This year’s Visegrad Film Hub section features 3 special programmes

The VISEGRAD FILM HUB section presents the programme THE RAISIN PROPHECY: Ester Krumbachová with two sessions dedicated to the work of the costume designer, set designer, screenwriter and director, fundamental in the Czech New Wave. The section will also feature a programme in partnership with the Primanima festival, the PRIMANIMA – SILHOUETTES, with the screening of 8 animated short films. And, finally, a special screening of Tereza Nvotová’s “Nightsiren” (2022) within the programme VFH NEW VISION.

THE RAISIN PROPHECY: Ester Krumbachová
Half-forgotten for a long time, Ester Krumbachová (1923–1996) was the gray eminence of the Czech New Wave. After the change of political climate in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, her name was blacklisted and her work could only be appreciated again from the 1990s onwards, when the banned films returned to screens. Her rediscovery was supported by the documentary In Search of Ester (2005) created by Věra Chytilová. Alongside the documentary, the program presents Krumbachová’s sole directorial work, The Murder of Mr. Devil (1970).

Primanima’s SILHOUETTES panorama at BEAST focuses on experimental, provocative and controversial, subversive and extraordinary animated short films. In this programme you can find films from Primanima’s 10th anniversary edition’s official SILHOUETTES selection and also from our Competition programme. The audience can see a screening of formally and thematically unconventional films submitted for the Primanima festival.

This section will also have a special screening of Tereza Nvotová’s “Nightsiren” (2022), winner of the Golden Leopard in the Best Film category of the Cineasti del presente section at the 75th edition of the Locarno Film Festival.


In addition to Visegrad Film Hub, the festival will also present 3 special programmes: DOCNOMADS – SHORT STORIES, POST PXRN – RADICAL VISIBILITY and RE/FOCUS.


A section created in partnership with DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Documentary Filmmaking that aims to highlight the profound potential of documentary cinema as a narrative medium and a bridge between cultures. This session will screen the short films “My Uncle Tudor” (2020), by Olga Lucovnicova, “May the Earth Become the Sky” (2022), by Ana Vijdea, “Dusk” (2020) by Bálint Bíró, and “All Our Nights” (2020) by Nicolle Reale, Viv Li and Zsófia Paczolay.


In this program, made in collaboration between BEAST and Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw, the films are an attempt to reclaim a language for talking about carnality. It is worth watching not only with curiosity but also with concern: this is the beginning of a new path leading towards contemporary art, freedom and dignity.


This programme arises from an urge to re/connect, from a will to stay in touch with previous editions’ Focus Countries. This year, the festival sends an invitation – to go back – to the future: hosting a Special Screening that brings Lithuania (Focus Country 2019) back into the spotlight with “Roberta”, a documentary directed by Elena Kairyte. 


/ VISEGRAD / FILM / HUB /, organized by BEAST International Film Festival with the support of International Visegrad Fund, provides support for the audiovisual works from the V4 region (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) through activation of networks and educational events.