Prague Independent Film Festival Kicks Off This Week
A newcomer on the Prague film festival scene will be in the spotlight this week as the Prague Independent Film Festival kicks off its second annual edition in the friendly confines of arthouse cinema Kino Evald.
Humble beginnings: the fest will consist of four feature films along with a few dozen shorts separated into categories of live action, animation, documentary, experimental, and music video.
In 2016, the Russian drama The Sinking of Sozopol from writer-director Kostadin Bonev took home the festival’s inaugural Grand Prix.
This year, films competing for the top prize include the Russian art collector drama Collector, directed by Alexey Krasovsky and starring Konstantin Khabensky, who rose to fame as the lead in Timur Bekmambetov’s blockbuster Night Watch.
Collector premiered at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it won a special award from the critic’s group FEDEORA (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and Mediterranean).
Other features screening at Kino Evald this weekend include the Pakistani biopic Mah e Mir, from director Anjum Shahzad, Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak's US drama Maya Dardel, starring Lena Olin and Rosanna Arquette, and Milos Radovic's Serbian comedy Train Driver's Diary.
The directors of Maya Dardel and Train Driver's Diary will be on hand to introduce their films at the festival.
All films will be screened in English-friendly versions (in English or with English subtitles).
The fest kicks off on August 3 at Kino Evald with a screening of Collector; each screening will be preceded (or followed) by a selection of short films in competition. An awards ceremony will follow the screening of the final feature film on Sunday evening.
Here’s the full schedule; each feature will begin at 19:00 at Evald:
- August 3: Collector
- August 4: Mah e Mir
- August 5: Maya Dardel
- August 6: Train Driver’s Diary
Lead pic: Lazar Ristovski and Tihomir Stanic in Train Driver's Diary