June 28 to July 6
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
What’s It All About?
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) is considered the most important film event in Central and Eastern Europe. Launched in 1946, it is one of the oldest film festivals of all time.
The KVIFF this year will screen more than 200 films including six world and seven international premieres. Several hundred film directors, actors and other filmmakers personally present their films at KVIFF and up to 850 distributors, sales agents, producers and festival programmers attend the festival every year. International sales companies use the festival as the best place to present their films to local European distributors and Central and Eastern European journalists.
Watch Out For!
Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo will open the festival this year. The film featuring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris is an adaptation of a Boris Vian’s novel and is a poetic fantasy about making sacrifices for a loved one. The film also marks Gondry’s return to filmmaking after last year’s The We and The I.
The official selection of the Competition Section includes 14 films. These are:
• A Field In England
• Le Grand Cahier
• A Place In Heaven
• The Priest’s Children
• Sources Of Life
• The Value Of Time
• Viva la Liberta
The films that have been selected Out Of Competition include:
• Behind The Candelabra
• Mood Indigo
• My Father’s House
Lifetime Achievement Award
Hollywood actor John Travolta will attend the festival for a gala screening of Mark Steven Johnson’s Killing Season and will be awarded the festival’s prestigious Crystal Globe lifetime achievement award.
Oscar-winning producer-writer-director Oliver Stone will also receive a lifetime achievement award at KVIFF this year.
Out Of Past
The Out Of Past section will showcase the premiere of All My Good Countrymen by Vojtech Jasny, a restored version of Heaven’s Gate by Michael Cimino and the world premiere of Pavo Marinkovic’s documentary Occupation, the 27th Picture. The film focuses on director Lordan Zafranovic’s film, Occupation in 26 Pictures, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 35 years ago and Zafranovic will be in attendance for the world premiere.
The festival will also host two restored silent films from the 1920s – JS Kolar’s The Arrival Of Darkness and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 film The Ring. Both films will feature live musical accompaniment too.
Steven Soderberg´s latest film Behind The Candelabra will close the festival. Soderbergh has cast two of his favourite actors in his new film – Matt Damon and Michael Douglas. The film is a glorious foray into Liberace’s glittering, ostentatious world of the late 1970s and focuses on his relationship with Scott Thorston, 40 years his junior.