Movie star Willem Dafoe and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman will be the special guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the organisers announced on Tuesday. Dafoe, who is known for his roles in The Last Temptation of Christ, Platoon and countless other pictures, will receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. The President’s Award will go to Kaufman, the author of such distinctive works as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary festival begins on Friday next week.
The final film by director Jan Němec, who died in March at the age of 79, is to take part in the main competition at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organisers announced on Tuesday. Němec, who first made his name as part of the Czech New Wave, partly shot The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street (Vlk z Královských Vinohrad) at last year’s festival. There will be two locally-directed contenders for the top prize at Karlovy Vary this year, with Jan Hřebejk’s The Teacher also in the running.
The British-US-French coproduction film Anthropoid which tells the story of the 1942 assassination of acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in Czechoslovakia, will open this year’s edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which gets under way on July 1, the festival’s spokeswoman Uljana Donátová announced on Thursday. The screening of Anthropoid will be attended by the director Sean Ellis and by the leading actors Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Aňa Geislerová and Toby Jones. The historical drama was shot in the Czech Republic over the last summer.
Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová, who turns 85 next month, will receive the President’s Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July, organisers announced on Tuesday. In connection with the prize, there will be a screening of her 1970 movie The Ear; directed by Karel Kachyňa, it is regarded as a classic of Czech cinematography. A restored version of another great Czech film, Intimate Lighting by Ivan Passer, will also be presented at the 51st edition of the festival. Actor and screenwriter Zdeněk Svěrák, who recently reached 80, will appear in the festival trailer.
A new Czech documentary called Amerika, which has recently premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Festival, explores the unique Czech pastime known as tramping, inspired in part by the vision of the American Wild West. But instead of providing a detailed description of the movement, the film takes its viewers on a journey through the Czech countryside, giving them an opportunity to experience the emotions one feels when wandering through the landscape. We have more in this week’s edition of In Focus. More
The 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival closed with an awards ceremony on Saturday night.US film Bob and the Trees, where the main character, logger and rap fan Bob Tarasuk, plays himself, took the main Crystal Globe award for best film. The Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film went to Czech filmmaker Helena Třeštíková for her latest long-term documentary Mallory. Czechs also took the awards for best actor and actress. Alena Mihulová was rewarded for her portrayal of a dedicated nurse in Slávek Horák’s debut Home Care and Kryštof Hádek was given the award for his role in the drama The Snake Brothers by Jan Prušinovský.
Cinemas in Prague and Brno will screen films presented at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Festival. The festival's annual Official Echoes get underway this Saturday in the Aero and Světozor cinemas in Prague and in la Scala cinema in Brno. People who missed the festival will have a chance to see 31 films, including five from the main competition, until July19. The festival in Karlovy Vary, which celebrates 50th anniversary this year, comes to a close on Saturday night.
The awards by non-statutory juries were announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday. The award of international film critics FIPRESCI went to Romanian film Box by Florian by Florin Şerban. The Ecumenical Jury awarded Bob and the Trees by US director Diego Ongara. The jury's special mention went to Ukrainian film Song of Songs. The FEDEORA Jury Award went to Heavenly Nomadic by Mirlan Abdykalykov and The Wednesday Child by Lili Horváth. Visar Morina's Babai collected the Europa Cinemas Label Award.
World premiere of the digitally restored copy of the legendary Czech film by Karel Zeman, 'Vynález zkázy' ('Invention for Destruction'), was held at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday night. The 1958 loose adaptation of Jules Verne's novel 'Facing the Flag' remains one of the most succesfull films in the country's history. It evokes the original illustrations for Verne's works by combining live actors with various forms of animation. The digital restoration of the film is part of a joint project of the Karel Zeman Museum, The Czech Film Foundation and Czech Television.
The team behind the upcoming feature-film “Anthropoid”, which tells the story of the famous 1942 assassination of acting Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, assembled at the Karlovy Vary film festival to promote the project, set to begin filming this summer in the Czech Republic. The film will star Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy as the legendary Czech and Slovak assassins responsible for the highest profile killing of a Nazi official during the Second World War. More