The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has honoured the Oscar-winning
actor, director, screenwriter and producer Tim Robbins with its prestigious
Crystal Globe award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.
Robbins, who is the main star at this year’s festival, will personally introduce a screening of his films Bob Roberts and Shawshank Redemption on Saturday night.
In his thank you speech at the award ceremony on Friday night Tim Robbins expressed his admiration for two Czechs, the late president Vaclav Havel and film director Milos Forman who died earlier this year and whose film Loves of a Blonde opened this year’s film festival as a tribute to his work.
The 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will kick off with a glitzy opening ceremony on Friday evening. Over the next eight days, the spa town in West Bohemia will be the centre of the domestic arts world, with many tens of thousands of people flocking to the festival from the Czech Republic and further afield.
The Czech Republic’s top film event, the Karlovy Vary festival, gets underway on Friday. As every year, it promises scores of movies from around the world and both Hollywood names and lesser-known but no less interesting guests. Ahead of the opening, I got some tips on what to watch out for during the 53rd Karlovy Vary’s from its artistic director, Karel Och. I first asked Och if there were any festival sections he would particularly like to highlight this year.
Actors Tim Robbins and Anna Paquin and director Terry Gilliam have been
revealed as special guests at the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary
International Film Festival, which begins on Friday next week. They join
previously announced guests such as Barry Levinson and Richard Linklater,
who are both directors.
Terry Gilliam will introduce his latest movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Tim Robbins will present Bob Roberts and Cradle Will Rock, two films he directed; the Hollywood star will also perform a concert with his band at the festival.
The just-announced main competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will feature two Czech films: Adam Sedlák’s Domestique, and Winter Flies by Slovenian-born director Olmo Omerzu. To get a flavour of this year’s local contenders for Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe, I spoke to the festival’s artistic director, Karel Och.
There will be two Czech films in the main competition at this year’s
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Among the 12 films in contention for the Crystal Globe will be Winter Flies
by the Prague-based Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu and Domestique, the
debut feature from 28-year-old Adam Sedlák.
The country’s biggest film event runs this year from June 29 to July 7. It will be the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF, which was first held in 1946.
The 58th Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth on Monday
welcomed the biggest star at this year’s festival Andrea Morricone, one
of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son
of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the music for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which had its world premiere at the festival on Monday night.
Morricone is to receive the festival’s main award –the Golden Slipper – for his contribution to world cinematography.
The Zlín film festival is screening around 500 movies, of which 169 are competing for the main award.
The 58th International Film Festival for Children and Youth opens in the
town of Zlín on Friday night. The festival, which runs until June 2nd,
will screen some 300 films from around 50 counties of which 18 will have
their world premiere in Zlín.
169 films are competing for the main festival prize The Golden Slipper, the Europe Award and the Zlín Dog, among others. The festival expects to attract over 120,000 visitors.
Among the VIP guests this year is Andrea Morricone, one of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the musical composition for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which is having its world premiere screening on Monday, May 28at the festival.
US Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson is set to receive the Crystal
Globe for his outstanding contribution to world cinema at this year’s
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the festival organizers announced
Among other guests will be Danish actress Trine Dyrholm to present her film
Nico, in which she played the lead role as Andy Warhol’s muse.
This year’s 53rd edition of the festival will take place from June 29 to July 7.
This year’s Pavel Koutecký Award for Best Czech Documentary has gone to
Petr Horký for his film Švéd v žigulíku or The Russian Job. The
documentary follows a Swedish manager Bo Andersson who comes to Russia to
save the dying automaker company Avtovaz Car, the manufacturer of Lada.
The award giving ceremony took place in Ústí nad Labem on Saturday night. Over 80 documentaries were considered for the prize, with the winner eventually selected from a shortlist of five.
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