Fresh Film Fest kicks off in Prague with Manipulation as its main theme
The 9th Fresh Film Fest opens in Prague on Wednesday celebrating new and debut films from around the world. This year’s installment of the festival features movies by British documentary maker Peter Watkins, Tom Tykwer and other Czech and international artists. The main theme of the Fresh Film Fest this year is Manipulation. Radio Prague spoke to the festival’s programme director Michal Hogenauer, and asked him what exactly this means.
And what are going to be the highlights form some of the festival’s other sections?
“We have three competition sections. Two of them are student short films, then we have Fresh Generation, which is based on first and second features. I can recommend for example the British existential comedy called Black Pond or an American film called Pavilion or maybe Combat Girls, a German movie a young girl who is somehow interested in a Neo-Nazi group.
Can you tell us about some of the Czech films that are going to be featured at this year’s Fresh Film Fest?
“We have a section called Fresh Czech where we present five or six student films Into Oblivion (Czech Mrtvá trať), a documentary film about an empty railway, or we have a film Gorila which is a low-budget independent Czech movie.”
“It’s in the section Manipulation because the TV show was made in the Communist times and everything at the time was made to manipulate the audience. So we will screen pieces of the TV show and there will be discussions with the authors to find out about the preparations, the shooting and writing and all the stuff around this movie.”