Karlovy Vary Film Festival to take place in November

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival happens in the Czech Republic’s premier industry event.

On Wednesday, the administration announced about the abridged launch from Nov. 18 in the spa town.

The official information

Karlovy Vary Film Fest will run for four days, hosting physical screenings at four cinemas. The event’s venue is at the historic west Bohemian resort hamlet, where it has been based since the post-WWII era. Vary will be a non-competitive program, screening top titles from other significant fests.

By holding its first fractional event, organizers give their remarks on occasion. Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ will be offering audiences the Czech premieres of an exclusive selection of the most distinctive films. The movies will have positive responses from their premieres at Sundance, Berlin, or Venice or bear the Cannes Label.

Keeping the legacy alive

The fest’s artistic director remarks that it would screen a digitally restored print of 1966 Czech classic, called “Kocar do Vidne” (Carriage to Vienna) by the original artist Karel Kachyna. Last year’s nomination for best film at Karlovy Vary stars Iva Janžurová and Jaromír Hanzlík. The movie follows a young Austrian soldier running from the Soviet army Czech widow to save his injured comrade.

The fest is celebrated for its freewheeling camera style. Consequently, the film hints at the future promise of Kachyna’s “Ucho” (The Ear). The latter is a noir-ish 1970 study in paranoia that centers on a party official and his wife. It further opens up how their home is infested with police state surveillance microphones.

Screenings of the Film Fest

Some 30 films will screen two or three times. The projections for the same will be in the Grand and Small Hall of the iconic Hotel Thermal. The Hotel is the traditional mothership of the Karlovy Vary fest. Additionally, it is known for its distinctive Brutalist architecture.

Similarly, other screenings will draw crowds to the ornate Karlovy Vary Theatre and the nearby Cas Cinema.

The full program is launch online at kviff.com on Oct. 19, where guests can book discount-price tickets starting Oct. 21.

Planning Film Fest amidst the pandemic

With COVID-19 cases currently on the rise in the Czech Republic and new restrictions in place, safety rules now limit gatherings to 10 people but allow for up to 500 in cinema halls with social distancing, masks, and contact tracing use.

The unique mid-year event follows the online version of the Eastern Promises industry platform in July, which brought together international film professionals with more than 40 film works in progress from Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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