Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) will open the 2019 AFI European Union Film Showcase, highlighting 46 films representing all 28 EU member states.
NAME OF FILM: ZIZOTEK (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Vardis Marinakis
STARRING: August Lambrou-Negrepontis, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Penelope Tsilika
GENRE: Adventure Film
SYNOPSIS: After his compelling drama Black Field (2010), Greek director Vardis Marinakis returns to Karlovy Vary with his sophomore effort about nine-year-old Jason, whose mother abandons him at a folk festival. The unusually independent boy takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually leads them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. This touching tale of mutual harmony and the yearning for intimacy will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere, subtle emotions, and poetic depiction of nature as a refuge for those rejected by the people around them.
The 54th Karlovy Vary IFF East of the West competition opening film is Aga’s House, the feature-length debut by Kosovo director Lendita Zeqiraj.