Be2Can presents film festival winners

Audiences have a chance to see competition films from Berlin, Venice and Cannes

Be2Can stands for Berlin, Benátky (Venice) and Cannes. From Oct. 6 to 12 films from those three top-level festivals will be at the Evald and Lucerna cinemas in Prague, and in other cities across the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The festival is in its third year.

English-friendly films at the festival are 24 Weeks; American Honey; Hedi; I, Daniel Blake; The Unknown Girl; After the Storm;
Death in Sarajevo; Toni Erdmann; Being 17; From Afar; and Neon Demon, according to the festival organizers.

Be2Can presents festival films using multi-platform distribution through cinema, TV, VOD and DVD. The festival's goal is to provide the audience a chance to see films that are not screened within standard distribution and to provide a platform for discussion.

The festival will also have a special guest. Tunisian director Mohamed Ben Attia will present his film Hedi, which won the Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale this year. He will be at Lucerna on October 7 at 7:15 pm to introduce his film. Hedi is about an introvert young man who stands up against conventions of arranged marriage after he meets a liberal-minded dancer. The film is described as an emancipation love story and a socio-political allegory.

Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival. Loach has built his career on examining social conditions. His latest film looks at two people caught up in the often humiliating process of getting social assistance in the UK. The film also won the alternative Palm DogManitarian award in the Palm Dog Awards for showcasing a three-legged dog named Shea in the film.

Death In Sarajevo won the Jury Grand Prize at Berlin, the second-most important prize at that festival. The film by director Danis Tanović uses a single building to explore conflicts in Europe. It has been compared in style to ensemble films by Robert Altman.

American Honey took the Jury Prize at Cannes. The unconventional road movie by Andrea Arnold stars Sasha Lane and Shia Labeouf. It is described as a picaresque post-millennial dream, a lyrical subculture odyssey and a euphoric iTunes musical rolled into one. The film shows the dark side of capitalism and poverty in the US.

The Venezuelan film From Afar earned the Golden Lion at Venice. The film is an atypical story of a wealthy middle-aged loner who becomes involved with a young man living on the streets of Caracas. Over the course of the film, they both try to heal the scars from their own pasts.

Another film of interest is Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning as an aspiring model in Los Angeles. Keanu Reeves has a supporting role. The psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn was in the main competition at Cannes. Director Refn also made Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives (2013), which both also competed at Cannes.

The festival also presents film in video on demand (VOD), on TV and on DVD. For more information and a schedule, visit

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