Febiofest Film Festival: 336 films from 65 countries
Even though the most famous film festival in the Czech Republic takes place in Karlovy Vary, Prague film fans also have their own chance for an annual taste of the best of world cinema - Febiofest. The Prague part of the festival ended last Friday, but the event now continues in other Czech towns and will later move on to Slovakia.
"We have a little bit less of Nordic films this time. It is because we've presented a lot of them in the past years and we would like to present some other cultures too. We have a bit more films from what people call 'the crisis territory'. We have a whole cinema dedicated to this territory, where we show Georgian, Azeri, Iranian, Iraqi and Israeli films."
There has been great interest among visitors especially in the world premier of the Iraqi film "Underexposure". The story of a man who tries to capture the day to day reality of crumbling Baghdad is the first film made in Iraq since the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein's regime.
"I think my film could have quite a few similarities especially with the 'Eastern countries', because similar to Sweden, they have also fallen - for good and for bad. Like my country has fallen - for good and for bad - from being a semi-capitalist country, that valued solidarity, to a real capitalist country."
Apart from featuring films from different countries and presenting some interesting figures of independent cinema Febiofest every year also chooses a special theme in Czech cinema to which it dedicates a minor part of the festival. This year it focused on Czech national history, says Febiofest program director Premysl Martinek.
Even though Febiofest is officially a non-competition festival it does grant the special Kristian awards. This time the "Kristian for lifelong contribution to world cinema" was given to Spanish director Carlos Saura.