Karlovy Vary’s “Art Talent Show” award winner picked up by Filmot

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Prague-based sales agent Filmor boarded Adela Komrzy and Tomas Bojar’s feature-length documentary ‘Art Talent Show’, which won two awards at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July.

Following its Karlovy Vary premiere, where it won the Proxima Competition Section Grand Prize and the FIPRESCI International Critics Award, the film’s North American rights were acquired by Film Movement.

Aero Films will release the film theatrically in the Czech Republic in October, and Film Expanded will release the film theatrically in Slovakia in the spring.

The film follows the entrance exams to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and his search for the next generation of talented artists. In his review for Variety, Jessica Kiang describes the film as “spiritual” and “Wiseman-esque”, adding that it is “irreverent but strangely optimistic”. It was “a documentary less about artistry or skill and more about Sisyphus’ task of assessing one and nurturing the other,” she wrote.

Bojar and Komrzý “focus on the different processes and approaches used by different studios to sort through the current crop of applicants, and teachers’ conversations with each other and with their future students during these stressful, exhausting and, presumably for some, a few harrowing days.

The film was produced by GPO Platform and co-produced by Czech Television.

Komrzy’s previous film “Intensive Life Unit” won the Czech national film award, the Czech Lion.

Bojar’s previous film “Off Sides”, which Filmor also represented, was presented at Visions du Reel, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh and Odessa.

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