By Ryan Keating-Lambert
Prague International Film Festival Febiofest will screen the Oscar nominated If Beale Street Could Talk along with pop star drama Vox Lux, A24 coming-of-age hit Eighth Grade and and more American indie crowd-pleasers from the past year.
Directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), If Beale Street Could Talk (pictured) is a timeless love tale set among the turbulent streets of Harlem in the 1970s. Beautifully shot and featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Regina King, the film is one of the headliners in the Central Park section of the festival.
Also in the Central Park section is recent wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family, based on the true story of wrestler ‘Paige’ and starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Jack Lowden and the remarkable Florence Pugh as a family with wrestling in their blood. The film is also the directorial debut of Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras).
The Made in USA section this year includes Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux, a stylish and thrilling portrayal of terrorism and pop culture woes through the eyes of pop star ‘Celeste’, played brilliantly by Natalie Portman, and featuring a soundtrack by Sia.
Destroyer, the new film by director Karin Kusama starring an unrecognisable Nicole Kidman as the hard-as-nails ex-cop Erin Bell, will also screen in the festival’s Made in USA section. Co-starring Sebastian Stan and Toby Kebbell, the film is an intense look at one cop’s revenge on an L.A. gang.
Popular American arthouse distributor A24 will also have two films in the same section. The remarkably honest high school coming-of-age tale Eighth Grade starring the wonderful Elsie Fisher, and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s, a look at 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic) who uses skateboarding as an escape from his troubled family life.
The festival will also feature a number of esteemed industry guests including actor Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold), Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová (The Ear), Danish director Bille August (The Best Intentions) and more.
Febiofest will take place from March 21-29 mainly in CineStar Anděl, as well as in CineStar Černý Most, National Film Archive’s Ponrepo and the Municipal Library of Prague.
For full programme and ticket details visit the website.