Czech films at festivals: Major titles feature in Busan, Warsaw or London

04 October 2022

Czech Film

Czech films at festivals: Major titles feature in Busan, Warsaw or London

Czech Film

Czech films at festivals: Major titles feature in Busan, Warsaw or London

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During the busy autumn season, Czech films are presented at big festivals all around the world. While the prestigious Busan IFF screens BANGER. and Victim, Warsaw IFF will give floor to 7 Czech films and co-productions, including brand-new films Shadowplay and Those Who Dance in the Dark. Czech films are also present on the menu of BFI London, Zurich FF and Reykjavík IFF, and they also feature in the programs of key North American events in Chicago, Vancouver or Austin.

International premiere of Czech feature film BANGER., written and directed by Adam Sedlák, takes place at Busan International Film Festival (October 5-14), which selected the comedy-drama for World Cinema section. The prestigious Korean festival also screens Slovak-Czech suspenseful drama Victim, directed by Michal Blaško, in the Flash Forward competition.

The recently announced selection of this year’s Warsaw Film Festival (October 14-23) features 7 Czech and co-production films. Both Jan Svěrák's comedy Bethlehem Light and a brand-new Czech thriller by Peter Bebjak, Shadowplay, will celebrate international premieres in Warsaw’s International Competition. Warsaw’s Documentary Competition will host the world premiere of Czech documentary Those Who Dance in the Dark by Jana Ševčíková, and Czech animation will also be visibly represented in Warsaw – the Cinema Family Weekend section has selected the Slovak-Belgian-Czech feature Journey to Yourland by Peter Budinský and shorts Mom Is Always Right by Marie Urbánková and Suzie in the Garden by Lucie Sunková. Furthermore, Ukrainian-Czech-Croatian-Swedish drama Butterfly Vision appears in the Competition 1-2.

It is a busy season for Butterfly Vision, which will also be screened at upcoming BFI London Film Festival (October 5-16) along with Suzie in the Garden and another short Yung Michal by Štěpán FOK Vodrážka. Nakonechnyi’s feature drama also appears in the programs of Montreal Festival de Nouveau Cinema (October 5-16), Zurich FF (September 22 – October 2) or CinEast (6-23 October). While Swiss festival screened alongside Butterfly Vision also Journey to Yourland and minority co-production documentary The Killing of a Journalist, Luxembourgish traditional event will hold an extensive focus on Czech cinema this year. Occupation and 107 Mothers have been selected for CinEast’s main competition and other various sections of the festival include: celebrated docs Every Single Minute and The Visitors, Vojtěch Mašek’s new drama Arved, festival favourites Il Boemo, Borders of Love, Nightsiren, The Word, Zatopek, The Last Race or Marocco, and shorts Sisters, Paradise on Earth, Shells or aforementioned Suzie in the Garden.

Lucie’s Sunková animated short is also a sought-after title these days since it also appears in the programme of Reykjavik IFF (September 29 - October 9), alongside with Lucie Králová’s docu-opera Kapr Code. Another short film, Sand Pie by Kateřina Karhánková, which is both animated and live-action, will be presented at Cinekid festival (October 15-30), the world's largest festival for children and youth. In Amsterdam, the spectators will also see Slovak-Czech animated feature The Websters Movie by Katarína Kerekesová.

Czech films are also making their way to major events across the Atlantic. Chicago International Film Festival (October 12-23), North American longest-running competitive event, will screen Somewhere over the Chemtrails by Adam Koloman Rybanský and The Visitors by Veronika Lišková in the US premiere, and it also includes minority co-production The Killing of a Journalist. Ongoing Vancouver International Film Festival (September 29 – October 9) gives floor to The Word (North American premiere) by Beata Parkanová and Zatopek by David Ondříček in Panorama, Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits and The Killing of a Journalist in the Insights section, a short Island of Freedom by Petr Januschka (screened in North American premiere) and Nightsiren by Tereza Nvotová, which celebrates Canadian premiere in the Vanguard competitive section.

The Golden Leopard-winning mystery drama is also making its way to world-famous festivals focused on the fantasy and horror genre. Nightsiren was already screened at Fantastic Fest Austin (September 22-29) and Portuguese MotelX (September 6-12), now it is heading to Spain to compete at Sitges film festival (October 6-16), where it will be accompanied by Czech minority co-production animated short Scale by Joseph Pierce.

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