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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

June 29 – July 7, 2012

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

What’s It All About?

The Karlovy Vary International film festival (KVIFF) is one of the oldest festivals in the world. Founded in 1946, it began as the pre-war dream of enthusiastic filmmakers. It was intended to screen the results of the recently nationalised Czechoslovakian film industry.

The festival now in its 47th year has its main venue in the Thermal Hotel. The KVIFF presents over 180 feature films from all over the world. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives many of these have their world, international or European premieres at this festival too. This year again, the audience will have a chance to watch interesting films under varios categories apart from the traditional programme sections.

Watch Out For!

The festival will have screenings under four categories:

• Main Competition

• East of the West Competition

• Documentary Competition

• Forum of Independents

Main Competition Screenings:

• Hay Road

• Boy Eating The Bird’s Food

• Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing...,

• Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy

• The Almost Man

• Camion

• Nos Vemos, Papa

East of the West:

• The Town Of Ash

• Flower Buds

• Yuma

• Shameless

• The Exam

• Dear Betrayed Friends

Documentary Competition:

• The Queen Of Versailles

• Two Nil

• Private Universe



In the category of Forum Of Independents, a Pakistani film Noor will also be screened.

Films competing for the Crystal Globe for Best Film include:

• Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy

Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana, the film is described as a thrilling reconstruction of the notorious and, to date, unsolved terrorist attack in Milan in 1969.

• To Kill a Beaver

Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski, the hero of the film has shut himself off from the world due to the trauma of his war experiences, but a girl he has never met before manages to pull him out of his paranoid state.

• Polski Film

The film is a mischievous reflection on the boundaries of reality and fiction. It shows us how to cope with our own fame and the pitfalls associated with the art of filmmaking. It is directed by Marek Najbrt.

• Boy Eating The Bird’s Food

The film directed by Ektoras Lygizos is described as one of the more radical films to come out of Greece.

• Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing…

Directed by Hüseyin Tabak, the film overwhelms not only by its general sensitivity, but also an ability to tell a very serious story through the eyes of a little boy.

Other Debut Features:

• Kamihate Store (Japan)

• Nos Vemos, Papa (Mexican)

Awards: The Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema will be awarded to British actress Dame Helen Mirren.





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