Prague Independent Film Festival coming to Lucerna

The third edition of the festival offers films made outside of the studio system

The Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF) will take place for the third time, with screenings now at kino Lucerna from Aug. 5 to 7.

Most of the films will be presented by the directors and producers, who will answer questions.

The festival's opening film is I May Regret, by American independent director Graham Streeter.

The drama is about an elderly woman with dementia convinced her nurse is up to no good. The film recently won the Grand Prize at the Vienna Independent Film Festival.

Streeter plans to shoot his next film, called The Month of April, in various European cities, including Prague, and invites anyone who is interested in film work to meet him before the opening screening at the reception in the cafe at kino Lucerna. The title refers to a character named April.

The festival also includes three other features as well as a documentary and shorts.

Russian investor, director and actor Dmitry Falkovich's film Ivanov is a semi-autobiographical art-house tale about a businessman who decides to escape from Russia.

Serge Ioan Celebidachi directed the Romanian film Octav, about an 80-year old musician who returns to his family home after decades. Moments from his childhood intermingle with scenes from the present.

The film Rosemarie, by director Yiannis Kokkinos of Cyprus, looks at a burned out soap opera writer who finds inspiration by watching his neighbors, but he sees more than he expected or probably should.

The documentary film The Ballad of a Righteous Merchant by Herbert Golder shows director Werner Herzog working on his 2009 film My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, inspired by the bizarre story of murderer Mark Yavorsky, who killed his mother with a sword.

Golder has known Herzog for over 28 years and also co-wrote the script of My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

There are also three sets of short films and music videos. The music video #Instagram, directed by Valeriya Gai Germanika, will be presented by the singer Diana Arbenina from the Russian rock group Nochnye Snaipery (Night Snipers).

The festival ends with an award ceremony.

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