Karlovy Vary 2017: Viewing round-up


A brief round-up of what I saw at the 2017 Karlovy Vary Film Fest. For my social media diary of the festival, click here.

+ short (>45m)     # live performance     @ VR     ~ seen previously

Best of the Fest:
1. Song of Granite / Pat Collins / 2017
2. A Ghost Story / David Lowery / 2017
3. Somniloquies / Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing Taylor / 2017
4. Urth / Ben Rivers / 2016 +
5. Woman and the Glacier / Audrius Stonys / 2016

Strong:
The Beguiled / Sofia Coppola / 2017
Centaur / Aktan Arym Kubat / 2017
The Downfall of Osen / Kenji Mizoguchi / 1935
Extrapolate / Johan Rijpma / 2016 +
Happy End / Michael Haneke / 2017
November / Rainer Sarnet / 2017
The Sins of Love / Karel Lamač / 1929
Spira Mirabilis / Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti / 2016
World Without End (No Reported Incidents) / Jem Cohen / 2016

Interesting and Definitely Worth Seeing:
Black Cake / Johana Švarcová / 2016 +
Libera Nos / Federica Di Giacomo / 2016
Little Crusader / Václav Kadrnka / 2017
More / Onur Saylak / 2017
Spoor / Agnieszka Holland / 2017
What Happens to the Mountain / Christin Turner / 2016 +

Discoveries Of The Fest:
Both as performer and director, Aktan Arym Kubat and his film Centaur
A love for science fiction constructed of non-fiction imagery thanks to ben Rivers’ Urth  

Others Appreciated These Films More Than I Did:
Absence of Closeness / Josef Tuka / 2017
Khibula / George Ovashvili / 2017
The Lost Object / Sebastian Diaz Morales / 2017
Ralang Road / Karma Takapa / 2017

Also Seen:
Another News Story / Orban Wallace / 2017
Baby Driver / Edgar Wright / 2017
The End / Jiří Volek / 2016 +
How Close to It I Am / Václav Hrzina / 2016 +

Films I Most Regret Not Seeing:
Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc / Bruno Dumont / 2017
The Misandrists / Bruce LaBruce / 2017
Requiem for Mrs. J. / Bojan Vuletić / 2017
Untitled / Michael Glawogger / 2017