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June 29, 2017

Filmmakers from The Netherlands are out in force at the upcoming edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with no fewer than twelve (co)productions in selection.

Two Dutch co-productions have their world premiere in East of West Competition. Unwanted* is the feature debut of Kosovan director Edon Rizvanolli who has lived and worked in The Netherlands since 2007. The producer is Asfalt Films (NL) and the film is co-produced with fellow Dutch production outfit De Productie. Unwanted concerns a lonely teenage boy living in Amsterdam with his refugee mother from Kosovo.

Dede, the first feature by Georgian filmmaker Mariam Khatchvani, tells the story of a young woman who lives in a remote mountain village where life has been strictly governed by tradition over many centuries. Dutch co-producers are JaJa Film Productions and The Dutch Film Club.

Both Juze and November* will be presented in Official Selection - Out of Competition. Juze by Indian director Miransha Naik (NL co-producer: Kepler Film) world premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and will celebrate its European premiere at Karlovy Vary. The Estonian/Polish/Dutch co-production November (NL co-producer: PRPL) by Rainer Sarnet previously screened at the Tribeca Film Festival where it was awarded the prize for Best Cinematography.

Director Daan Bakker's debut feature Quality Time* (produced by Pupkin Film) is selected for Another View section. The film world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it was nominated for a Tiger Award and won the MovieZone Award. Other festival selections for Quality Time this month include Shanghai, Taipei and Moscow. Also screening in Another View are the minority Dutch co-productions Centaur* by Aktan Arym Kubat (NL co-producer: Volya Films), City of the Sun by Rati Oneli (supported by the Dutch IDFA Bertha Fund) and Deepak Rauniyar's White Sun* (NL co-producer: The Film Kitchen).

Fiona Tan's second feature Ascent* (produced by Antithesis Films) has screened at numerous international film festivals since it world premiered in Locarno 2016. It is now selected for Karlovy Vary's Imagina programme for films both with an unconventional approach to narration and style and a distinctive and radical vision of film language. Also selected for Imagina is the short film Extrapolate by Dutch visual artist Johan Rijpma.

The People Next Door section presents Blind* by Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt. Blind is co-produced with leading Dutch production company Lemming Film.

Finally, the short film Greetings from Kropsdam is selected for Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers to Follow. In this programme, organized in collaboration with European Film Promotion with the support of EYE International, the upcoming generation of young European filmmakers present their graduation films. Greetings from Kropsdam by Joren Molter has performed very well on the international festival circuit in 2017, screening at (among others) Clermont-Ferrand, Warsaw and Iszmir.

The 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival runs June 30 - July 8 2017: www.kviff.com

*) Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund

 

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