“East of the West” at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
One of the sections of the official competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is East of the West – a showcase for films from Eastern and Central Europe. This year, it features ten different films from countries like Armenia, Slovenia and Azerbaijan. Sarah Borufka talked to Lenka Tyrpáková, who works for the festival’s program department, about what East of the West is all about and what we can expect from it this year.
Would you say that it’s sort of a specialty of the festival, something that makes it unusual?
“Yes, I would agree with this. And also the section belongs to one of the most closely watched sections, especially by foreign buyers and industry people. So a lot of them came here to watch films from that section. And also, our industry office is organizing a selection in which they only present films from the East of the West section.”
“Yes, I would say that, and also, the festival is a platform to screen films which would probably never be screened in the context of regular distribution. So, it’s the place where people can learn more about those countries and their culture, the background and transitions they are in, also.”
So this year, what are some of the films shown in the section? Can you mention a few interesting ones?
“This year, we selected ten films, and from so-called exotic countries, I would like to mention a film from Azerbaijan, which is called The Dolls by the director Chingiz Rasulzade, and it’s a world premiere.”