Karlovy Vary Embraces New Voices From the East

Variety | 6/25/2019 | Christopher Vourlias
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When Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s East of the West competition opened to submissions from the Middle East two years ago, festival artistic director Karel Och noted it was “about time to abandon the political definition of the ‘East of the West’ countries,” long determined by the geographical boundaries hemming in the former Soviet bloc.

Though not the first time the section rewrote its borders — Greece, Turkey and Cyprus were also invited to compete several years ago — the decision was a clear sign that a competition long known for championing distinctive new cinematic voices was evolving to keep pace with the times.

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This year’s selection is no exception, with formal experimentation and provocative storytelling marking many of the 12 films in competition. “We always try to put together a colorful selection, to combine films with different artistic approaches, various genres,” says programmer Lenka Tyrpakova. “We aim to discover distinctive auteur voices that are coming with a compelling report on the world around us.”

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The East of the West competition opens this year with “Aga’s House,” from Kosovo’s Lendita Zeqiraj.

“Her debut feature is characterized by an impressive...
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