Current AffairsFilmmakers’ “carte blanche” section to enhance cinephilia of 50th Karlovy Vary, says artistic director Och
In just over a week’s time the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will get underway in the picturesque West Bohemian spa town. Special guests will include Hollywood stars Richard Gere and Harvey Keitel, while as always cinephiles will seize the rare opportunity to catch scores of interesting new and classic movies on the big screen. This year’s Karlovy Vary is the 50th, so I asked artistic director Karel Och what festival organisers had done to make it extra special this time. More
Respected American actor Richard Gere, 65, and fellow actor Harvey Keitel, 76, will be two of the main guests to attend the upcoming 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The announcement was made by the festival’s director, Jiří Bartoška, on Monday. Mr Keitel attended the festival previously in 2004 where he received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to world cinematography; Richard Gere will be given the honour this year. The 50th inception of the Czech Republic’s most prestigious film festival will open with a screening of Time Out of Mind, in which Gere stars with Jen Malone. In the past, Gere starred in such films as Days of Heaven, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Pretty Woman. The festival begins on July 3 and finishes on July 11.
The Czech films Kobry a užovky (The Snake Brothers) and Domácí péči (Home Care) will compete for the Crystal Globe for Best Film in the official competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Kobry a užovky has already had cinema distribution but Domácí péči will receive its premiere at the festival, which is this year taking place for the 50th time. Helena Třeštíková’s latest work Mallory will compete in Karlovy Vary’s documentary competition.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is set to unveil a new screening hall at this July’s edition, its fiftieth. The 300-plus capacity hall is located at the Hotel Ambassador in the spa town’s freshly renovated Národní dům (National House). KVIFF’s executive director Kryštof Mucha said the opening of the new venue meant the festival would no longer use a blow-up cinema beside Hotel Thermal, which he described as rather outmoded.
The respected film and stage actress Iva Janžurová is set to receive an award for contribution to Czech cinema at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the organisers said on Tuesday. Other guests at the jubilee edition of the festival have not yet been announced, but Mel Gibson, who last year received Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, will appear in this year’s trailer, following in the footsteps of Jude Law and other recipients of the award.
Georgian filmmaker George Ovashvili’s Corn Island won the main prize
–the Crystal Globe Award - at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival on Saturday night. The psychological drama is the story of an old
peasant who transmits the wisdom of life to his granddaughter and reflects
on the importance of harmony between man and nature. The winning film was
made in coproduction with Germany, France, the Czech Republic and
The audience's prize went to a Czech entry - Olga Sommerova's documentary film The Magic Voice of a Rebel, which tells the life story of singer and dissident Marta Kubišová.
The Best Actress award went to Ella Fanning for her performance in Low Down, a U.S. film directed by Jeff Preiss and Nahuel Perez Biscayart picked up the Best Actor award for his role in All Yours, a Belgian-Canadian movie directed by David Lambert.
The jury's special prize went to Hungarian film maker Goergy Palfi for Free Fall. The main prize in the East of the West category went to Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class, a Russian-German co-production.
The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is to end with a gala closing awards ceremony on Saturday evening. Two Czech films are in the running for the main prize: Andrea Sedláčková’s Fair Paly and Miroslav Krobot’s Nowhere in Moravia. The festival screened over 200 films including seven international premieres, two Czech premieres and, for the first time ever, an animated film. It will close with a screening of Damián Szifrón’s Wild Tales. For the first time ever the closing film and the closing gala ceremony of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be shown live in cinemas around the Czech Republic.
Czech film actor, scriptwriter, director, and writer Zdeněk Svěrák ws awarded the president’s prize at the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival on Thursday for his lifetime contribution to cinema. The 78-year-old Czech, who won an Oscar in 1996 for the film Kolya in which he starred and directed, was given a standing ovation at the presentation in the spa town. Svěrák, whose films often contain a large dose of humour, said laughter was the main reward for his work.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival continues on its second day with the spotlight perhaps on the world premiere screening of the director’s cut of Andrzej Wajda’s film ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’. The version of the film will be screened in the presence of former Polish dissident and leader of the Gdansk shipyard strikes that helped to topple the Communist regime, Lech Walesa. As well as the former Polish president the lead actors of the film will also be present. Later on Sunday, French actor and director Fanny Ardent will present her latest film ‘Obsessive Rhythms.’
Gibson’s star guest status at Karlovy Vary has been attacked by Jewish groups in the Czech Republic who highlighted past comments deemed to be anti-Semitic. In an interview at the festival’s launch, Gibson said he had tried to deal with those complaints and dismissed them as ‘just noise.’ The head of the Jewish Community, Petr Papoušek, in a letter to the festival’s organising committee accused Gibson of propagating xenophobic and anti-Jewish sentiments and regretted the film festival had invited him as its star guest. Gibson was criticized for his depiction of Jews in the film, The Passion of the Christ, which he directed and was also caught on tape in an anti-Semitic rant in 2006.