Febiofest announces guests, new categories

Abel Ferrara,Agnieszka Holland and Peter Suschitzky will receive awards

The 24th edition of the Febiofest film festival will run from March 23 to 31, with most screenings at CineStar Anděl. Several guests and new sections have been announced.

One of the first announced guests is American cult director Abel Ferrara, who will receive the Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema at the gala opening. Febiofest is presenting several of the Bronx native's films, including the documentary Searching for Padre Pio, the crime film Bad Lieutenant featuring Harvey Keitel, and the biopic Pasolini starring Willem Defoe as the controversial Italian director. Ferrara has been based in Italy in recent years.

The opening will take place at the Municipal House (Obecní dům) on March 23 with the Czech premiere of Spoor, the new film by Polish director Agnieszka Holland featuring Czech actor Miroslav Krobot. Director Holland, screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and others will be present at the gala screening of the dark detective story set in rural Poland.

Febiofest is working with the Berlinale for the third year on the Culinary Cinema section, which combines cinema and cuisine. The section will take place March 24–26 with three films including the documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, about the Danish restaurant. Ticket sales for this section have begun via the Ticketportal network.

The festival’s includes seven films by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, who will also get the Kristián Award. The retrospective includes the horror film Tale of Tales starring Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel, as well as Naked Lunch and Eastern Promises. The latter two films are by director David Cronenberg, with whom Suschitzky has collaborated since the late 1980s.

This year’s festival includes a number of new sections. The Central Park section focuses on mainstream films and distribution premieres. It includes the British film Sing Street about a generational revolt in mid-1980s Ireland by director John Carney. Polina explores adolescence and dance, and was made by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The same section features the Slovak-Czech-Hungarian drama Little Harbor by Iveta Grofová, which is also being shown in the Generation Kplus section at this year’s Berlinale.

The new Night Circus section of midnight movies offers a mix of bizarre comedies, action and gory films such as Prevenge directed by UK comedian Alice Lowe. Music lovers can look forward to Hi-Fi Docs. This section includes Oasis: Supersonic, about the private lives of the band, the film The Man from Mo'Wax, centered on the British music label, and a portrait of rock icon Janis Joplin in Janis.

The Panorama section will focus on current trends in festival films and will include Angela Schanelec’s latest film, The Dreamed Path, which was screened at several festivals including Toronto. Locarno winner The Human Surge will be introduced by Argentinean director Eduard Williams.

Also new is the Masters section, presenting the latest works by world-renowned directors. Two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee's new film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Werner Herzog’s environmental thriller Salt and Fire are part of this section.

Febiofest will also focus on regions such as Asia, the Balkans and Scandinavia. The New Europe main competition showcases 10 promising European debuts. Roughly 150 films will be screened within the program.

The chairman of the jury will be the Czech director Juraj Herz, whose works were part of the Czech New Wave and who is known for The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol), Oil Lamps (Petrolejové lamp), and Beauty and the Beast (Panna a netvor).

Applications to join the jury can be made through the festival website until Feb. 28. Anybody over the age of 15, regardless of educational background, profession or interests, is eligible to become a juror. People can sign up to take part in the “You’re the Filmmaker” competition until Feb. 15. The maker of the winning short film will take home Kč 50,000.

Those who voted online for which restored film would be at the festival should be pleased to know Blue Velvet was the winner, chosen from a list of seven titles.

Festival films will later be shown in 13 cities and towns throughout the Czech Republic, concluding in Zlín on April 23.


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