Karlovy Vary slate heavy on local fare

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The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival took the wraps off its 43rd edition Monday, revealing a competition lineup true to its Central and Eastern European roots.

While this year's festival will feature an array of international titles, organizers still managed to preserve the event's focus on its home region.

The Czech Republic has a pair of films in the official competition. Considered one of the up-and-coming voices of Czech cinema, Petr Zelenka brings "Karamazovi," a cinematic retelling of Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" based on Evald Schorm's theatrical production. Also featured is helmer Michaela Pavlatova's contemporary Prague love story "Night Owls."

Other Eastern European titles in the official selection include Croatian Zrinko Ogresta's psychological drama "Behind the Glass" and "Captive," by Russian director Alexey Uchitel, a struggle-for-survival story set during a recent war in the Caucasus.

"The Guitar," the directorial debut of Amy Redford, daughter of Robert Redford, is the sole U.S. entry in competition. The freshman feature, which debuted this year at Sundance, focuses on a young woman suddenly confronted with her own mortality.

The festival in the Czech spa town is set for July 4-12. A complete lineup is at THR.com/festivals. (partialdiff)
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