Ten films from Europe and America are competing for the title of the Best Feature Film (and an original award designed by Dechem studio).
Do you want to guess which film will be most attractive for the international jury of experts and film professionals? Do not miss any of them!
The festival's Prague part will open with Austrian drama Tomcat (Kater), which won Teddy Award for the best feature film at this year's Berlinale. Did you miss the opening? You can see the intimate study of a dissolving relationship also on 7th November, when it will be introduced by the director himself, Händl Klaus. Viewers in Brno will not miss it either, they can see Tomcat at the opening on 11th November.
If you didn't see “the new Dolan” in Karlovy Vary, you can catch up at Mezipatra. The intimate drama It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde), which was awarded Grand Prize of the Jury at this year's Cannes, will be screened twice in Prague and once in Brno. You can look forward to the outstanding performances of Gaspard Ulliel, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux.
Did you like Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake at Mezipatra two years ago? Do not miss his latest film, Staying Vertical (Rester Vertical). The combination of explicit sexuality, unexpected plot twists and the atmosphere of myths and legends will certainly make an impression.
Not only art film fans will be delighted by The Ornithologist (O Ornitólogo) by the esteemed director João Pedro Rodrigues. The visionary and visually stunning essay follows the journey of ornithologist Fernando through wild Portuguese nature, employing homoerotic elements and references to the lives of saints at the same time.
Accompanied by Arianna, we will also visit Italy. Set in the enchanting area of the Bolsena lake, the film follows a girl's search for the secrets of her past and her own identity. You will love young Ondina Quadria in the leading role, who was awarded at last year's Venice IFF for her role of the intersexual Arianna.
Kim, Momo a Bella are three best friends who grow a peculiar plant form a mysterious seed, only to find out that its nectar can turn them into boys. However, the spell lasts just one night and Kim realizes that such a short time is not enough... The fairy-tale for adults is called Girls Lost (Pojkarna) and was directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining from Sweden.
You can return to high school also with the Israeli romance Barash. The life of its protagonist, Naama, turns upside down thanks to her trendy and provocative classmate. You may know the rest: first love, first sexual experiences, first parties, first broken heart. Those who missed this spontaneous and fresh film at this year's Prague Pride have a unique chance to make amends.
You'll Never Be Alone (Nunca vas a estar solo) is a drama which has travelled here all the way from South America. It is based on a true story and directed by the popular Chilean musician Alex Anwandter. Its protagonist is coming to terms with a brutal attack against his son and also the son's homosexuality, which is still an issue in Chile.
American indie film buffs should pay attention: we haven't forgotten them this year and included in the competition two films which scored in Sundance. So Yong Kim's Lovesong is a romantic drama revolving around the relationship of two friends – a young countryside mother named Sarah, and impulsive Mindy, starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone.
Other People is a feature debut of Chris Kelly, a member of the SNL team and executive producer of Broad City sitcom. His partly autobiographical protagonist, scriptwriter David, comes home to Sacramento to look after his mother, whose cancer is in its terminal stage. There won't be any lack of touching scenes nor black humour.