The last film completed by legendary Czech “New Wave” director Jan Nemec, who died at the age of 79 in March, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street, will screen in the main competition lineup of the 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary film festival in July.
The Czech/Slovak/French co-production, adapted from the eclectic director’s own quasi-autobiographical short stories, is one of seven world premieres in the competition’s lineup of 12 titles, organizers said in Prague Tuesday.
The film, which festival programmers say “defies categorization,” is a “dejected comedy, an unsentimental reminiscence and a nonchalant settling of scores in punk regalia.”
In 1967, Nemec was banned by Communist authorities after completing his third feature, Martyrs of Love. In 1974, he emigrated to the U.S. only returning home after the fall of Communism in 1989.
The competition also features Italian director Roberto Ando’s new film The Confessions – the first since his international hit Viva la Liberta three years ago. The Italian/French co-production, screening as an international premiere, is a philosophical thriller featuring a charismatic monk, played by Toni Servillo, who is a guest at a meeting of G8 foreign ministers where a financier planning radical changes to the world economic order is murdered.
Also in the competition, Romania’s Catalin Mitulescu brings By the Rails, a drama of an economic migrant who returns home to find not all is well with his family after his absence; Hungary’s Szabolcs Hajdu will screen It’s Not The Time of My Life, which tells the story of two families forced to share an apartment; and acclaimed Czech director Jan Hrebejk presents the world premiere of The Teacher about an elementary school teacher accused of using her young charges to manipulate their parents.
The Karlovy Vary festival’s 51st edition runs July 1-July 9.