Sebastien Pilote feature to premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary

La disparition des lucioles, the third feature from the Quebec director, lines up against 11 other projects in the festival's main competition program.

firefliesCanadian filmmaker Sébastien Pilote’s La disparition des lucioles (“The Fireflies Are Gone”) will make its world premiere in competition at the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The project (pictured), about a rebellious yet charismatic teenager (played by Karelle Tremblay), will line up against 11 other films in the main competition category.

La disparition des lucioles, Pilote’s third feature, is produced by Bernadette Payeur and Marc Daigle of Montreal-based prodco ACPAV. It stars Pierre-Luc Brillant, Luc Picard, François Papineau and Marie-France Marcotte. Seville Pictures is handling distribution in Quebec and will release the film theatrically this fall. Seville International is handling international rights.

Also competing in the main competition program is Paweł Maślona’s Panic Attack (Poland), Adam Sedlák’s Domestik (Czech Republic/Slovakia), Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yaakov’s Redemption (Israel), Ömür Atay’s Brothers (Turkey/Germany/Bulgaria), Radu Jude’s I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians (Romania/Czech Republic/France/Bulgaria/Germany), Oriol Estrada and Natalia Cabral’s Miriam Lies (Dominican Republic/Spain), Ivan I. Tverdovskiy’s Jumpman (Russia), Ana Katz’s Sueño Florianópolis (Argentina/Brazil/France), Peter Brunner’s To the Night (Austria/U.S.), Olmo Omerzu’s Winter Flies (Czech Republic/Slovenia/Poland/Slovakia) and Sonja Prosenc’s History of Love (Slovenia/Italy/Norway).

There are also a pair of Canada coproductions selected to screen in competition in the documentary section. The first of those, Cielo (Canada/Chile), directed by Toronto-based Alison McAlpine, will make its European premiere at the festival. Filmed in the Atacama desert in Chile, the doc looks at the sky and the stars as seen from that part of the world.

Also making its European premiere is A Little Wisdom (Canada/Nepal/China), helmed by China-born director Yuqi Kang. The doc goes behind the scenes of an isolated Buddhist monastery in southern Nepal that not only provides refuge for monks but also for orphans up to the age of 16.

The festival runs from June 29 to July 7.