Peter Fonda coming to Febiofest

The festival’s full schedule has been announced and tickets are going on sale

UPDATE 20/03/2019 - Due to illness, Peter Fonda has canceled his appearances at Febiofest as he is unable to travel. As a result, he will not be introducing films or giving a masterclass. The planned screenings of three films including Easy Rider will take place as scheduled, but with no personal introduction.


Film legend Peter Fonda has joined the lineup of guests at Febiofest, which runs in Prague from March 21 to 29.

Most screenings are at CineStar Anděl with additional films at CineStar Černý Most, Ponrepo and Municipal Library cinemas. The invitational gala opening will be held at Prague’s Obecní dům. Over nine days the festival in Prague will show over 150 films in 16 sections.

The festival’s full schedule has been released, and festival passes are already available. Online ticket sales start on March 8.

Peter Fonda joins already announced guests Danish director Bille August and Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová. All three will receive the Kristián award for lifetime contribution to world cinema.

Fonda will receive his award at the opening ceremony.

During his stay at the festival, he will introduce screenings of the counterculture classic Easy Rider (1969), as well as the 1977 film Outlaw Blues and 1997 film Ulee's Gold. The latter film earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Fonda was also was nominated for an Oscar for the co-writing the screenplay for Easy Rider. He will give a master class on March 22.

Peter Fonda is the son of actor Henry Fonda, and brother of Jane Fonda. Former actress Bridget Fonda is his daughter.

Another newly announced festival guest is French actor-director Louis Garrel. He will present his latest directorial effort, A Faithful Man. He appears in the film along with Laetitia Casta and LilyRose Depp. The festival will also show his feature directorial debut Two Friends (2015) and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003), which he starred in as a young actor.

Many other filmmakers will also present their films.

The festival will open with the latest film starring Robert Redford called The Old Man & The Gun. David Lowery’s picture, based on a true story, stars Redford as a specialist in jailbreaks, which has earned him the admiration of the public. Redford announced that it would be the final film of his career.

The closing film will be Jon S. Baird’s biopic Stan and Ollie, based on comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s post-war tour of English theaters, when the pair had strained relations. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly play the comedians.

The festival’s main competition section, New Europe, features 10 pictures by emerging European filmmakers.

The winning film will be chosen by a jury of 33 film fans. The honorary chair of the jury this year is photographer Jan Saudek.

Serbian director Kosta Ristić’s Bandits in Search of Mom tells the story of four siblings who lose their home. Austrian director Sebastian Brauneis’ Sorcerer is a mysterious film about the human psyche. Greece’s Steve Krikris directed the neo-noir picture The Waiter.

João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora, who come from Portugal and Brazil, directed The Dead and the Others, featuring non-actors from a Brazilian tribe.

Latvian director Oskars Rupenheits’ crime comedy The Foundation of Criminal Excellence is set in the socialist era. Sweden’s The Cake General, by Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson, shows a town attempting to shake off its boring reputation. The Scottish actress Karen Gillan wrote, directed and stars in The Party’s Just Beginning. The Danish picture Holiday, by Isabella Eklöf, is about the violence and humiliation toward women.

Take It Or Leave It, by Latvian director Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, is about a father and his new born-daughter. The final competition film is By a Sharp Knife by Teodor Kuhn.

The Made in USA section turns the spotlight on US independent filmmakers and small pictures that have a distinctive direction and a personal view of their protagonists. This year, films with female leads dominate. The Kindergarten Teacher by Sara Colengelo is about an ambitious educator played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. In Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux we follow the career of a pop star played by Natalie Portman. Lizzie by Craig William Macneill, starring Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny, is about a maid at the end of the 19th century.

The festival will present 10 new films by world-famous directors in the Master's section.

France is best represented with four films, though three are English-language works.

Claire Denis made her first English film in High Life, with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, while Jacques Audiard has done likewise with Sisters Brothers, starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal. US director Julian Schnabel went to France to shoot At Eternity’s Gate, starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh. The only director who stayed loyal to his country and language was Olivier Assayas, with the typical French conversational comedy Non-Fiction.

These are just some of the highlights in the main sections.

A full schedule can be found at www.febiofest.cz/en and updates will be at www.facebook.com/events

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