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About the Festival

International Film Festival Prague – FEBIOFEST was founded in 1993 by FEBIO, an independent film and TV company. Starting as an enthusiastically organized, basically no-budget event for a couple of friends and film buffs, FEBIOFEST has grown during the past years into one of the largest film festivals in the Czech Republic, which nevertheless still maintains its original profile as an audience-friendly festival.

The festival runs from the 15th until the 23rd of March 2018 in Prague, and also travels to various cities across the Czech Republic.

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Denmark

YOU DISAPPEAR / Du forsvinder

Feature

Directed by Peter Schønau Fog

Screening in Northern Lights

Mia (Trine Dyrholm) is happily married to likeable high-school headmaster Frederik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). When it turns out that Frederik has embezzled school money, Mia faces a crucial dilemma. Is Frederik a different man than she thought, or is his behavior influenced by a recently diagnosed brain tumor? This mosaic of seemingly unrelated fragments is a study of the human mind, which might be more complicated than we thought.

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LOVERS / Kærester

Feature

Directed by Niels Holstein Kaa

Screening in Northern Lights

Present-day Copenhagen is the setting for three affairs that are not necessarily destined to grow – but they are fiery and passionate at first. In his graduation film Danish director Niels Holstein Kaa shows different approaches to a short romance through the eyes and honesty of his three protagonists. Combining documentary and fiction, the film searches for the answer to why some relationships end even before they manage to bloom.

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ALL IN / Fantasten

Feature

Directed by Christian Dyekjær

Screening in Northern Lights

Claus is hitting fifty; he is a car salesman, though rather unsuccessful as he spends most of his office hours playing online poker. When he tries to rebuild his relationship with his neglected teen son Silas, he takes him to an illegal casino. But Silas doesn´t know the rules of the game, and Claus has to resort to a desperate solution in Copenhagen’s underbelly. Expect a breathtaking ride through the extreme ups and downs of a gambling addict.

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WINTER BROTHERS / Vinterbrødre

Feature

Screening in New Europe

Emil and Johan are brothers working in a remote limestone mine. The eerie, almost apocalyptic landscape, the incessant humming of the mining machines, freezing cold and everyday routine frame their lives. Emil gradually loses touch with reality and the lines between the real world and dream world fade away. This visually refined drama with a political subtext was directed by Hlynur Pálmason, a Danish director of Icelandic origin.

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THE CHARMER / Charmøren

Esmail, a young Iranian man, is wandering through the city trying to seduce women. He hopes that he can get a residence permit in Denmark through marriage. As his time runs out, his past resurfaces. Esmail is slowly getting lost between his actual self and the persona he’s adopted in Denmark. The Charmer is a psychological drama emphasizing identity issues and cultural differences in the modern world.

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DENMARK / Danmark

Feature

Directed by Kasper Rune Larsen

Screening in Generation

Twenty-two-year-old Norge kills time skateboarding, smoking weed, and concocting far-fetched plans about living in a city. Until his eight-years-younger one-night stand tells him she’s pregnant. Norge must grow up pretty quickly and decide right now, despite his desires and fears. This frank portrait of the adolescent generation in a Danish suburb was presented at this year’s Berlinale in the Generation 14plus section for young audiences.

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Finland

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER / Tuntematon sotilas

Feature

Directed by Aku Louhimies

Screening in Northern Lights

In the early days of the Second World War, Finland chooses to strike a deal with the Nazis in order to regain land lost to the Russians. We’re with the soldiers down in the forest trenches on the front line, facing Soviet tanks and having propaganda blown at them – while the Finnish are armed only with weapons carried by hand. The biggest grossing Finnish film ever is both grand and explosive, highly aesthetic and warm at heart like its foot soldiers.

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MIAMI

Feature

Directed by Zaida Bergroth

Screening in Northern Lights

Anna and her older step sister Angela’s lives intertwine after a long separation. Each of them has a dream future, but first, they must join forces to relieve a burden from Angela’s past. So they set off on a wild road trip across Finland as nightclub dancers. Their story gradually turns into a crime thriller that exposes the Finnish underworld and offers a captivating and heartwarming study of two young women.

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Nokia Mobile – We Were Connecting People / Nokia Mobile – Matkapuhelimen tarina

Documentary

Directed by Arto Koskinen

Screening in Docs

The Finnish company Nokia, originally a paper and rubber producer, was the world leader in the mobile phone market just a few years ago. The birth of one of the most successful technologies of the modern world was brought about by numerous inventors, technicians and engineers. Through their stories, the director searches for the answer to a single question in his nostalgically funny documentary. Where and why did Nokia phones disappear?

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Iceland

UNDER THE TREE / Undir trénu

Feature

Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Screening in Northern Lights

After a break-up, Atli moves back home, finding himself in the middle of a neighborly war. His parents don’t want to fell a tall tree shading the porch of the house next door. An innocent quarrel at first, it escalates to disappearing pets and regular vandalism. This comedy drama wittily combines all the participants’ points of view and examines the disintegration of social links in modern suburbs.

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Read our interview with Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

THE SWAN / Svanurinn

Feature

Directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

Screening in Northern Lights

Nine-year-old Sól has been misbehaving, so her parents send her to help relatives at a remote farm. What should have been a small lesson soon turns into a dramatic transition from childhood to adulthood. Sól discovers her own personality against the backdrop of the wild Icelandic nature, and Hjörleifsdóttir’s debut is an intimate and poetic portrait of growing up; adapted from Guðbergur Bergsson’s award-winning novel.

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RIFT / Rökkur

Feature

Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen

Screening in Northern Lights

It’s been several months since Gunnar broke up with Einar. Yet after an unexpected night call, he travels to join him in a remote cabin in the harsh Icelandic landscape. Einar finds refuge here, but sneaking evil mercilessly reminds both young men that they cannot hide from their own past. This chilling atmospheric horror is a favorite of LGBT festivals, offering a refreshingly unique genre film within today’s queer cinema.

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Norway

THE TREE FELLER / Hoggeren

Feature

Directed by Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

Screening in Northern Lights

Anders moves from the city to a remote farm that he inherited from his parents. He spends every day in the woods felling random trees, needing to be alone. But he is soon interrupted by his relatives who obviously know what’s best for him, and Anders will have to face the past from which he has escaped for so long. This debut delivers a fragile portrayal and yet highly entertaining encounter with the nutcases of Scandinavia’s outskirts.

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THE RULES FOR EVERYTHING

Feature

Directed by Kim Hiorthøy

Screening in New Europe

Ten-year-old Storm is fascinated by everything – from everyday details to the very principles of human existence. When her father dies in a tragic accident, her mother becomes distant. Storm must create a set of rules to help her survive in this new, chaotic world. This visually impressive and emotionally powerful film examines human weaknesses and worries in an easy, playful way.

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VALLEY OF SHADOWS / Skyggenes dal

Feature

Directed by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen

Screening in Night Circus

This atmospheric horror with fairy-tale elements follows the gloomy events in a remote village through the eyes of a six-year-old boy. Aslak and his friend discover strangled sheep and the boy then finds out about his older brother running away yet again. Both incidents are ascribed to a werewolf living in the nearby forest. Developing the genre of the Norwegian Gothic, this debut relies on slowly increasing tension and avoids explicit violence.

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Doctor Proctor: The Bubble in the Bathtub / Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar

Feature

Directed by Arild Fröhlich

Screening in Generation

Doctor Proctor returns to the past to change the undesirable present. He wants to prevent his beloved Juliette from marrying the horrible Claud Cliché. But some unfortunate coincidences trap Doctor Proctor in the past and he desperately needs the help of his faithful friends, Lisa and Nilly. This fast-paced time-travel story is an adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s second book for children.

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The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King / Askeladden – I Dovregubbens hall

Feature

Directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose

Screening in Generation

Each country has their fairy-tale hero, and it’s Ash Lad in Norway. Similarly to the English Jack, Ash Lad is a poor boy who goes to see the world. Many obstacles await him, and maybe a princess and half a kingdom in the end. Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose combined fantasy and Scandinavian mythology into a modern fairy-tale. In the Hall of the Mountain King is the first film of The Ash Lad trilogy.

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Sweden

RAVENS / Korparna

Feature

Directed by Jens Assur

Screening in Northern Lights

Agne is trying to keep the family farm afloat as generations before him have. But his conservatism clashes not only with the upcoming modernization, but with his oldest son’s ideas about his own future. Photographer and director Jens Assur sets his thrilling debut in 1970s Sweden, lending a gritty setting to his story about two generations who are miles apart. A visually stunning film about traditions, convictions and pure madness.

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A HUSTLER’S DIARY / Måste gitt

Feature

Directed by Ivica Zubak

Screening in Northern Lights

Metin lives in a Stockholm suburb, and although he’s a high-ranking gang member, he longs to become an actor. He keeps a diary, rich in details from the life in the high-rise estates, and when Lena, an uninspired theatre personality, finds it and wants to publish it, Metin must make a decision about his future. Zubak’s debut zips along in the footsteps of its protagonist played by Can Demirtas, who also wrote the story, which is steeped in Scandinavian humor.

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The Heart / Hjärtat

Feature

Directed by Fanni Metelius

Screening in New Euope

Mika and Tesfay are each other’s first sweethearts, but their relationship is clouded by something unspoken. Behind the closed door of embellished reality, there lurk unforgivable shame and intimacy, innermost manipulation and the merciless reality of a modern relationship. Actress Fanni Metelius, who featured in Force Majeure, wrote the screenplay for her directorial debut and also portrayed the main character.

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EUPHORIA

Feature

Directed by Lisa Langseth

Screening in Central Park

The award-winning Swedish director used her own script to make a film about opening and healing old wounds. Set in the near future, the film follows the journey of two very different sisters as they travel to a mysterious European clinic after years of separation. Ines accompanies Emilia, not knowing until the last moment why her sister wants to make the trip to the posh resort. Drawing from excellent acting performances, the film presents Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling.

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