This year’s main competition at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival welcomed three productions from Germany: HEIL by Dietrich Brüggemann, which celebrated its international premiere, as well as the co-productions BABAI by Visar Morina (DE/XK/MK/FR) and BOX by Florin Serban (FR/DE/RO). In total, eight German films and co-productions were invited to screen in the various competition sections and numerous other German productions were programmed in other festival sections. And there was plenty of reason to celebrate: not only the 50th anniversary of the prestigious festival, but also the awards for BABAI (Best Director & Europa Cinemas Label Award), THE WEDNESDAY CHILD (by Lili Vorváth, East of the West Award & FEDEORA Award), and BOX (FIPRESCI Award).

The HEIL team in Karlovy Vary (photo © KVIFF)