Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Screen Seven Canadian Films
TORONTO - Seven Canadian films will screen at the upcoming 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in a bid to seize European critical attention before commercial releases back home.
Telefilm Canada, the Canadian government's film financier, is partnering with Karlovy Vary to showcase the Canuck talent, starting with competition berths for David Lambert's Je suis à toi and Andrew Huculiak's Violent.
Lambert's latest film, a Belgium-Canada co-production about an Argentine male escort lured to Belgium by a lonely baker, will receive a world premiere in official competition.
And Huculiak's debut feature Violent, a Norwegian language drama about a young woman remembering the five people who loved her the most, will also receive a world premiere in the Forum of Independents competition.
The Canadian contingent in Karlovy Vary will also include Andreas Horvath's Earth’s Golden Playground, an Austria-Canada co-produced documentary, Bruce LaBruce's Pierrot Lunaire, a Germany-Canada co-production, and Denis Côté's Que ta joie demeure.
And following Xavier Dolan sharing the jury prize in Cannes for Mommy, the Canadian actor and director will see that film, and an earlier work, Tom at the Farm, screen in Karlovy Vary as part of the Horizons section.
The Canadian showcase in the Czech Republic spa town is part of a broader strategy by the Canadian government to build international resonance for homegrown films at major foreign markets and festivals to boost their box office prospects back home on commercial release.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is set to run from July 4 to 12, 2014.