Karlovy Vary Fest to Launch Retrospective Program

Anurag Kahsyap
Anurag Kahsyap
 Nyay Bhushan

Retrospectives of the work of three international directors will be screened this summer at the 49th edition of one of Europe's top cinematic events, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Italian director Elio Petri, who died at 52 in 1982, Indian screenwriter, director and producer Anurag Kashyap and British filmmaker Ben Rivers will all be showcased at the festival in the Czech Republic.

The retrospectives, the first program announcement ahead of July's festival, offers cineastes a glimpse of films not often seen.

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The "uniquely comprehensive retrospective" on Petri -- one of postwar Italian cinema's most significant personalities, includes his Oscar winning 1969 film Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and Cannes Golden Palm awarded work The Working Class Goes to Heaven.

Petri was, the festival says, "marginalized until recently thanks to his pointed, uncompromising views of contemporary politics, morality, and art."

Kashyap is the most highly-acclaimed moviemaker working in India today. The festival will screen films that include his ambitious gangster saga, Gangs of Wasseypur, that was shown in Cannes two years ago and local hit, The Lunchbox, which he co-produced.

There is also a complete profile of the work of Rivers, an artist and director whose work, such as his 2011 feature debut Two Years at Sea, merges documentary and "highly personal parables."

The 49th edition of Karlovy Vary IFF runs July 4-12, 2014.

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