Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (3-11 July) boasts a rich programme including the international premiere of Perdition County, the Czech premiere of Lucifer and with Flemish filmmakers Michaël R. Roskam and Teodora Ana Mihai in attendance.

Perdition CountyGust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer, produced by Minds Meet, is scheduled to have its Czech premiere at the Festival. The final instalment of the director’s triptych, after Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue Bird, shows the fallen angel Lucifer causing mischief in a Mexican village on his way from Heaven to Hell.

Raphaël Crombez, meanwhile, was invited as part of Future Frames, a new programme curated by the Festival in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP) that highlights 10 filmmakers to watch. Crombez’s graduation short Perdition County will have its international premiere in Karlovy Vary.

Talent from Flanders can also be found in the Another View programme, where actor Jan Bijvoet (Borgman, The Broken Circle Breakdown) takes the lead role in the South American feature El abrazo de la serpiente.

The Horizons section features Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament, which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight earlier this year. This surreal comedy portraying the troubled relationship between God and his daughter Ea was co-produced with Flanders by Caviar’s Frank Van Passel. Also screening is Michaël R. Roskam’s American debut The Drop, starring Matthias Schoenaerts.

Additionally, Roskam was invited by the Festival to present one of his favourite films, Jules Dassin’s Rififi, in the framework of the special anniversary section Six Close Encounters. Finally, Teodora Ana Mihai returns to Karlovy Vary as a member of the Documentary Film Jury, exactly one year after her documentary Waiting for August took the award for Best Documentary Film.

Lucifer received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz; The Brand New Testament was backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 7 July 2015

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