The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
June 30-July 8
The Czech Republic’s A List film event offers approximately two dozen documentaries among its more than 125 new and recent features.
Among the world premieres in the event’s doc competition are Gustavo Salmerón’s LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY, AND A CASTLE (pictured), about the filmmaker’s eccentric mother and family; Vít Klusák’s THE WHITE WORLD ACCORDING TO DALIBOREK, a portrait of an Everyman Czech neo-Nazi; and Orban Wallace’s ANOTHER NEWS STORY, which explores the impact of sensationalizing news on its reporters.
Making their international premieres in competition are Alexandru Solomon’s TARZAN’S TESTICLES (pictured), an essay about humans and primates grounded in a legendary Soviet research center; Lionel Rupp’s A CAMPAIGN OF THEIR OWN, an observational portrait of Bernie Sanders supporters; and Maryam Goormaghtigh’s BEFORE SUMMER ENDS, a comedic road trip following a group of friends back to Iran after studying in France.
Nonfiction appearing in non-competitive strands includes work in the experimental section, Imagina, such as Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s SOMNILOQUIES, about a man’s penchant for sleep-talking; and Paul Anton Smith’s HAVE YOU SEEN MY MOVIE? (pictured), which compiles film clips set within movie theatres.