Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2024

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Kinds Of Kindness Kinds Of Kindness
Kinds Of Kindness and Holy Cow!
All We Imagine As Light (Country: France, India, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy; Year: 2024; Director: Payal Kapadia; Writer: Payal Kapadia; Stars: Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam, Hridhu Haroon, Azees Nedumangad, Anand Sami, Lovleen Mishra, Madhu Raja, Shweta Prajapati, Tintumol Joseph, Ardra K.S., Sisira Anil CK, Aparna Ram, Kashish Singh, Nikhil Mathew)
Triptych explores the lives of three women in Mumbai.
Architecton (Country: Germany, France; Year: 2024; Director: Victor Kossakovsky; Writer: Victor Kossakovsky)
A documentary meditation on architecture and how the design and construction of buildings from the ancient past reveals our destruction - and offers hope for survival.
The Balconettes (Year: 2024; Director: Noémie Merlant; Writer: Noémie Merlant; Stars: Souheila Yacoub, Noémie Merlant, Sanda Codreanu)
Three women get stuck in a Marseille apartment during a heatwave.
The Beast (La Bête) (Country: France, Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Bertrand Bonello; Writer: Bertrand Bonello, Guillaume Bréaud, Benjamin Charbit, based on the novel by Henry James; Stars: Léa Seydoux, George MacKay)
In the near future a woman decides to purify her DNA in a machine that takes her into her past lives. Then she meets Louis and feels a powerful connection, as if she had always known him.
Brief History Of A Family (Country: China, Denmark; Year: 2024; Director: Jianjie Lin; Writer: Jianjie Lin; Stars: Ke-Yu Guo, Feng Zu, Xilun Sun, Muran Lin)
A middle-class family’s fate becomes intertwined with their only son’s enigmatic new friend in post one-child policy China, putting unspoken secrets, unmet expectations, and untended emotions under the microscope.
Dying Dying
Dying and My Summer With Irène
Bye Bye Tiberias (Bye Bye Tibériade) (Country: Palestine, Belgium, Qatar, France; Year: 2023; Director: Lina Soualem; Writer: Lina Soualem, Nadine Naous, Gladys Joujou; Stars: Hiam Abbass)
Years after leaving her Palestinian village to pursue an acting career in France, Hiam Abbass returns home with her daughter, in this intimate documentary about four generations of women and their shared legacy of separation.
C'est Pas Moi (It's Not Me) (Country: France; Year: 2024; Director: Leos Carax; Writer: Leos Carax; Stars: Leos Carax, Denis Lavant, Nastya Golubeva Carax, Ekaterina Yuspina, Anna-Isabel Siefken, Bianca Maddaluno, Loreta Juodkaite, Petar Antevski)
Consideration of the filmmaker's own filmography.
Crossing (Country: Sweden, Denmark, France, Turkey, Georgia; Year: 2024; Director: Levan Akin; Writer: Levan Akin; Stars: Mzia Arabuli, Lucas Kankava, Deniz Dumanli)
A retired teacher, has promised to find her long-lost niece, Tekla. Her search takes her to Istanbul where she meets Evrim, a lawyer fighting for trans rights, and Tekla starts to feel closer than ever.
A Different Man (Country: US; Year: 2024; Director: Aaron Schimberg; Writer: Aaron Schimberg; Stars: Sebastian Stan, Renate Reinsve, Owen Kline, Adam Pearson, Marc Geller, Lawrence Arancio, Billy Griffith, Eleanore Pienta, John Keating, Juney Smith, Sergio Delavicci, Miles G. Jackson, Martin Ewens, Neal Davidson, Trenton Hudson)
Aspiring actor Edward undergoes a radical medical trial to drastically transform his appearance. But his new dream face quickly turns into a nightmare.
Direct Action (Country: France, Germany; Year: 2024; Director: Guillaume Cailleau, Ben Russell)
Documents the everyday lives of one of the most high-profile militant activist communities in France and asks whether the success of a radical protest movement can offer a path through the climate crisis.
A Different Man A Different Man
A Different Man and Architecton
Dying (Sterben) (Country: Germany; Year: 2024; Director: Matthias Glasner; Writer: Matthias Glasner; Stars: Lars Eidinger, Saskia Rosendahl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Corinna Harfouch, Anna Bederke, Lilith Stangenberg, Kailas Mahadevan, Tom Böttcher, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Robert Gwisdek, Jens Weisser, Karmela Shako, Sidney Fahlisch, Christopher Köberlein, Alina Hidic)
Ensemble drama about members of an estranged family.
Explanation For Everything (Magyarazat Mindendre) (Country: Hungary, Slovakia; Year: 2023; Director: Gábor Reisz; Writer: Gábor Reisz, Éva Schulze; Stars: Adonyi-Walsh Gáspár, István Znamenák, András Rusznák, Rebeka Hatházi, Krisztina Urbanovits, Eliza Sodró, Lilla Kizlinger, Dániel Király, Gergely Kocsis, Tamás Fodor, Péter Tarján, Zsuzanna Szager, Péter Szeiler, Tóth Péter, Tünde Bacskó)
A high school student's graduation exams spark scandal.
Favoriten (Country: Austria; Year: 2024; Director: Ruth Beckermann; Writer: Ruth Beckermann, Elisabeth Menasse; Stars: Ilkay Idiskut)
Documentary about a primary class in Vienna shot across three years.
Fingernails (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Christos Nikou; Writer: Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis, Sam Steiner; Stars: Jeremy Allen White, Annie Murphy, Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed, Luke Wilson, Katy Breier)
A woman who is increasingly unsure about her relationship secretly embarks on a new assignment working at a mysterious institute designed to incite and test the presence of romantic love in increasingly desperate couples.
Gasoline Rainbow (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross; Writer: Davey Ramsey, Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross; Stars: Tony Acierto, Micah Bunch, Nicole Duke, Nathaly Garcia, Makai Garza)
A group of teenagers go on a road trip.
All We Imagine As Light All We Imagine As Light
All We Imagine As Light and Who Do I Belong To
Girls Will Be Girls (Country: India; Year: 2024; Director: Shuchi Talati; Writer: Shuchi Talati; Stars: Kani Kusruti, Jitin Gulati, Kesav Binoy Kiron, Preeti Panigrahi)
In a strict boarding school nestled in the Himalayas, 16-year-old Mira discovers desire and romance. But her sexual, rebellious awakening is disrupted by her mother who never got to come of age herself.
The Girl With The Needle (Pigen med nålen) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2024; Director: Magnus von Horn; Writer: Line Langebek Knudsen, Magnus von Horn; Stars: Vic Carmen Sonne, Trine Dyrholm, Besir Zeciri, Ava Knox Martin, Joachim Fjelstrup, Tessa Hoder, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Thomas Kirk, Dan Jakobsen, Anna Tulestedt, Ari Alexander, Benedikte Hansen, Per Thiim Thim, Peter Secher Schmidt, Agnieszka Przyborowska-Mitrosz)
Gloria! (Country: Italy, Switzerland; Year: 2024; Director: Margherita Vicario; Writer: Anita Rivaroli, Margherita Vicario; Stars: Galatéa Bellugi, Carlotta Gamba, Veronica Lucchesi, Maria Vittoria Dallasta, Sara Mafodda, Paolo Rossi, Elio, Natalino Balasso, Anita Kravos, Vincenzo Crea, Jasmin Mattei, Gioele Pagura)
Set in a girls' boarding school in Venice at the end of the 18th century, the film tells the story of a woman who creates an extraordinary piece of music.
Grand Tour (Country: Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, China; Year: 2024; Director: Miguel Gomes; Writer: Telmo Churro, Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Babu Targino; Stars: Jani Zhao, Gonçalo Waddington, João Pedro Vaz, Teresa Madruga, Manuela Couto, Crista Alfaiate, Lang Khê Tran, Diogo Dória, Cláudio da Silva, Américo Silva, João Pedro Bénard, Jorge Andrade, Joana Bárcia, André Lourido, Giacomo Leone)
The travels of a civil servant after he runs away from his finacee.
Holy Cow! (Vingt Dieux!) (Country: France; Year: 2024; Director: Louise Courvoisier; Writer: Louise Courvoisier, Théo Abadie; Stars: Clément Faveau, Maïwène Barthelemy, Luna Garret, Mathis Bertrand, Dimitry Baudry), Trailer
After the sudden death of his father an 18-year-old finds himself looking after his sister... and changing his life.
Gasoline Rainbow Gasoline Rainbow
Gasoline Rainbow and The Beast
Housekeeping For Beginners (Domakinstvo za Pocetnici) (Country: North Macedonia, Sweden, Kosovo, Poland, Serbia, Croatia; Year: 2023; Director: Goran Stolevski; Writer: Goran Stolevski; Stars: Rozafa Celaj, Sara Klimoska, Anamaria Marinca, Mia Mustafi, Aleksandra Pesevska, Samson Selim, Alina Serban, Vladimir Tintor, Ajse Useini)
A lesbian suddenly finds herself responsible for her partner’s two daughters.
The Invasion (L’Invasion) (Country: Ukraine, Netherlands, France, US; Year: 2024; Director: Sergei Loznitsa)
Life in Ukraine under the shadow of war.
Julie Keeps Quiet (Julie zwijgt) (Country: Belgium, Sweden; Year: 2024; Director: Leonardo van Dijl; Writer: Ruth Becquart, Leonardo van Dijl; Stars: Tessa Van den Broeck, Grace Biot, Alyssa Lorette, Ruth Becquart, Koen De Bouw, Pierre Gervais, Claire Bodson, Laurent Caron)
As the star player at an elite tennis academy, Julie’s life revolves around the game she loves. When her coach falls under investigation and is suddenly suspended, all of the club's players are encouraged to speak up. But Julie decides to keep quiet…
Kinds Of Kindness (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2024; Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Writer: Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos; Stars: Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, Hunter Schafer, Krystal Alayne Chambers, Abi Beaux, Susan Elle, Merah Benoit, Jess Weiss, Victoria Harris, Tessa Bourgeois)
A triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.
Kneecap (Country: Ireland; Year: 2024; Director: Rich Peppiatt; Writer: Rich Peppiatt; Stars: Michael Fassbender, Simone Kirby, Jessica Reynolds, Josie Walker, Cliodhna McCorley, Mo Chara, Cathal Mercer, Móglaí Bap, Emer Casey, DJ Próvai, Arlene Martine Morris, Donagh Deeney, Saorlaoith Brady, Paul Murphy, Paul P. McCrystal)
There are 80,000 native Irish speakers in Ireland. 6,000 live in the North of Ireland. Three of them became a rap group called Kneecap. This anarchic Belfast trio becomes the unlikely figurehead of a civil rights movement to save the mother tongue.
Julie Keeps Quiet Julie Keeps Quiet
Julie Keeps Quiet and The Invasion
Living Large (Country: Czech Republic, France, Slovakia; Year: 2024; Director: Kristina Dufková; Writer: Mikaël Ollivier, Petr Jarchovský, Barbora Drevikovska, Anna Vásová; Stars: Hugo Kovács, Sebastian Pöthe, Agáta Tandlerová, Katarina Heinlein, Tatiana Dyková, David Novotný, Eliska Krenková, Prokop Zach, Ema Novotná, Matej Havelka, Andrej Patejdl, Klára Melísková, Martha Issová, Matej Ruppert, Simona Babcáková)
A 12-year-old takes drastic action over his weight in a bid to win the girl of his dreams.
Memory (Country: US, Mexico; Year: 2023; Director: Michel Franco; Writer: Michel Franco; Stars: Jessica Chastain, Peter Sarsgaard, Elsie Fisher, Merritt Wever, Josh Charles, Jessica Harper, Blake Baumgartner, Rand Faris, Davis Duffield, Brooke Timber, Elizabeth Loyacano, Billy Griffith, Ross Brodar, Johnny Vorsteg, Thomas Vorsteg)
A love-struck couple (attempt to build a relationship while dealing with trauma and dementia.
My Favourite Cake (Keyke mahboobe man) (Country: Iran, France, Sweden, Germany; Year: 2024; Director: Maryam Moghadam, Behtash Sanaeeha; Stars: Esmaeel Mehrabi, Lili Farhadpour)
A 70-year-old decides to break her solitary routine and revitalise her love life.
My Summer With Irène (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2024; Director: Carlo Sironi; Writer: Carlo Sironi, Silvana Tamma; Stars: Noée Abita, Maria Camilla Brandenburg, Claudio Segaluscio, Beatrice Puccilli, Anna De Luzio, Gabriele Rozzo)
Italy 1997. When 17-year-old Clara and Irene meet they are nothing alike but get on marvelously. They run away together to an island in Sicily to live their summer freely, and to hide from a reality they want to forget.
Nasty (Country: Romania; Year: 2024; Director: Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu, Tudor D Popescu; Writer: Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu; Stars: Ilie Nastase, Ion Tiriac, Jimmy Connors, Stan Smith, Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, Rafael Nadal, Boris Becker, Yannick Noah, Nadia Comaneci, Gheorghe Hagi, Marc Jenner, James Longshore, Cristian Tudor Popescu)
Documentary about tennis player Ilie Năstase.
Housekeeping For Beginners Housekeeping For Beginners
Housekeeping For Beginners and Fingernails
No Other Land (Country: Palestinian Territories; Year: 2024; Director: Yuval Abraham, Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Rachel Szor)
This film made by a Palestinian-Israeli collective shows the destruction of the West Bank’s Masafer Yatta by Israeli authorities and the unlikely alliance which develops between the Palestinian activist Basel and Israeli journalist Yuval.
On Becoming A Guinea Fowl (Country: UK, Zambia, Ireland; Year: 2024; Director: Rungano Nyoni; Writer: Rungano Nyoni)
Comedy family drama.
The Other Way Around (Volveréis) (Country: Spain; Year: 2024; Director: Jonás Trueba; Writer: Jonás Trueba; Stars: Itsaso Arana, Vito Sanz)
Relationship comedy sees a couple through a gathering to celebrate their break-up.
Parthenope (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2024; Director: Paolo Sorrentino; Writer: Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino; Stars: Gary Oldman, Stefania Sandrelli, Luisa Ranieri, Isabella Ferrari, Silvio Orlando, Dario Aita, Alessandro Cucca, Brando Improta, Paola Calliari, Celeste Dalla Porta, Peppe Lanzetta, Giampiero De Concilio, Biagio Izzo, Nello Mascia, Lorenzo Gleijeses)
Drama charts a woman's life in Naples from the Fifties onwards.
Pepe (Country: Dominican Republic, Namibia, Germany, France; Year: 2024; Director: Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias; Stars: Jhon Narváez, Sor María Ríos, Fareed Matjila, Harmony Ahalwa, Jorge Puntillón García)
A voice that claims to be from a hippopotamus. A voice that doesn’t understand the perception of time. Pepe, the first and last hippo killed in the Americas, tells his story with the overwhelming orality of these towns.
When The Light Breaks When The Light Breaks
When The Light Breaks and Rumours
Porcelain War (Country: US; Year: 2024; Director: Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev; Writer: Aniela Sidorska, Brendan Bellomo, Paula DuPré Pesmen, Slava Leontyev)
Under roaring fighter jets and missile strikes, Ukrainian artists Slava, Anya, and Andrey choose to stay behind and fight, contending with the soldiers they have become. Defiantly finding beauty amid destruction, they show that although it’s easy to make people afraid, it’s hard to destroy their passion for living.
The Rescue (El Rapto) (Country: Argentina, US; Year: 2023; Director: Daniela Goggi; Writer: Andrea Garrote, Daniela Goggi; Stars: Rodrigo de la Serna, Julieta Zylberberg, Jorge Marrale, Germán Palacios, Andrea Garrote, Carlos Garmendia)
Julio returns with his family to Argentina after the dictatorship falls. But when his brother is kidnapped, Julio must negotiate with the criminals.
Rumours (Country: Canada, Germany; Year: 2024; Director: Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin; Writer: Evan Johnson; Stars: Alicia Vikander, Cate Blanchett, Charles Dance, Takehiro Hira, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Denis Ménochet, Roy Dupuis, Zlatko Buric, Ralph Berkin, Rolando Ravello, Alexa Kennedy, Tomi Kosynus)
World leaders become stranded in the woods during a G7 summit.
Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Neo Sora; Stars: Ryuichi Sakamoto)
A concert film shot as Sakamoto battled cancer.
Santosh (Country: UK; Year: 2024; Director: Sandhya Suri; Writer: Sandhya Suri; Stars: Shahana Goswami, Sanjay Bishnoi)
Newly widowed Santosh inherits her husband’s job as a police constable in the rural badlands of Northern India. When a low caste girl is found raped and murdered, she is pulled into the investigation under the wing of charismatic feminist inspector Sharma.
The Story of Souleymane The Story of Souleymane
The Story of Souleymane and Brief History Of A Family
Shambhala (Country: Nepal, France, Norway, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, United States, Qatar; Year: 2024; Director: Min Bahadur Bham; Writer: Min Bahadur Bham, Abinash Bikram Shah; Stars: Thinley Lhamo, Sonam Topden, Tenzing Dalha, Karma Wangyal Gurung, Karma Shakya, Loten Namling, Tsering Choden, Choney Gurung, Phurba Tsepten Gurung, Tsering Lhamo Gurung, Tsering Choeble Towa, Janga Bahadur Lama)
A woman tries to find her husband after he disappears.
Silent Trilogy (Country: Finland; Year: 2024; Director: Juho Kuosmanen)
Trio of shorts.
Sleep With Your Eyes Open (Dormir de olhos abertos) (Country: Brazil, Taiwan, Argentina, Germany; Year: 2024; Director: Nele Wohlatz; Writer: Pío Longo, Nele Wohlatz; Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Liao Kai Ro, Shin-Hong Wang, Chen Xiao Xin, Lu Yang Zong)
A coastal city in Brazil. Fu Ang, Kai and Xiao Xin rarely meet in this quiet comedy of misunderstandings. Yet during a hot, slow summer, delicate bonds grow between them.
The Story of Souleymane (L’Histoire de Souleymane) (Country: France; Year: 2024; Director: Boris Lojkine; Writer: Boris Lojkine, Delphine Agut; Stars: Abou Sangare, Nina Meurisse, Alpha Oumar Sow Emmanuel Yovanie, Younoussa Diallo)
Two days in the life of a bike delivery guy who is trying to get asylum.
The Substance (Country: UK, US; Year: 2024; Director: Coralie Fargeat; Writer: Coralie Fargeat; Stars: Margaret Qualley, Dennis Quaid, Demi Moore, Hugo Diego Garcia, Joseph Balderrama, Oscar Lesage, Gore Abrams, Olivier Raynal, Vincent Colombe, Tiffany Hofstetter, Matthew Géczy, Tom Morton, Philip Schurer, Matthew Luret, Alexandra Papoulias Barton)
Feminist body horror.
The Village Next To Paradise The Village Next To Paradise
The Village Next To Paradise and Viet and Nam
Three Kilometres To The End Of The World (Country: Romania; Year: 2024; Director: Emanuel Parvu; Writer: Miruna Berescu; Stars: Laura Vasiliu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Adrian Titieni, Valeriu Andriuta, Ciprian Chiujdea)
A gay teenager's journey of self-discovery sees him clash with his parents.
Trust (Country: Italy; Year: 2024; Director: Daniele Luchetti; Writer: Domenico Starnone, Daniele Luchetti, Francesco Piccolo; Stars: Elio Germano, Pilar Fogliati, Vittoria Puccini, Isabella Ferrari, Federica Rosellini, Giordano De Plano, Roberto Latini, Luca Gallone, Bruno Orlando, Elena Arvigo, Elena Bouryka, Sofia Luchetti)
A teacher becomes romantically entangled with a former pupil.
Viet and Nam (Year: 2024; Director: Truong Minh Quý)
Nam and Việt are coal miners, working 300 meters below ground, where danger awaits, darkness prevails. Nam doesn’t want his future to continue with coal and hires someone to smuggle him to the western world.
The Village Next To Paradise (Country: France, Austria; Year: 2024; Director: Mo Harawe; Writer: Mo Harawe; Stars: Axmen Cali Faarax, Canab Axmed Ibraahin, Ahmed Mohamoud Salleban)
In a windy Somali village, a newly assembled family must navigate between their different aspirations and the complex world surrounding them.
When The Light Breaks (Country: Iceland, Netherlands, Croatia, France; Year: 2024; Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson; Writer: Rúnar Rúnarsson; Stars: Elín Hall, Katla Njálsdóttir, Mikael Kaaber, Ágúst Wigum, Gunnar Hrafn Kristjánsson, Baldur Einarsson)
From one sunset to another, Una, a young art student encounters love, friendship, sorrow and beauty.
Santosh Santosh
Santosh and The Substance
Who Do I Belong To (Mé el Aïn) (Country: Tunisia, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada; Year: 2024; Director: Meryam Joobeur; Writer: Meryam Joobeur; Stars: Salha Nasraoui, Mohamed Grayaâ, Malek Mechergui, Adam Bessa, Dea Liane, Rayene Mechergui, Mariem Jlassi Akkari, Neji Kanaweti, Hélène Catzaras, Noomen Hamda, Chakib Romdhani, Bahri Rahali, Imene Ghazouani)
Aïcha longs for the return of her oldest sons, Mehdi and Amine, who abandoned the household in search of war. Upon Mehdi's return, a looming darkness surfaces.
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