Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Constructed Realities

Something about the term "hybrid" remains alluring, as do the films to which it can be applied. There is something about a documentary where the lines, intent and methodology are somehow unclear or elusive that draws the viewer in. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's 51st edition, held last month,…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Female Take on Mexico

Traditionally a showcase for Eastern European contemporary and classic cinema, the 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival broadened its scope by championing nine films from Mexico made by young female directors. Among them, two documentaries stood out, Tatiana Huezo’s Tempestad, and Betzabé García’s Kings of…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Kamper

Over the course of Łukasz Grzegorzek’s feature debut Kamper, Mania (Marta Nieradkiewicz) re-peatedly tells her husband Kamper (Piotr Żurawski) that he is “stupid for real.” First with affection then increasingly with the kind of exhaustion that comes from dealing with someone who can’t take a hint. Kamper details…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - The Days That Confused

Youth comes in various shapes and forms. In rural Estonia - if Triin Ruumet's The Days That Confused is to be believed - it involves a lot of drink, drugs, violence and 90’s eurotrash. “Life is one long party,” the film’s protagonist Allar remarks wistfully. For a film…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Verge

Verge is an enigmatic, austere film from new Turkish directorial duo Ayhan Salar and Erkan Tahhuşoğlu. A young Turkish woman, Fikret, spends a great deal of time gazing out of the window of her family home, watching cars pass across the highway outside whilst waiting for her husband Halil’s…