Central and Eastern Europe’s flagship festival, running from July 3 to 11 this summer, is one for moviegoers hungry for discoveries, curiosities and breakouts. This year, KVIFF asked six prominent directors to personally present a film favorite that has defined their own style as filmmakers.
Cine-essayist Mark Cousins, who will bring a new feature doc to the fest this year, presents the Iranian-French film “A Moment of Innocence” (Nun va Goldoon, 1996) by one of the leading directors of the Iranian new wave, Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Kim Ki-duk will present the lovely “Poetry” (Shi), directed by his colleague and countryman Lee Chang-dong in 2010.
Sergei Loznitsa will show director Kira Muratova’s magnum opus, “The Asthenic Syndrome” (Astenicheskiy sindrom, 1989).
Luis Miñarro chose the Orson Welles’ legendary 1958 film noir “Touch of Evil,” in which the director also played one of the lead roles.
Michael R. Roskam also selected a noir film, Jules Dassin’s adaptation of Auguste Le Breton’s “Rififi” (Du rififi chez les hommes, 1955).
Sion Sono will be showing his favorite film, “Babe” (1995), Chris Noonan’s family comedy that marks a rather eccentric choice for this Japanese director.