Karlovy Vary 2019: Documentary Overview

The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

June 28-July 6

Documentaries make up about a third of the new offerings of this A List event in the Czech Republic.


The fest’s Documentary Films Competition includes eight world premieres out of 10 titles: Martin Mareček’s OVER THE HILLS, which follows a Czech father as he brings his son to Russia to visit his estranged wife and daughter; Ksenia Okhapkina’s IMMORTAL, an essay about life and control in a Russian industrial city; Yuriy Shylov’s PROJECTIONIST, a portrait of the projectionist at Kyiv’s oldest cinema; Laila Pakalniņa’s SPOON, a dialogue-free exploration of the plastic spoon; Yrsa Roca Fannberg’s THE LAST AUTUMN, a fable like look at an elderly couple in remote Iceland; Marc Schmidt’s IN THE ARMS OF MORPHEUS, an exploration of people with sleep disorders; Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti’s UP TO DOWN, about three marginalized people in Naples; and Liu Feifang’s THE FADING VILLAGE, an observational portrait of a Chinese mountain village.


Other nonfiction offerings include Pavol Pekarčík’s hybrid SILENT DAYS, in the East of the West Competition, which focuses on deaf people on the fringes of society; and, in the Another View section, both Andrea Caccia’s GOLD IS ALL THERE IS, which follows several individuals within nature; and Gastón Solnicki’s INTRODUZIONE ALL’OSCURO, the director’s playful ode to his late friend.

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