Be2Can film festival coming to Prague

Highlights from the three big European festivals will be shown

Movies from the Berlin, Venice and Cannes international film festivals will be on the screens of Prague cinemas. Not everybody has a chance to attend the famous top film festivals, so Be2Can selects the best films and brings them to Czech and Slovak cinemas.

If the name Be2Can is confusing, it is because Venice is Benátky in Czech. Then there's two “Be's” for Berlin and Venice, and “Can” for Cannes.

The aim of the festival is to increase awareness of what is happening on the festival scene.

The films on the big screen are the most interesting and will be screened in Prague cinemas Lucerna, Světozor, and Evald from Oct. 4 to 10. The festival also presents films on TV, video on demand (VOD) and DVD. For festival screenings, many of the films will have English subtitles as well as Czech ones.

This year the festival brings 10 films in the main section that are English friendly.

The opening film of the festival is The Square from the Swedish director Ruben Östlund. This comedy-drama set in the art world won the Palme d'Or at this year’s Cannes film festival.

Another highlight is The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. The film picked up a Best Screenplay award at Cannes earlier this year. The cast features Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. The plot involves a successful surgeon who strikes up an odd relationship with a strange local boy.

Robin Campillo’s drama 120 Beats Per Minute touches upon AIDS in France in the 1990s. The movie won four awards at Cannes including the Grand Prix and the FIPRESCI Prize.

One of the best-reviewed films from this year's Cannes festival is You Were Never Really Here, from Scottish director Lynne Ramsey, who previously made We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her new film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled war veteran who now rescues women from sex trafficking.

Loveless from the Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev won a Jury Prize at Cannes. Two parents who no longer live together have to look for their missing son.

On Body and Soul, from Hungarian director, Ildikó Enyedi won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin film festival. The romantic black comedy set in a slaughterhouse has had strong reactions from the audience and is now shown with a warning for those sensitive to graphic imagery.

The audience will also have a chance to see the four-hour black-and-white revenge drama The Woman Who Left, by Lav Diaz. It won the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice film festival. The film from the Philippines deals with a wrongly convicted woman now out of prison, and the ongoing kidnapping crisis.

Other films to be screened at Be2Can 2017 include A Gentle Creature from Ukrainian filmmaker Sergej Loznica, Jeanette from Bruno Dumont, Western from director Valeska Grisebach, and The Unknown Girl from Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. The Be2Can festival started in 2014.

The schedule for English-friendly films is available here: www.be2can.eu/em/festival/movies.

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