Films in search for Sales
Here you can find a list of films selected for the festival official program which are looking for the international sales.
Shpia e Agës
Directed by: Lendita Zeqiraj
Kosovo / Croatia / France / Albania, 2019, 107min.
A diverse group of women live in a remote mountain location. The only male element in the house is nine-year-old Aga, the son of one of the women. Opening the East of the West competition, Lendita Zeqiraj’s debut authentically re-creates the vibrant world of her energetic female protagonists, in which the flow of stories, the sound of singing, and coarse humor cannot mask the dark undertone of their country’s wartime past and its enduring ethnic tensions.
Directed by: Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic, 2019, 75min.
Monika is pregnant by Mirek, a marriage con man who is serving time for cheating several women out of hundreds of thousands of crowns. A strong woman, Monika initially believes he can change, but over time she becomes increasingly afraid of him. Eva Tomanová’s empathetic documentary follows all the ups and downs of their unusual relationship.
Directed by: Andrei Cohn
Romania, 2019, 126min.
August 1983, somewhere in Romania. The bright summer’s day that Dinu is spending with his family on the beach is darkened by the arrival of the police and his unexplained arrest. He finds himself sharing a cell with small-time crook Vali, who soon proves to be quite a sinister fellow inmate. A formally inventive drama about the chilling absurdity of totalitarian regimes.
The August Virgin
La virgen de agosto
Directed by: Jonás Trueba
Spain, 2019, 129min.
In the hot summer months, when Madrileños leave their homes in droves to escape the insufferable heat, the centre of Madrid is left abandoned. That is, except for the tourists and a handful of undaunted locals – and those who can’t see the way forward, like Eva, a charming thirty-something. Told with appealing finesse, the story unfolds during the city’s August festivals, when a person’s inner turmoil can be soothed by fleeting encounters and unexpected adventures.
Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie
Directed by: Natalie Cubides-Brady
United Kingdom, 2019, 24min.
The transformation of the landscape over time, the impact of technology on nature, and the contrast between modern industry and the myths that have, since time immemorial, been associated with unspoiled nature. All these topics come together in this hybrid documentary about the search for a man who mysteriously disappeared while investigating a Scottish nuclear reactor.
Directed by: Boris Akopov
Russia, 2019, 99min.
Gang leader Anton Bykov, known as the Bull, ends up at the police station after a scuffle with a rival criminal group. He only manages to avoid prison thanks to the intervention of a feared mafia boss, who nevertheless asks him to pull off a risky job in return. A taut feature debut from one-time ballet dancer Boris Akopov, surprising for its maturity and compulsive dynamism.
Die Kinder der Toten
Die Kinder der Toten
Directed by: Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška
Austria, 2018, 90min.
A bloody car crash, undead doppelgängers, a grand feast at a Styrian pub, and a group of starving Syrians at death’s door… Thanks to such unforgettable scenes, directing duo Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška have succeeded in transforming Elfriede Jelinek’s magnum opus into an over-the-top, silent 8 mm horror movie that shines for its one-of-a-kind cinematic style and ruthless irony.
The Fading Village
Chun qu dong lai
Directed by: Liu Feifang
China, 2019, 172min.
Unlike the other young people in their forlorn mountain village, Hou Junli has remained with his family instead of leaving for the city. The dilapidated houses continue to resist the snow and rain, but how long will this place exist if there is nobody left to carry on local work and traditions? A long-term observational documentary about a difficult life and the love of one’s native soil.
Get Ready With Me
Get Ready With Me
Directed by: Jonatan Etzler
Sweden, 2018, 29min.
When Lukas asks his students to shoot a short film about their lives, he has no idea what might happen. Indeed, timid Vendela’s movie launches a chain of ridicule, bullying, and accusations that even the teacher can’t escape. Get Ready With Me exposes the cruel nature of the present day, where a cellphone can be a weapon and likes mean everything.
The Glamorous Boys of Tang
Tang chao chi li nan
Directed by: Su Hui-Yu
Taiwan, 2018, 15min.
Inspired by the 1980s Taiwanese erotic fantasy The Glamorous Boys of Tang, this film reimagines certain scenes which didn’t make it into the original picture for censorship and funding reasons. Taken together, the precise sets, costumes and staging of the sex orgies and murders during the Tang dynasty create spectral moments that are at once beautiful and repulsive.
Directed by: Radim Špaček
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 107min.
What is the price of victory? Director Radim Špaček’s epic sports drama looks at the turbulent history of Czechoslovak basketball. The eager players give their all on the court, but they must also face a similarly ruthless fight in real life. Amid the social turmoil caused by various dictatorships’ rise to power, fair play gets thrown out the window.
The Grand Bizarre
The Grand Bizarre
Directed by: Jodie Mack
USA, 2018, 60min.
This kaleidoscopic ride takes us into a world governed by fabric, brightly coloured patterns and sundry textures. The film’s extravagant kinetic stop-motion animation conjures up a highly original image of a globally connected world, of the relentless movement of objects and people, and of their cultures and lives, whose nature is reflected in textiles and their circulation.
Directed by: Damjan Kozole
Slovenia / Macedonia / Serbia, 2019, 105min.
Half-sisters who were never that close are forced by circumstance to share a flat in Ljubljana... The leading Slovene director returns to Karlovy Vary with a remarkably precise study of alienation and the inability to communicate, in a film characterised by polished dialogue, plenty of black humour and entirely natural performances.
He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš
Viņu sauca Haoss Bērziņš
Directed by: Signe Birkova
Latvia, 2018, 25min.
After being kidnapped by aliens, copy shop employee Harijs Bērziņš doesn’t quite feel at home in his skin, and even ufologist Vilma doesn’t exactly elicit his trust. On top of that, he has no idea that the gray alien mother is giving birth to his son right now. The movie’s playful experimentation with form cleverly turns the clichés of the classic sci-fi genre on their head.
Directed by: Ksenia Okhapkina
Estonia / Latvia, 2019, 60min.
How do the mechanisms of political power directly influence the lives of a country’s inhabitants? In seeking an answer to this difficult question, this cinematic essay looks at everyday life in a small Russian industrial city, uncovering along the way how dangerous and furtive an all-permeating ideology can be.
Directed by: Robert Sedláček
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2018, 115min.
He never told anyone of his plan and needed no one’s approval. Director Robert Sedláček’s ambitious drama untangles the mystery of student martyr Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on January 16, 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.
The Jarariju Sisters
Directed by: Jorge Cadena
Switzerland / Colombia, 2018, 21min.
Vivian and Yandris are growing up in the ritual-filled environment of the Wayuu tribe, the last outpost of the ancient ways in northern Colombia, where the landscape is slowly being ravaged by the mining industry. After their father’s death they have nothing to tie them to their home anymore, so they decide to run away. An ethnographically precise yet poetically tender story about the courage to start a new life.
Jiří Suchý - Tackling Life with Ease
Jiří Suchý - Lehce s životem se prát
Directed by: Olga Sommerová
Czech Republic, 2019, 104min.
Jiří Suchý. Theatre personality, musician, poet, writer, graphic artist, collector, citizen. One of the key figures of the domestic cultural scene over the last six decades and a tireless campaigner for the enrichment of the Czech language. Olga Sommerová’s documentary presents a portrait of an artist and a man – a portrait of our times.
Karel, Me and You
Karel, já a ty
Directed by: Bohdan Karásek
Czech Republic, 2018, 111min.
Saša leaves her husband and finds refuge with Dušan. They are both trying to work out their relationships and provide support for each other as they falter in their uncertainty. In his feature film debut Bohdan Karásek shows a preference for natural, subtly humorous dialogue and demonstrates that the limitations of independent filmmaking can, in fact, be turned to one’s advantage.
Directed by: Gregor Valentovič
Slovak Republic, 2019, 28min.
Hana is getting married, Maja is moving in with her boyfriend, Bažo is off to Canada, but there are no radical changes in David’s life. His friends grow distant, and now he must face the problem of dealing with his newfound loneliness. A congenially energetic film about the void that often grows between the world of carefree partying and the settled life of adulthood.
La Belle Indifference
Directed by: Kıvanç Sezer
Turkey, 2019, 94min.
Onur is sacked from his job as manager of a pharmaceutical company. He’s not too bothered about being unemployed, but the same cannot be said of his wife Bahar. Onur doesn’t listen to her and becomes indifferent not only to her anxieties but also to the world around him. He’d rather be surrounded by more zebras. A drama with dashes of absurd comedy about events that are no laughing matter: a personal crisis that impacts their marriage.
The Last Autumn
Directed by: Yrsa Roca Fannberg
Iceland, 2019, 78min.
If the world has an edge, then it is almost certainly visible from Iceland. On the outermost cape, beyond which there is only the inhospitable Arctic Ocean, lies a farm belonging to Úlfar and his wife. This autumn will be the last time their grandchildren come from the city to drive the sheep back down from the hills. An almost tangible cinematic fabric that weaves a tale of an abandoned place where the mist clings to the steel-blue surface of the sea and where the occasional human visitor is sometimes welcome.
The Last Children of Paradise
Die letzten Kinder im Paradies
Directed by: Anna Roller
Germany, 2019, 29min.
Fourteen-year-old Leah lives with her ten-year-old brother Theo and their grandmother. A sad event that unexpectedly affects their lives forces her to take responsibility for the family, but she does so with the ease of a child. A perceptive film about losing a sense of security that had felt like paradise.
Directed by: Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan
Saudi Arabia, 2019, 75min.
On the way to a wedding Nasser finds out that his father is dying. He changes plans and heads straight off with his adolescent son Waleed to his dad’s small town. However, the strictly upheld customs they encounter in this rural environment start to affect Waleed and Nasser’s relationship. Using the story of a family encounter as its backdrop, the film adopts a realistic approach to discussing Islamic traditions while it examines the true nature of paternal love.
Directed by: Stefan Malešević
Serbia / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro, 2019, 92min.
Jovana works behind the counter at a bakery in the small town where she lives with her father. Her somewhat shy peer Marko is supposed to follow in his own father’s footsteps and become a truck driver. But the events of one night change both their lives… Serbian director Stefan Malešević debuts with a formally distinctive triptych whose loose narrative structure challenges the viewer to actively participate in putting together the pieces of the mosaic.
The Man of the Future
El hombre del futuro
Directed by: Felipe Ríos
Chile / Argentina, 2019, 96min.
Michelsen, an elderly truck driver, sets out on his last trip driving freight to the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia. The long and arduous drive through the magnificent, luxuriant natural landscape, past lakes and extensive glaciers, ultimately becomes a recapitulation of his life when he unexpectedly happens upon his adult daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since her childhood.
Directed by: Takashi Makino
Japan / Hong Kong, 2018, 60min.
What remains of an image whose original representation becomes unrecognizable after the process of creative intervention? The film sequences bring to life some kind of elementary matter which gives rise to all living and non-living things. A remarkable film with a compelling hallucinogenic rhythm that allows us to experience fundamental existential issues of consciousness and being.
Directed by: Mauricio Sáenz
Mexico, 2018, 15min.
A small group of men dressed in national costume move through a mountainous region dotted with meteorite craters. Monitored by the enigmatic voice of the narrator, they have come to perform an unusual ritual. These “bird men” have to die in order to create life and find the place where the sun rises. A contemplation of the cycle of life which borrows much from the stories of the origin of mankind, as told in Mesoamerican mythology.
Mimi & Lisa: Christmas Light Mystery
Mimi & Líza: Záhada vánočního světla
Directed by: Katarína Kerekesová, Ivana Šebestová
Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2018, 65min.
The world’s full of best friends like Mimi and Lisa. But there’s one small thing that sets them apart. Mimi’s eyes are always shut, but it’s not because she’s asleep. Mimi cannot see. This delightfully playful animated film for both children and adults looks at a wonderful world where you can read with your fingers, and that’s not even the half of it.
My Thoughts Are Silent
Moi dumki tikhi
Directed by: Antonio Lukich
Ukraine, 2019, 104min.
Twenty-five-year-old Vadym works as a sound recordist. When a generous job offer comes along which could help him fulfil his dream to move to Canada, he doesn’t think twice and sets out to record the sounds of animals in the Carpathians… In his visually inspired road movie, subtly enhanced by its synthesized score, debuting director Antonio Lukich demonstrates a highly unusual talent for constructing tragicomic situations.
Ode to Nothing
Oda sa wala
Directed by: Dwein Baltazar
Philippines, 2018, 92min.
It seems as if nothing can upset Sonya’s routine. No-one cares about the ageing funeral shop owner anymore, except when she provides discounts on flowers and coffins. One day a body belonging apparently to no-one finds its way to her shop, and Sonya develops a highly unusual relationship with it. An inscrutable, tender and bitterly comic film about the desire for companionship.
Directed by: Martin Dušek, Ondřej Provazník
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2019, 85min.
Vlasta and Tonda don’t have much longer to live but they do have one more important task ahead of them – to find and kill the communist prosecutor who sent them to prison in the 1950s. An unusual road movie about two former political prisoners who fight for justice despite every obstacle.
On the Roof
Directed by: Jiří Mádl
Czech Republic / Slovak Republic, 2019, 100min.
A grumpy old man happens upon a young Vietnamese lad on the roof of his Prague apartment block and offers him a temporary home in his flat. The two very different individuals initially find it difficult to get along; however, they gradually discover that they need one another. Actor Jiří Mádl demonstrates his talent as a director in this small-scale piece interwoven with gentle humour.
Directed by: Lun Sevnik
Czech Republic, 2019, 22min.
Teenagers Boris and Hugo have informed the internet that they’ll be committing suicide in one hour. Sixty minutes of wondering whether it’s a joke, provocation, or reality. The clock is ticking, the online voyeurs are growing restless, and Hugo, unlike Boris, is beginning to have doubts. A carefully constructed film about a decision that can’t be changed. Or can it?
Directed by: Irfan Avdić
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018, 27min.
Seventeen-year-old orphan Alem lives alone with his grandmother. They have little money, and Alem begins to grow desperate at their never-ending poverty. He’d like to go on a school trip, but their modest budget makes it impossible. Endeavoring for once not to be the target of pity and contempt, the young man resorts to a desperate solution…
Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars
Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars
Directed by: Charlotte Pryce
USA, 2018, 7min.
Mist lapping the edges of the surface of the earth and an infinitely dark night. Materialising somewhere in between is a mysterious, electrical substance – both ineffably intimate and cosmically remote. An entrancing cinematic poem that sets off into the unknown, inspired by medieval tales about mythical matter and 19th century photographic techniques.
Directed by: Martti Helde
Estonia / France / Belgium, 2019, 75min.
A brother and sister set out across a silent winter landscape, but after years apart they have difficulty communicating. This minimalist study of a difficult sibling relationship presents three versions of the same story, asking whether time can heal the wounds of the past.
Directed by: István Kovács
Hungary, 2018, 23min.
Sarajevo, 1994. A city ruined by war. Most homes are without electricity, and the water mains dried up long ago. Widow Tea wants to wash her hair, but she loses her carefully guarded reserve of water. In an attempt at replacing the loss, she sets out on a journey that could cost her her life. A moving drama about trying to maintain a semblance of dignity amidst the madness of war.
Directed by: Pavol Pekarčík
Slovak Republic / Czech Republic, 2019, 81min.
The heroes of the four stories told in Silent Days all have their dreams and desires. But they also have something else in common: they live on the fringes of society in a private world closed off from the outside – even more so since they cannot hear… In a film partaking of both fiction and documentary, hearing-impaired Romany children move about in their own environment as director Pavol Pekarčík deftly textures little stories reflecting their inner lives.
Film is also part of the section People Next Door.
Directed by: Laila Pakalniņa
Latvia / Norway / Lithuania, 2019, 65min.
The plastic spoon was able to feign harmless unimportance until the moment Laila Pakalniņa, a distinctive international documentary filmmaker, cast her piercing glance its way. Her wordless film, whose humor arises from the surprising possibilities cinema has to offer, sings a dirge for this ornament of our bloated civilization: a piece of cheap plastic that will likely soon fade into history.
Directed by: Eileen Byrne
Germany / Luxembourg, 2018, 21min.
Alice is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her boyfriend Moritz tries to be supportive, but he isn’t capable of fully understanding her state of mind (or at least that’s how it seems to Alice). The young woman tries to overcome her fears of an uncertain future, but she struggles to come to terms with her operation-scarred body. An intimate film about a sensitive but also highly important topic.
Up to Down
Giù dal vivo
Directed by: Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti
Italy, 2019, 74min.
Naples. Home of the unbowed, of madmen and paupers. A city that refuses to lick anyone’s boots, let alone stoop to pretense. This documentary bad trip takes us on a tour of the city’s dismal suburbs and into the homes of the marginalized and rejected: a man, a girl, and a masked boxer – three protagonists yearning for something else, although they’re not quite sure what.
Directed by: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Germany, 2018, 21min.
Perhaps never before has global society manifested such an urge to build mighty walls to safeguard sovereignty. At the same time, it has likewise invested vast sums of money and energy in technology and increasingly inventive methods to facilitate the traversal of these physical barriers. A resourcefully constructed film examining the very essence of the modern world in a contemplation of isolationism and the endless attempts to overcome it.
Directed by: Vardis Marinakis
Greece, 2019, 92min.
After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, he takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually leads them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. A touching tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy that will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere.