By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The Prague International Film Festival aka Febiofest will celebrate a landmark 25 years this year with a class selection of new films, as well as some golden oldies. In addition to the festival’s epic programme, there will also be workshops, masterclasses and a host of other noteworthy events. Tickets and passes are now on sale.
Taking place in Cinestar Anděl from 15 – 23 March, the festival will open with the star studded British drama series The Party, directed by Sally Potter, and close on March 22 with Battle of the Sexes (pictured), a film based on the 1973 real life tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King, played by Steve Carrell and Emma Stone.
In the main festival programme, a lavish selection of award-winning contemporary films and documentaries from all over the world have been grouped into a number of sections. Highlights this year include Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, a gorgeous ode to the world of rock and roll starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, which will appear in the festival’s ‘Masters’ section alongside the new Roman Polanski thriller Based on a True Story, and Wim Wenders epic Submergence.
Beatriz at Dinner with a career best performance by Salma Hayek will lead the way for Trump-era social commentaries in the ‘MADE IN USA’ section. Then there’s the visceral horror It Comes At Night, a well-crafted and truly disturbing vision of paranoia directed by the talented Trey Edward Shults (Krisha).
Powerful gender positive films like Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – the real-life true story of the superhero’s creator, and the Oscar winning Call Me By Your Name will screen in the ‘Queer Now’ section, not to mention the new British mini-series Queers starring Alan Cumming and Russell Tovey, written and directed by the talented Martin Gatiss, who will also be an honorary guest at the festival this year.
For those who appreciate revisiting classics on the big screen, a superb ‘Best of’ section which will screen classics like Run Lola Run, Boogie Nights, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Pianist, and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
Festival guests this year include iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) will receive the prestigious Kristián award along with actress and Czech cinema legend Daniela Kolářová (Kawasakiho ruze), award-winning Holy Motors director Leos Carax, and director Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale).
Various workshops and masterclasses will also run throughout the festival, so be sure to check out the full programme on the website. Tickets and passes are now on sale so get in there quick.