2018 SFS Guests

Who’s coming to the festival? Find out below.

Mike Leigh

One of the most famous European filmmakers, winner of the Golden Palm from Cannes and the Golden Lion from Venice, holder of the Order of the British Empire. Many of his films oscillate somewhere between the British social realism and a distinctive authorial stylisation. Leigh’s compact work is characterized by very sensitive approach towards actors that often engaged improvisation, insights into various family models and an unusual touch of sensitivity and vulnerability. Leigh can also be observed as the finder of many movie stars, including Tim Roth, Gary Oldman and Brenda Blethyn. In Uherské Hradiště, Mike Leigh will present a comprehensive overview of his works and tell us which three films have influenced him the most.

Roland Klick

German director Roland Klick is considered to be a legend, a stubborn outsider and an exceptional phenomenon of German post-war cinema. His six feature-length movies, made between 1968 and 1992, are full of energy and fascinating distinctiveness. Klick stood far beyond the average trends of the time – he was too much within the structure of genres for the New German Cinema fans and too weird and ambitious for the mainstream cinema. Although he looked up to the American way of filmmaking, he was a true European. His films won him a number of German annual awards as well as the respect from great personalities, such as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino.

Alejandro Fernández Almendras

This Chilean director is one of the most promising talents of contemporary South-American cinema. His feature-length debut Huacho was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and his most famous “rape and revenge” drama To Kill a Man won the 2014 Sundance’s World Film Grand Jury Prize. Almendras’ films are known for the criticism directed against the social injustice in the Chilean and Latin American regions.

Katinka Farago

When she was seventeen, Farago became Ingmar Bergman’s script supervisor because there was no one else for the position. Their cooperation began with Dreams (1955) and lasted almost three decades, ending with Fanny and Alexander. She moved from a script supervisor to a producer, and despite having worked with many other filmmakers, she will always be remembered as “Bergman’s right hand”. In 2008, she wrote the book Katinka and Directors – 125 Films, 55 Years Behind the Camera.

Maaret Koskinen

Mareet Koskinen, Professor at the Department of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University, was the first film researcher to receive Bergman’s permission to access his archive. Koskinen also organised the first Bergman Symposium in Stockholm in 2005. Starting with her dissertation Plays and Mirrors: A Study in the Cinematic Aesthetics of Ingmar Bergman, Koskinen has always explored Bergman’s films, theatre and literary outputs from various perspectives.

Iva Janžurová

Lovely and ugly. Tough and tender. Humble and clever. A little girl and a lady. A brilliant comedian and a serious actress. That and much more is Iva Janžurová, an actress with an exceptional sense for self-irony, grotesque exaggeration and dramatic contrast. She was born into a family of teachers. It seemed she would become a teacher as well, but finally ended up at Prague’s DAMU. Czech theatre and film got one of the most talented, most distinctive and versatile actresses they have ever had. Iva Janžurová will receive the ACFC Annual Prize.