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Be2Can 2019

Be2Can 

2. - 8.10.2019

For six years now, Be2Can has brought inspiring films from the main competitions of the world’s three most prestigious film festivals - Berlin, Venice, and Cannes. Every year we present these films at our October screening, and then in cinemas, on VOD, and television. This year, we are adding to the cyclical beauty of the Be2Can concept with the Edison Filmhub, our new Prague festival island in in the magnificent functionalist building of a former electrical substation with an intimate screening room and café.  

     Once again, Be2Can is opening up some compelling topics. The first of them is the concept of home and uncertain group identity. The films It Must Be Heaven by Palestinian Elia Suleiman and Synonyms from Israeli Nadav Lapid, are united by a shared passport and Chekhov’s laughter through tears, and divided by reality back home which is sliced through by a wall. As their film protagonists travel, the wall travels with them.

     The motif of searching for home, the clash of worlds, or moving between two worlds, is the central theme of this year’s Be2Can. The films are pervaded by dualities of us and them, inside and outside, domestic and foreign, safety and danger, which was one of the reasons we have dedicated a whole section to profiling German-Turkish director Fatih Akin, whose work moves between cultures with such fluidity and depicts one of the fundamental features of modern Europe – the constant defining and redefining the ideas of national identity and home. His portrait of a mass murderer, The Golden Glove, which caused some consternation among critics at the Berlinale, is no shallow provocation but in fact takes a forensic scalpel to the basement of the German subconscious.  

     The other theme of this year’s Be2Can are problem children. This issue is addressed in the Dardenne brothers’ Young Ahmed, a Belgian Islamic rebel without a cause with a coda of biblical morality. It is a theme screamed about by 9-year-old Benni, who the German childcare institutions have washed their hands of as a “system crasher” in Nora Fingscheidt’s film of that name, and in the Chinese saga So Long, My Son by Wang Xiaoshuai. And it is dealt with in the modern-day Parisian Les Misérables byFrenchman of African background Ladj Ly, who I consider the most powerful director of this year’s Be2Can and, together with Suleiman, a potential Oscar candidate. His debut film passes no judgement but merely moves the tragic spiral of consequences on in a machine-like way, climaxing with an apocalypse the likes of which you’ve never seen.

     If a festival film is to have meaning, then it cannot be afraid of political gestures. After the premiere of his film Sorry We Missed You, 80-year-old Ken Loach asked for the microphone and told the Cannes public: “If we change things [that are intolerable], then people will not be so angry, and if they’re not so angry, the far-right will disappear.“

Our final theme is that, thanks to Václav Marhoul, a Czech film is in the main competition in Venice for the first time in ten years. The Be2Can mission is gradually becoming a reality.

 Ivan Hronec

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B2C: Les Misérables - opening ceremony

Stéphane is a recent addition to a special police unit in a Paris suburb. He and his experienced colleagues, Chris and Gwada, quickly notice increased tension between neighboring gangs. When the three-man team gets into a tight spot when making an arrest, one of the gangs has a drone there ready to record their every move... Inspired by the unrest in Paris in 2005, the film is set in contemporary Montfermeil – the same place where Victor Hugo’s famous misérables rose up. Now, more than 150 years later, the similarity of today’s angry youths in hoodies to Hugo’s Gavroch is more than obvious… This phenomenal debut by director Ladj Ly won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes festival. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
2DCS/ES

2. 10. Wednesday

139,00 19:00
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B2C: System Crasher

The file on 9-year-old Benni calls her a “system crasher”. The problem child with the face of an angel does not fit into the structure of the German social services, she is full of uncontrollable fury against everyone in her world who poses an obstacle to her getting home to her mother. Her mother, however, cannot handle Benni even on her best behavior. Is there even just one person capable of giving the girl unconditional love? This riveting debut from director Nora Fingscheit, driven by a phenomenal performance by young actress Helena Zengel, is a story of inconsolable rage and the longing for real emotion, the limits of the children’s welfare system, and the boundaries of personal freedom. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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3. 10. Thursday

139,00 16:00
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B2C: Synonyms

Yoav is a young Israeli who has just arrived in Paris when rather comical circumstances leave him in the bathroom of an empty and cold apartment without his clothes or any other personal belongings. He is saved by Emile and Caroline, a couple living upstairs. Yoav gets some money and clothes to start a new life. Though he may be able to escape the homeland he finds “disgusting, smelly, obscene, and crude,” he cannot escape his identity in Nadav Lapid’s sharp and penetrating satire. No matter what language you’re speaking, certain native synonyms will always stick with you. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

3. 10. Thursday

139,00 18:30
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B2C: Young Ahmed

Ahmed is a 13-year-old boy who gives the impression of being a perfect machine operated by the doctrines of pure Islam. Under the influence of a bigoted imam he becomes closed off in an ideological shell. His life in liberal Belgian society turns into a series of rejections and hatreds that he projects primarily onto a friendly and unreserved teacher. Ahmed’s fanatical faith leads him to an extreme act. In their latest film, two masters of social realism look at how deep humanity is hidden beneath the load of religious doctrine and what can turn religious fanaticism around – education, social openness, or first love. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

3. 10. Thursday

139,00 21:00
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B2C: It Must Be Heaven

Elia Suleiman lives poetry. The most famous Palestinian director returns to (feature-length) film for the first time in ten years with a melancholic, episodically constructed slapstick comedy about what home is and what defines it. Suleiman ties into the poetics of his previous films in which he has always appeared in a non-verbal main role reminiscent of Jacques Tati or Buster Keaton. It Must Be Heaven is a film dedicated to Palestine, which Suleiman is not afraid to subject to the same brand of peculiar, distinctly sarcastic, yet poetic humor that he wields against France or the USA. The latter country is the destination for the main character of this funny and touching film - a somewhat marginalized director looking for funding for a film that is apparently not Palestinian enough. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

4. 10. Friday

139,00 16:30
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B2C: Sorry We Missed You

The Turner family belongs to the social class called the “precariat”, teetering at the very edge of poverty where the slightest financial upset could mean catastrophe. In a bid to provide for his family, the father, Ricky, decides to run a franchise as a delivery driver. He is used to working hard and is ready to take up any responsibility. But instead of the freedom promised him he is sunk in a network of predatorial practices, and the desperate struggle for financial survival slowly degrades the family solidarity. The Loach-Laverty creative duo follows up on their Cannes-winning film I, Daniel Blake with an empathetic story about ordinary people trying to maintain at least a semblance of dignity on the margins of society. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

4. 10. Friday

139,00 18:30
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B2C: The Golden Glove

The life’s work of Fritz, a revolting and deformed drunk from Hamburg's San Pauli neighborhood, is the murder of local prostitutes. He hides their bodies in the walls of his attic apartment where the smell of the rotting flesh blends in with that of bachelorhood and the fumes from the Greek restaurant on the ground floor. The case of serial killer Fritz Honka shocked the whole of Germany in the mid-1970s and inspired Fatih Akin to make a film that is a counterpoint to most serial murder thrillers. Instead of a methodical investigation, it offers only chaos, muck, stink, and the virtually haptic experience of Fritz Honka's “hell kitchen”. With an elegance unique to him alone, Akin has created a monstrous artifact that puts the viewer’s resilience to a hard test and undermines the cult of mystery created around serial killings. Show more

2D CS/ES 18
2DCS/ES

4. 10. Friday

139,00 20:45
More info

B2C: System Crasher

The file on 9-year-old Benni calls her a “system crasher”. The problem child with the face of an angel does not fit into the structure of the German social services, she is full of uncontrollable fury against everyone in her world who poses an obstacle to her getting home to her mother. Her mother, however, cannot handle Benni even on her best behavior. Is there even just one person capable of giving the girl unconditional love? This riveting debut from director Nora Fingscheit, driven by a phenomenal performance by young actress Helena Zengel, is a story of inconsolable rage and the longing for real emotion, the limits of the children’s welfare system, and the boundaries of personal freedom. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
2DCS/ES

5. 10. Saturday

139,00 14:00
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B2C: Les Misérables

Stéphane is a recent addition to a special police unit in a Paris suburb. He and his experienced colleagues, Chris and Gwada, quickly notice increased tension between neighboring gangs. When the three-man team gets into a tight spot when making an arrest, one of the gangs has a drone there ready to record their every move... Inspired by the unrest in Paris in 2005, the film is set in contemporary Montfermeil – the same place where Victor Hugo’s famous misérables rose up. Now, more than 150 years later, the similarity of today’s angry youths in hoodies to Hugo’s Gavroch is more than obvious… This phenomenal debut by director Ladj Ly won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes festival. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
2DCS/ES

5. 10. Saturday

139,00 16:30
More info

B2C: Young Ahmed

Ahmed is a 13-year-old boy who gives the impression of being a perfect machine operated by the doctrines of pure Islam. Under the influence of a bigoted imam he becomes closed off in an ideological shell. His life in liberal Belgian society turns into a series of rejections and hatreds that he projects primarily onto a friendly and unreserved teacher. Ahmed’s fanatical faith leads him to an extreme act. In their latest film, two masters of social realism look at how deep humanity is hidden beneath the load of religious doctrine and what can turn religious fanaticism around – education, social openness, or first love. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

5. 10. Saturday

139,00 18:45
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B2C: Antologie města duchů

The backwater village of Irénée-les-Neiges somewhere in Quebec is shaken by the death of 21-year-old Simon. The pragmatic mayor objects to the arrival of a psychologist – she believes the reclusive community with its modest population of 215 can cope on its own. But the opposite is true: the frigid days drag on forever, the old order has become unsustainable, and mysterious figures are slowly emerging from the fog. Things that seem strange and incomprehensible, though, can sometimes be based in things more familiar than we might wish. This melancholic and witty, poetic and political film by Québécois director Denis Côté takes advantage of the traditional iconography of ghost films to tell a metaphorical tale of our fear of what is “different”. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

5. 10. Saturday

139,00 20:45
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B2C: Head-On

In St. Pauli, Hamburg, the alcoholic, drugged and hopeless German with Turkish roots Cahit Tomruk lives like a pig in a small dirty apartment and survives collecting empty bottles in the night-club "Die Fabrik". One night, he gives up living, and hits his car against a wall. However, he survives the crash and is sent to a clinic, where he meets Sibel Güner, a younger German Turk, with suicidal tendencies. Sibel is the younger daughter of a conservative Turkish family, and proposes a fake marriage to Cahit, in order to permit her to leave her family; in return, she would share the rent of the flat, and she would cook and clean the place, and they could have independent lives. Cahit accepts, but while living with Sibel, he falls in love for her, until a tragedy happens. Show more

DVD CS/ES U
DVDCS/ES

6. 10. Sunday

139,00 14:00
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B2C: Sorry We Missed You

The Turner family belongs to the social class called the “precariat”, teetering at the very edge of poverty where the slightest financial upset could mean catastrophe. In a bid to provide for his family, the father, Ricky, decides to run a franchise as a delivery driver. He is used to working hard and is ready to take up any responsibility. But instead of the freedom promised him he is sunk in a network of predatorial practices, and the desperate struggle for financial survival slowly degrades the family solidarity. The Loach-Laverty creative duo follows up on their Cannes-winning film I, Daniel Blake with an empathetic story about ordinary people trying to maintain at least a semblance of dignity on the margins of society. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

6. 10. Sunday

139,00 16:30
More info

B2C: It Must Be Heaven

Elia Suleiman lives poetry. The most famous Palestinian director returns to (feature-length) film for the first time in ten years with a melancholic, episodically constructed slapstick comedy about what home is and what defines it. Suleiman ties into the poetics of his previous films in which he has always appeared in a non-verbal main role reminiscent of Jacques Tati or Buster Keaton. It Must Be Heaven is a film dedicated to Palestine, which Suleiman is not afraid to subject to the same brand of peculiar, distinctly sarcastic, yet poetic humor that he wields against France or the USA. The latter country is the destination for the main character of this funny and touching film - a somewhat marginalized director looking for funding for a film that is apparently not Palestinian enough. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

6. 10. Sunday

139,00 18:45
More info

B2C: The Golden Glove

The life’s work of Fritz, a revolting and deformed drunk from Hamburg's San Pauli neighborhood, is the murder of local prostitutes. He hides their bodies in the walls of his attic apartment where the smell of the rotting flesh blends in with that of bachelorhood and the fumes from the Greek restaurant on the ground floor. The case of serial killer Fritz Honka shocked the whole of Germany in the mid-1970s and inspired Fatih Akin to make a film that is a counterpoint to most serial murder thrillers. Instead of a methodical investigation, it offers only chaos, muck, stink, and the virtually haptic experience of Fritz Honka's “hell kitchen”. With an elegance unique to him alone, Akin has created a monstrous artifact that puts the viewer’s resilience to a hard test and undermines the cult of mystery created around serial killings. Show more

2D CS/ES 18
2DCS/ES

6. 10. Sunday

139,00 20:45
More info

B2C: Les Misérables

Stéphane is a recent addition to a special police unit in a Paris suburb. He and his experienced colleagues, Chris and Gwada, quickly notice increased tension between neighboring gangs. When the three-man team gets into a tight spot when making an arrest, one of the gangs has a drone there ready to record their every move... Inspired by the unrest in Paris in 2005, the film is set in contemporary Montfermeil – the same place where Victor Hugo’s famous misérables rose up. Now, more than 150 years later, the similarity of today’s angry youths in hoodies to Hugo’s Gavroch is more than obvious… This phenomenal debut by director Ladj Ly won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes festival. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
2DCS/ES

7. 10. Monday

139,00 17:45
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B2C: So Long My Son

Some encounters are only for a moment, some farewells can take a lifetime. So Long, My Son is a superbly constructed family saga depicting the transformations of Chinese society amid the story of a tragedy-stricken married couple. As much an emotional melodrama as it is a penetrating study of cultural and political shifts, the film follows its protagonists over the course of three decades - from the upheavals of the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1980s to the troubled prosperity of contemporary Chinese turbo-capitalism. Unpretentious, extraordinarily moving, and masterfully filmed So Long, My Son is proof that big feelings don't need big gestures. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

7. 10. Monday

139,00 20:00
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B2C: Soul Kitchen

In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

8. 10. Tuesday

139,00 16:30
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B2C: Young Ahmed

Ahmed is a 13-year-old boy who gives the impression of being a perfect machine operated by the doctrines of pure Islam. Under the influence of a bigoted imam he becomes closed off in an ideological shell. His life in liberal Belgian society turns into a series of rejections and hatreds that he projects primarily onto a friendly and unreserved teacher. Ahmed’s fanatical faith leads him to an extreme act. In their latest film, two masters of social realism look at how deep humanity is hidden beneath the load of religious doctrine and what can turn religious fanaticism around – education, social openness, or first love. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

8. 10. Tuesday

139,00 18:45
More info

B2C: Synonyms

Yoav is a young Israeli who has just arrived in Paris when rather comical circumstances leave him in the bathroom of an empty and cold apartment without his clothes or any other personal belongings. He is saved by Emile and Caroline, a couple living upstairs. Yoav gets some money and clothes to start a new life. Though he may be able to escape the homeland he finds “disgusting, smelly, obscene, and crude,” he cannot escape his identity in Nadav Lapid’s sharp and penetrating satire. No matter what language you’re speaking, certain native synonyms will always stick with you. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

8. 10. Tuesday

139,00 20:45
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