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Feature debut from Prague-based Olzo Omerzu will be in the New Directors competition

praguepost.com, 29. 7. 2015

The feature-length debut of the director Olzo Omerzu, Family Film (Rodinný film), was selected for the official program of San Sebastian International Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 18–26.

Jiří Konečný from endorfilm is the Czech producer of the film, which stars Karel Roden, Jenovéfa Boková and Martin Pechlát.

Omerzu, a Slovenian director living in Prague, studied at FAMU and celebrated success already with his graduation film. The Night Too Young was selected for the Forum section of 2012 Berlinale.

Family Film, presented as a concept at 2012 Karlovy Vary Pitch & Feedback, was made as part of a large international co-production with the participation of the Czech Republic, France, Slovenia Germany and Slovakia. 

Family Film breaks the family down into prime factors, according to a published plot synopsis. “A husband and wife set sail on the ocean, leaving their two children at home to explore the freedom offered them by the absence of parental supervision. But fear clouds the kids’ seemingly carefree life after they lose contact with their parents: their boat capsizes in a storm and the father’s beloved dog is lost,” the synopsis states.

Several more plot twists involve the need for a kidney transplant and questions about paternity. The dog also is not as lost as first seems, but much changed.

At the San Sebastian IFF, the film will be a part of a competitive section New Directors, where the main prize is €50,000.

The most recent success of Czech film in San Sebastian was 10 years ago, when Bohdan Sláma’s Happiness won the festival’s main prize.

San Sebastián, is an annual film festival started in 1953 and held in the Donostia-San Sebastián in the Spain’s Basque region.

It is recognized as one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, being one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, the same association that recognizes the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The San Sebastián festival is considered the most important one in the Spanish-speaking world.

Guests have included Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere and Brad Pitt.

Over the years it has seen the international premiers of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and the European premier of Star Wars.