By Ryan Keating-Lambert
Film Europe’s Be2Can festival is here again and promises an eclectic selection of international festival films that will surprise, shock and wow even the most avid cinema-goer.
This year’s festival, which takes place in Prague’s Kino Lucerna and new Film Europe cinema Edison Filmhub from October 2 – 8, boasts a variety of English friendly screenings including new films by award-winning independent filmmakers like Fatih Akin, Ken Loach and more.
Opening the festival on October 2nd is this year’s Cannes Jury Prize winner Les Miserables by director Ladj Ly – no, not the popular musical of the same name! Inspired by the real-life unrest in Paris in 2005, the film focuses on three special forces police officers who run into some heat while attempting to solve conflict between neighbouring gangs in contemporary Montfermeil.
Sorry We Missed You, the new film by award-winning British auteur/director Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and an official selection for the main competition at Cannes this year, will have its Czech premiere at the festival and focuses on the Turner family led by father Rick, who struggle on the brink of poverty.
Oscar-winning director Fatih Akin (In the Fade) will have one of the most anticipated films at this year. The Golden Glove (pictured) was a main competition entry in the Berlinale film festival this year and is a balls-out, in-your-face look at Germany’s real-life serial killer Fritz Honka and his maniacal adventures in the district of St Pauli, Hamburg in the ’70s.
Other festival hits from the festival circuit this year include Denis Côté’s Ghost Town Anthology – a melancholic but funny little film that takes typical ghost story conventions and turns them on their heads, and Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms – a sharp satire and coming-of-age tale about an Israeli boy finding his feet in Paris.
For full programme and more details, visit the official festival website.