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NewsOver 135,000 viewers attended screenings at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

10-07-2016 15:29 | Ruth Fraňková

Over 135,000 viewers attended screenings at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival offered 200 films, including 21 world premieres, and more than 500 screenings took place. The festival in the West Bohemian spa town also welcomed over one thousand film producers, distributors and other film professionals. The budget of the 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival amounted to 135 million crowns, which is approximately the same as last year. The tickets and festival passes sales revenue amounted to some 5 million crowns. 

NewsHungarian film It's Not the Time of My Life picks up main prize at Karlovy Vary film festival

10-07-2016 09:31 | Ruth Fraňková

The 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival closed with an awards ceremony on Saturday night. The Crystal Globe for best film went to the Hungarian film It's Not the Time of My Life, shot by the director Szabolcs Hajdu in his own home with the members of his own family and his friends. Hajdu also received the Best Actor Award. Zuzana Mauréry received the Best Actress Award for the film The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk. The audience's prize went to the American movie Captain Fantastic.

The prize for the best film of the East of the West Competition was awarded to a quasi-autobiographical debut by a Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze House of Others and the Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film went to LoveTrue by an Israeli director Alma Har'el.

Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová and American screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman received The Festival President’s Award. 

NewsCinemas in Prague and Brno to screen films from Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

09-07-2016 10:12 | Ruth Fraňková

Cinemas in Prague and Brno will screen films presented at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film 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 will have a chance to see 25 films, including the winner of the festival's main competition, until July 17. The festival in Karlovy Vary comes to a close on Saturday night. 

Current Affairs‘The Teacher’ tipped for Karlovy Vary film festival award winners

08-07-2016 14:05 | Ruth Fraňková

‘The Teacher’, photo: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary The 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is slowly drawing to a close, with the eight-day event due to climax with a glitzy awards ceremony on Saturday evening. What films are being tipped for the top prizes at the country’s biggest film event? And how has this year’s Karlovy Vary been in general? I put those questions to Ian Willoughby, who is at the festival in West Bohemia.  More

Current AffairsThreatened Czech mining village focus of ambitious Wasteland series

07-07-2016 13:21 | Ian Willoughby

'Wasteland', photo: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary A Czech mining village divided over plans that could see it wiped off the map is the focus of Pustina, or Wasteland, a hugely ambitious HBO series that has just been previewed at the Karlovy Vary film festival. The eight-part drama evokes real locations in North Bohemia, such as the Jezeří Chateau surrounded by surface mines, and I asked Pustina co-producer Tomáš Hrubý (whose previous credits include Burning Bush) how closely it reflected actual communities threatened with extinction.  More

NewsKVIFF: Reno to accept Festival President’s award

04-07-2016 13:34 | Jan Velinger

French actor Jean Reno (The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, Les Rivières pourpres) on Monday is attending the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival underway in the spa town in western Bohemia. Mr Reno, the Czech News Agency reported, is currently in Prague for the filming of a new production called Adventurers, directed by Stephen Fung. On Monday, Reno is to accept the Festival President’s Award and is to present a special screening of the cult film Léon by director Luc Besson. In the 1994 film Mr Reno portrayed the title character, a hit man, in New York City. 

Current AffairsAnthropoid story close to our hearts, says star Jamie Dornan

04-07-2016 11:51 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Eva Turečková The Karlovy Vary film festival kicked off on Friday night with the much-anticipated world premiere of Anthropoid, a big-budget movie starring Hollywood actors that recreates the daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942. The gala event was attended by the movie’s stars and its director Sean Ellis. Ian Willoughby sent this report from Karlovy Vary.  More

One on OneKVIFF interpreter Helena Koutná: As audiences understand more, they’re thinking, Is she going to get that right?

04-07-2016 10:27 | Ian Willoughby

Helena Koutná, photo: Vaiva Katinaityte To regular visitors to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, interpreter Helena Koutná is an extremely familiar face. Koutná has been appearing on stage alongside some of the world’s biggest movie stars at the festival for two decades now and is known for her excellent work and ability to cope smoothly with any situation. When we caught up just prior to this year’s KVIFF, I asked what had initially drawn her to interpreting.  More

NewsKVIFF will see premiere of Lucie documentary and special screening of The Last Temptation of Christ

03-07-2016 12:14 | Jan Velinger

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival continues on Sunday with another 50 screenings including the premiere of a new documentary about legendary Czech rock and pop band Lucie. Journalists are also due to meet with actor Willem Dafoe; later he is to introduce a special midnight screening of The Last Temptation of Christ directed by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York). 

NewsKVIFF: Willem Dafoe awarded Crystal Globe

02-07-2016 12:01 | Jan Velinger

The 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival began on Friday with one of this year's top stars, American actor Willem Dafoe, being awarded the festival's Crystal Globe - recognizing outstanding artistic contribution to world cinematography. Mr Dafoe is known for a wide body of work including roles in the films Platoon, Wild at Heart, Spider-Man, and The Last Temptation of Christ.

On Friday, the festival opened with the world premiere of the Czech-British production Anthropoid. 


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