The 53rd annual Karlovy Vary Film Festival has revealed its competition line-up, with eight docs to hold their world premieres at the Czech festival.
Vitaly Mansky, a previous winner at the festival for his film Pipeline, returns to Karlovy Vary with the world premiere of Putin’s Witnesses (pictured). The film, a Lativa/Switzerland/Czech Republic copro, brings together witness accounts of various events that have unfolded since Vladimir Putin took presidential power in Russia.
Bridges of Time, from directors Audrius Stonys and Kristīne Briede, will also have its world premiere at the fest. The Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia copro is being billed as a “meditative documentary essay portrays the less remembered generation of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave.”
Other world premieres include Dream Away, a Germany/Egypt copro from directors Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke which looks at how the Arab Spring and political upheaval has impacted an Egyptian summer resort; Breaking News, from Czech Republic director Tomáš Bojar, which looks at how two rival news organizations cover the story of the Czech president’s decision regarding running for re-election; The Swing, helmed by Lebanon’s Cyril Avis, which chronicles a family dealing with aging parents and a sudden tragedy; Inside Mosul from Czech director Jana Andert, who spent eight months with an Iraqi Army unit as it took part in the battle for the Northern Iraq city; Switzerland/Austria copro Walden, a study of nature composed of only 13 360-degree panning shots, helmed by Daniel Zimmermann; and Treasure Island from France’s Guillaume Brac, which documents the activity and individuals at a recreation center near Paris during summer.
The remaining documentaries in competition include The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life, a Germany/Mexico copro helmed by Zita Erffa which studies an eroded bond between siblings; Cielo, a Canada/Chile coproduction from director Alison McAlpine that takes viewers to the Chilean desert of Atacama, one of the best locations on the planet for stargazing; In the Stillness of Sounds from France’s Stéphane Manchematin and Serge Steyer, which provides a “discourse on the tranquility of the forest” through the work of a biologist/sound engineer; and Yuqi Kang’s A Little Wisdom, a Nepal/Canada copro and Hot Docs award winner that takes its cameras to a Nepalese Buddhist monastery that houses monks and male orphans up to the age of 16.
The 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival takes place from June 29-July 7 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. For more information, click here.