Karlovy Vary 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Dates:
June 28-July 6

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

IMMORTAL

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.

GOLD IS ALL THERE IS

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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