The 50th edition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will start tomorrow on the 3rd of July, bringing out the finest European films in the heart of the Czech Republic. As part of the acclaimed festival, European Film Promotion will be launching a new programme called Future Frames, which is representing 10 young, talented and emerging directors from the film schools around Europe.
The 10 film students and graduates will be representing the new generation of filmmaking. The directors will have the chance to introduce their films, meet the press and the most important people of the film industry.
Here are the 10 directors and their films:
- Patrick Vollrath: Everything Will Be Okay / Alles wird gut – 30′ – Film Academy Vienna (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna), Austria
Michael stands in front of a house. He rings the bell. He waits. Nobody opens. He rings again. But nothing happens. Then suddenly Lea, a little eight year old girl, exits the house. She is followed by her mom. Lea jumps into Michael’s arms happily. „Daddy!”. He hugs her. Then the two drive off. It pretty much seems like every second weekend. But after a while Lea can’t help but feeling that something is just not right.
- Raphaël Crombez: Perdition Country – 25′ – LUCA School of Arts, Belgium
Perdition County is an atmospheric story focusing on a foot soldier, named Desmond, who defects from his band of scalp-collecting pilgrims. He sets out on an odyssey to freedom, throughout the endless landscapes of a fictional county, and attempts to reclaim his humanity.
- Ondřej Hudeček: Peacock – 26′ – FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Czech Republic
Bohemia, 19th Century. Ladislav, the mischievous son of a landlord, terrorizes the village with cruel jokes. War breaks and Ladislav is forced to hide in a monastery, where he unexpectedly discovers his hidden desires. He returns home and befriends Jan, a sensitive young poet. Together they experience moments of undiluted happiness. However, passionate Ladislav soon
becomes jealous and his endeavor to dominate Jan triggers a series of grievous events… A dramatic history of the rise of one of the most influential Czech writers, paved with flesh, bones and blood. A black comedy based on a true story, a queer literary encyclopedia, and a historical picture book in one.
- Konstantina Kotzamani: Washingtonia – 24′ – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Washingtonia starts when the giraffes heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because it’s heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.
- Mátyás Szabó: The Border / Határ – 24′ – SZFE Budapest University of Drama and Film, Hungary
A prisoner by the name of Maydan has the fortunate chance to escape from his guard. But, still chained to a handcar, he is forced to follow the rails. He has no way of knowing who is friend and who is enemy, or whether the girl he meets will help him to evade the law.
- James Fitzgerald: Skunky Dog – 25′ – Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Ireland
Set in a small fishing town in rural Ireland, Flick, a nineteen year old school dropout, spends his days drinking in the local pub, amongst older degenerates of the town; Shooter and Ham being the head-hunters. Flick lives in a broken home. His mother is living God-knows-where and his father, Joe Doyle, is a man plagued by violence and alcohol. Everyone expects Flick to turn out the same way. Nico Murphy, a local mechanic, see’s potential in Flick and offers him the odd bit of work, when he can. From fear of ridicule, this position becomes a challenge for Flick as Nico’s sexual orientation is a topic of debate amongst the local community. When Flick meets Sue, a forty-two year old widow with two children, his world is turned upside down. Their acquaintance becomes sexual and for the first time in Flick’s life, things are looking up. Perhaps she sees something in Flick that others don’t. It doesn’t take long for Flick’s destructive drinking behaviour to send things spiralling downwards, leading him to believe that he may never make something of his life or leave this dead-end town.
- Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel: Bird Hearts – 25′ – Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Norway
Benjamin and Maya share a life and an apartment in the center of Oslo. On the occasion of Benjamin’s 26th birthday, Tobias – Benjamin’s younger and more successful brother — comes to visit for the weekend. During a late night dinner party with friends, Maya tells a story about a sexual experience she had in Brazil. As a consequence, Benjamin’s insecurities and vulnerabilities begin to surface. Bird Hearts is a film about gender roles and jealousy, sex and family – and the tricky power of the stories lovers tell.
- Martina Buchelova: Green Line – 12′ – VSMU – Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia
Picture of an overworked woman, living alone with her son and old father. She struggles with everyday problems until fantasy wins over her. Or not?
- Jerry Carlsson: All We Share – 25′ – Valand Academy (University of Gothenburg), Sweden
Two arborists, Samir and Sara, are hired to cut down a healthy tree in a family’s backyard. Why the family wants the tree removed seems at first quite incomprehensible, yet the wife is determined, while the husband behaves rather strangely. It’s obvious there’s something they don’t want to talk about. While taking the tree down, Samir observes the backyard and the people he meets.
- Moïra Pitteloud: The Offer – 14′ – HEAD Genève, Switzerland
Sami, a young Swiss-Algerian man, goes to Bern to apply for a position in the Swiss Bureau of Intelligence. Applicants vying for the position are not allowed to discuss the recruitment process. But when he returns home, Sami can’t help telling his family about his employment possibility. All hell breaks loose. As the recruitment process becomes increasingly obscure, Sami is forced to wonder why he is being sought out for the position. Is it because of his qualifications or because of his Arab/Muslim background?
For more information, visit the official page of Future Frames, by European Film Promotion. All the synopsis is from the official website.