Febiofest tickets go on sale

The biggest film festival in the Czech Republic starts March 23

Tickets to Febiofest go on sale March 16 at noon at CineStar Anděl and Černý Most, and online at 8 pm the same day. The 24th edition of Febiofest itself runs from March 23 to 31 in Prague, with most films at CineStar Anděl. Other screenings are at CineStar Černý Most and Ponrepo. The invitational opening is at the Municipal House.

The festival will have 155 films from 55 countries in 573 screenings in Prague and in other cities in the Echoes festival that goes to the regions. The Prague festival has 18 sections, including three for profiles of festival guests.

The full schedule has been announced as well as new guests. Director Emir Kustrica will present his new film On the Milky Road, a love story starring Monica Bellucci and the director. Prague-born cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger, who has worked with director Werner Herzog since the mid-1990s, will present Herzog's new film Salt and Fire, about an ecological disaster. Both films will be part of a new section at the festival called Masters.

The masters section also includes 10 more films from Andrzej Wajda, Paul Verhoeven, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Paul Verhoeven, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Alejandro Jodorowsky and others, though these directors are not scheduled to attend. A digitally restored version of Blue Velvet will also be in this section.

Another announced guest is novelist and screenwriter Patrick Ness, who will present the upcoming film A Monster Calls, which stars Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver. The English-language Spanish-American co-production is based on the award winning children's book.

These guests join the previously announced cult director Abel Ferrara, cinematographer Peter Suschitzky and actor Jan Tříska, who will receive Kristián Award for Contribution to the World Cinema. These three will also have retrospectives of their work shown at the festival. Director Agnieszka Holland is another prominent guest and her new film Spoor will open the festival.

Filmmakers and other guests this year will be meeting with the public for discussions at a new venue, Radlická Kulturní Sportovna, not far from CineStar Anděl.

The closing film will be Mike Mills' new indie comedy 20th Century Women starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig. The film is set in the 1970s in California.

There will be pre-premieres of nearly 20 foreign titles in the Central Park section including The Zookeeper’s Wife, a drama set in World War II that was shot in Prague, the courtroom drama Denial with Rachel Weisz, the black comedy Small Town Killers and the action film Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender. The Slovak-Czech-Hungarian drama The Little Harbour by Iveta Grofová, a recent winner at the Berlinale, will also be part of this section.

The New Europe section will present first and second films of European filmmakers. These will compete for prize money. The Czech Republic and Slovakia are represented in this section by Filthy from director Tereza Nvotová.

The new Panorama section introduces films that had their world premiere at international festivals last year. These include Like a Movie, a feature-length experimental film by Czech visual artist Tomáš Svoboda.

The Queer Now section will have films that focus on LGBT issues. It features a retelling of a scandal in the American porn industry, King Cobra, featuring James Franco, Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald.

Made in USA focuses on American cinema by independent filmmakers, showing an alternative to big budget cinema. The film Christine by Antonio Campos is one highlight.

The Night Circus section includes horror and post-apocalyptic dramas. The Balkans and Asia are also focuses of sections.

Human rights will also be recognized with the Amnesty International Award. Organizers in particular want to draw attention to the imprisonment of Iranian filmmaker Keywan Kerami.

There is also a culinary cinema section, with three films followed by meals at hotel andel's by Vienna House Prague.

For more information, visit www.febiofest.cz/en.

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