The 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) runs from June 29-July 7, 2012 in the Czech Republic. One of the oldest festivals in the world, it is ranked by FIAPF (the International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as one the most prestigious world film festivals and is considered an important film event in Central and Eastern Europe.
While the festival does not accept short narrative films, Documentary Films in Competition include both short films under 30 minutes and feature-length films over 30 minutes.
Two Czech films will compete in the feature-length documentary competition in the 2012 edition. This includes the world premiere of Pavel Abrahám and Tomáš Bojar’s, Two Nil (Dva nula) the filmmakers behind the mash-up doc, Ceská RAPublika which won the Best Documentary Film award at the 2009 Pilsen Film Festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
Directed by Abrahám and written by Bojar, Two Nil (Dva nula) is a portrait of Czech society told through the lens of soccer fans that watch a game between Prague’s Sparta and Slavia teams.
Esteemed filmmaker, Helena Třeštíková will also screen Private Universe (Soukromý vesmír) a documentary that captures 37 years in the life of the Kettner family and uses extensive archival footage to examine changing Czech society throughout that period. A family diary served as the foundation for the film. Private Universe (Soukromý vesmír) had its international premiere at Hot Docs, 2012.
See an interview with Helena Třeštíková here.
Winner of the Best Documentary from KVIFF 2006 Timo Novotny (Life in Loops) will screen, Trains of Thoughts billed by the festival as an “audiovisual essay [that] takes us on a journey through the subways of several world cities, discovering what makes them unique. This whimsical movie stands out for its effective interplay of music and image.” Original soundtrack by Sofa Surfers
The 1980s East German skateboard scene is the subject of This Ain´t California by director Marten Persiel. This Ain´t California was awarded the Dialogue en perspective prize at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. The jury of that festival awarded the prize because of the film’s “visual strength and the stylistic confidence of its editing. With gripping dynamics, it mixes personal history with the collective memory of the German Democratic Republic”. In their words, “We’ve rarely been so splendidly manipulated.”
See a full list of films selected for the 2012 Documentary Film in Competition, with descriptions courtesy of the festival.
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