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Karlovy Vary to Offer 250 Films at 38th Festival

Karlovy Vary to Offer 250 Films at 38th Festival

Karlovy Vary to Offer 250 Films at 38th Festival

by Wendy Mitchell

Czech hit “Pupendo” will screen in competition at the 38th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Image courtesy Total HelpArt THA.

The Czech Republic’s famed Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced the line-up for its 38th event, to run July 4-12. The competition slate includes 16 films, most of which will have international or world premieres in this Czech spa town. The competition includes two domestic features, “Pupendo” by Jan Hrebejk, about a sculptor living under the Communist regime, and the Slovak-Czech co-production “Cruel Joys,” directed by Juraj Nvota, about a girl who causes a stir in a small Slovak town in 1933. Among other competition features are Wayne Kramer’s “The Cooler” (U.S.), Morten Tyldum’s “Buddy” (Norway), Kim Ki-duk’s “The Coast Guard” (Korea), Alain Corneau’s “Fear and Trembling” (France-Japan), Natasha Arthy’s “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” (Denmark), Aisling Walsh’s “Song for a Raggy Boy” (Ireland-U.K.-Denmark-Spain), among others. Karlovy Vary’s grand jury is led by Canadian film producer Rock Demers, with Indian filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Czech actress Anna Geislerova, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, Italian critic and screenwriter Felice Laudadio, American producer/director Sunmin Park, and Slovenian writer and teacher Branko Somen.

In the documentary competition, films will include Jose Padilha’s “Bus 174” (Brazil), Simon Pummell’s “Bodysong” (U.K.), Margreth Olin’s “My Body” (Norway), Marcela Arteaga’s “Remembrance” (Mexico), Adela Peeva’s “Whose Is This Song?” (Bulgaria), and Ulrich Seidl’s “Jesus, You Know” (Austria), among dozens of others. The docs jury includes Swedish doc maker and festival director Gunnar Bergdahl, Czech director and DP Ivan Vojna, Rotterdam’s Ludmila Cvikova, Russian critic Elena Stishova, and Venezuelan director and consultant Atahualpa Lichy.

Other sections at the festival will include Horizons, which will screen recent international festival hits such as “City of God,” “Adaptation,” “The Crime of Father Amaro,” “Dogville,” “American Splendor,” “Elephant,” “Good Bye, Lenin!,” “In This World,” “Distant Lights,” and “Dirty Pretty Things.” The Forum of Independents section will focus mainly on American indies such as David Gordon Green’s “All the Real Girls,” Peter Sollett’s “Raising Victor Vargas” (overseas title: “The Long Way Home”), Allan Mindel’s “Milwaukee, Minnesota,” and Todd Louiso’s “Love, Liza,” alongside foreign works like “Respiro,” “Southeast,” and “Too Young To Die.” Other sections offered at Karlovy Vary will be dedicated to experimental works, Czech films, Variety critics’ choices, student films, Central and Eastern European works, and programs devoted to Joseph Strick, Yasujiro Ozu, Amos Gitai, Maurice Pialat, and others.

In all, the festival will show more than 250 films. For a complete line-up, visit

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