Collaborator focuses on a struggling playwright coming to terms with his life. From Canada, Ivan Grbovic’s Romeo 11 is a portrait of a young man coping with a physical disability and trying to live up to his father’s expectations. German director Christian Schwochow’s Cracks In The Shell considers a novice actress who finds a dangerous new identity. Danish director Birgitte Stærmose’s drama Room 304 revolves around a mysterious gunshot in a Copenhagen hotel.

Five films in the festival’s East of the West competition are world premieres: Murad Ibragimbekov’s There Was Never A Better Brother tells the story of two temperamentally different brothers in Baku in the 1970s. Ketevan Machavariani’s Salt White takes place on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, where three characters try to change their lives. In Petr Marek’s Nothing Against Nothing, a young couple seeking to adopt pretend to be adopted themselves. Aktan Arym Kubat’s Mother’s Paradise, written by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, is a social drama about two Kazakh schoolboys whose father left for Russia in search of work and never came back. Peter Krištúfek’s Visible World focuses on a loner who takes an unhealthy interest in his neighbours.

Karlovy Vary’s Forum of Independents competition features four world premieres: Jonathan Cenzual Burley’s The Soul Of Flies is an imaginative story of two brothers who meet for the first time on the way to their father’s funeral. Joshua Moore’s I Think It’s Raining follows a rootless young woman in her wanderings around San Francisco. In Gerard Hurley’s The Pier, a man tries to reconnect with his irascible father after 20 years’ separation. Aaron Houston’s Sunflower Hour is a mockumentary about four puppeteers competing for a spot on a children’s television program.

Most of the festival’s competition films are without sales agents. Memento Films is handling sales on Sameh Zoabi’s Man Without A Cell Phone, in the Forum of Independents. Entertainment One Films has Collaborator and Brendan Fletcher’s Forum title Mad Bastards. Funny Balloons is selling Montxo Armendáriz’s main competition title Don’t Be Afraid. Stark Sales has The Pier.


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Official Selection – Competition




Dir. Igor Voloshin


Gypsy (world premiere)

Slovakia-Czech Republic

Dir. Martin Šulík


Collaborator (world premiere)


Dir. Martin Donovan


Don’t Be Afraid


Dir. Montxo Armendáriz


Heritage (world premiere)


Dir. Andrzej Barański


The Invisible (world premiere)


Dir. Christian Schwochow


The Jewel


Dir. Andrea Malaioli


Lollipop Monster


Dir. Ziska Riemann


Not For Sale Not For Rent


Dir. Pascal Rabaté




Dir. Joseph Madmony


Romeo 11 (world premiere)


Dir. Ivan Grbović


Room 304 (world premiere)


Dir. Birgitte Stærmose



East of the West



Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dir. Ahmed Imamović


Generation P


Dir. Victor Ginzburg


George The Hedgehog


Dir. Wojtek Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski, Tomasz Leśniak


Heart’s Boomerang


Dir. Nikolay Khomeriki


Marija’s Own


Dir. Željka Suková


Mother’s Paradise (world premiere)


Dir. Aktan Arym Kubat


Nothing Against Nothing (world premiere)

Czech Republic

Dir. Petr Marek


Punk’s Not Dead


Dir. Vladimír Blaževski


Salt White (world premiere)


Dir. Ketevan Machavariani




Dir. Ivan Vladimirov, Valery Yordanov


There Was Never A Better Brother (world premiere)


Dir. Murad Ibragimbekov


Visible World (world premiere)


Dir. Peter Krištúfek



Forum of Independents




Dir. Sasha Matijević


I Think It’s Raining (world premiere)


Dir. Joshua Moore


Mad Bastards


Dir. Brendan Fletcher


Man Without A Cell Phone (world premiere)


Dir. Sameh Zoabi


Maybe Tomorrow


Dir. Mariken Halle


OK, Enough, Goodbye


Dir. Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia


The Pier (world premiere)


Dir. Gerard Hurley




Dir. Andrew Haigh


The Soul of Flies (world premiere)


Dir. Jonathan Cenzual Burley


Stranger Things


Dir. Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal


Sunflower Hour (world premiere)


Dir. Aaron Houston


Wangliang’s Ideal


Dir. Xiongjie Gao