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Gondry’s Mood Indigo Opens, while Wheatley, Edmands, Heinzerling Pack Karlovy Vary’s 48th Edition

Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours) was a surprise no-show in Cannes this year (his film debuted theatrically in France the previous month) but the stage is set for an opening gala opening ceremony for the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Among the slew of titles that were announced today, at the top of must see list we find Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England making its world premiere in the Main Competition category, a pic we thought would end up showing on the Croisette. Another item we had short-listed for a Cannes showing but will be shown in the Spa village backdrop, we have János Szasz’s The Notebook, and making it’s international debut after a stellar Tribeca debut, Lance Edmands’ Bluebird will compete against a pack that also includes hometown favorite Jan Hřebejk and his his psychological thriller Honeymoon. In the Docu Film Comp we find one of our favorites of the year so far in the Sundance preemed Cutie and the Boxer by helmer Zachary Heinzerling, and for those who want to further explore sex tourism that Ulrich Seidl touched upon with Paradise: Love, helmer Emil Langballe’s Beach Boy will surely make for an uncomfortable sit. Here’s the line-up:

Official Selection – Competition
11.6 – Director: Philippe Godeau
Bluebird – Director: Lance Edmands
A Field in England – Director: Ben Wheatley
Le grand cahier – Director: János Szász
Honeymoon – Director: Jan Hřebejk
A Place in Heaven – Director: Joseph Madmony
The Value of Time – Director: Xavier Bermúdez
Papusza – Director: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Sources of Life – Director: Oskar Roehler
September – Penny Panayotopoulou
Shame – Director: Yusup Razykov
The Priest’s Children – Director: Vinko Brešan
Viva la liberta – Director: Roberto Ando
XL – Director: Marteinn Thorsson

East of the West – Films in Competition
Adria Blues – Director: Miroslav Mandić
The Arbiter – Director: Kadri Kõusaar
Dual – Director: Nejc Gazvoda
The Girl from the Wardrobe – Director: Bodo Kox
Intimate Parts – Director: Natalia Merkulova, Alexey Chupov
The Unsaved – Igor Cobileanski
The Sea – Director: Aleksandra Strelyanaya
Withering – Director: Miloš Pušić
Paradjanov – Director: Olena Fetisova, Serge Avedikian
Floating Skyscrapers – Tomasz Wasilewski
Velvet Terrorists – Director: Peter Kerekes, Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský
Miracle – Director: Juraj Lehotský

Documentary films in Competition
Beach Boy – Director: Emil Langballe
Cutie and the Boxer – Director: Zachary Heinzerling
DK – Director: Bára Kopecká
As You Like It – Director: Paula Onet
Exhibits or Stories from the Castle – Director: Pavol Korec
Gangster of Love – Director: Nebojša Slijepčević
The Day Has Conquered the Night – Director: Jean-Gabriel Périot
Captain Kang – Director: Won Ho-yeon
Cathedrals – Director: Konrad Kästner
Kiran – Director: Bettina Timm, Alexander Riedel
Lalkarz / The Man Who Made Angels Fly – Director: Wiktoria Szymańska
The Manor – Director: Shawney Cohen
My Fathers, My Mother & Me – Director: Paul-Julien Robert
Moon Rider – Director: Daniel Dencik
Rogalik – Director: Paweł Ziemilski
Truba / Pipeline – Director: Vitaly Manskiy

Forum of Independents
Au nom du fils / In the Name of the Son – Director: Vincent Lannoo
Las cosas como son / Things the Way They Are – Director: Fernando Lavanderos
finissant(e)s / class of ‘09 – Rafaël Ouellet
How to Describe a Cloud – David Verbeek
Hungry Man – Philip Martin
Kamchatka – Director: Jerzy Kowynia
Love Steaks – Director: Jakob Lass
Mamay Umeng – Director: Dwein Baltazar
Low Tide – Director: Paulo Pécora
Thou Gild’st the Even – Director: Onur Ünlü
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors – Director: Sam Fleischner
The Sad Smell of Flesh – Director: Cristobal Arteaga

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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