The big winner of the 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival is George Ovashvili’s ‘Corn Island’, a co-production of Georgia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan. The film takes place by the Inguri river, located at the border of Georgia with Abkhazia and tells the story of a middle aged farmer and his granddaughter and the magic of nature. ‘Corn Island’ won the Crystal Globe for Best Film and a prize of 25,000 USD.
Devoted to short and medium-length films by new directors, the Locarno Film Festival’s Pardi di Domani section hopes to become a platform for discovering new talent. The section focuses on independent productions from around the world by directors that have not yet completed feature-length films.
Among this year’s selection we find the Greek-German co-production of Horsefly Productions and DetailFilm ‘II’, directed by Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis.
The new film by Syllas Tzoumerkas – his first following 2010’s ‘Homeland’ – will premiere at the 67th Locarno Film Festival, where it will also be competing.
After watching the short trailer and the clips that have been made available in the ‘Karlovy Vary Works in Progress’ 2014 edition, one may gather that Angelos Frantzis’ ‘Symptom’ – filmed in Amorgos, Tinos and Athens – is a film that doesn’t exalt the Greek light, but instead is focused on ‘Greek darkness’.
Romantic to the core and artistically resplendent, Yannis Veslemes’ ‘Norway’ is a new-wave phantasmagoria about everything worth keeping us…dead.