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World premiere of “Imago” by Olga Chajdas in Karlovy Vary

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The latest film by Olga Chajdas “Imago” was presented on Sunday, July 2 at the ongoing International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. The film takes part in the new Proxima competition, which distinguishes and rewards bold works of feature and documentary cinema.

Proxima is a competition that replaced the former “East of West” a year ago, which has been a permanent element of the Czech festival for 15 years.

The film by Olga Chajdas will be presented alongside 11 other titles, including both feature films and documentaries selected from among productions submitted from around the world. The earlier “East of West” was limited to films from Eastern and Central Europe only.

This year, we do not have a Polish film among the titles of the Main Competition competing for the Crystal Globe, but Proxima is also an extremely prestigious competition section of the festival.

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Directed by Olga ChajdasRobert Pałka/Apple Film Production

Post-punk psychological drama

“Imago”, (the Polish title of the film is “Stele niestała”) is the second title in the output of Olga Chajdas. The creators describe it as “a post-punk psychological drama about a young woman craving a full life in the gray of the Polish People’s Republic”.

The story begins in Tricity in 1987 and ends two years later, after the first free elections in Poland. Its background is the rebellious Tri-City music scene of the late 1980s, a cultural and social phenomenon of that period and at the same time a harbinger of revolutionary changes in Poland.

“Imago” is a strong and loud cinema with various shades of transformation and a portrait of a woman that has never been seen in Polish cinema before. The picture focuses on the complicated relationship between mother and daughter, but also talks about the hunger for freedom, sex and meditation.

The main role was played by Lena Góra (known, among others, from “Roving Woman”), who is also the co-author of the script for the film. The music was written by the outstanding Polish musician Andrzej Smolik, and the author of the climatic photos is Tomasz Naumiuk. The picture was a Polish-Dutch-Czech co-production.

While waiting for the reviews of critics who will see the picture only today, let us remind you that Chajdas’s first film “Nina” won many awards and prizes. Among others, the Golden Claw for the best film at the festival in Gdynia in the “Another Look” competition, the Golden Frog in the Polish Films Competition at the Camerimage festival and the VPRO Big Screen Award for filmmakers expanding the boundaries of film language at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.

Still from the film “Imago” by Olga ChajdasRobert Pałka/Apple Film Production

Crystal Globe and President’s Awards

As in Cannes or Venice, the Honorary Palme d’Or and the Honorary Gold are awarded respectively Lion for their lifetime achievements, Karlovy Vary has been honoring recognized artists for their achievements for years with their most important award – the Crystal Globe. Mostly Hollywood actors, because there is no more effective method to ensure their presence at the festival.

This year, the Crystal Globe for his contribution to the development of world cinema was received by the star of “Gladiator” Russell Crowe, who admitted that until now he had not even known about the existence of the festival in Karlovy Vary.

The Festival President’s Lifetime Achievement Award was received by Alicia Vikander and Ewan McGregor. The Swedish actress, for a change, recalled her breakthrough role opposite Mads Mikkelsen in 2012 in “The Queen’s Lover”, which was shot in Prague, and added: “I am also happy to return to Czech years later, where my international career really began.”

Russell Crowe received the Crystal Globe for lifetime achievementKVIFF

11 films compete in the Main Competition, including 9 world premieres and two international ones. The most anticipated is Babak Jalala’s Fremont, the Sundance award-winning story of a woman who worked as an interpreter for US soldiers during war in Afghanistan.

The festival in Karlovy Vary started on June 30 and will last until July 8.

Main photo source: Robert Pałka/Apple Film Production



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