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The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic earlier this year delayed its 55th annual edition to July 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but organizers have now unveiled plans to screen roughly 30 films over four days in November in what is dubbed the fest’s 54 1/2th edition.
A complete program for the four-day event will be unveiled on Oct. 19. The event, taking place Nov. 18-Nov. 21, will provide a “non-competition survey of films,” they said, thanks to “an exclusive selection of the most distinctive films to have aroused positive responses at their premieres at Sundance, Berlin, or Venice, or that bear the Cannes Label.”
“We are convinced that at this time when people in the Czech Republic and around the world must come to terms with different living conditions, we must maintain the continuity of important events that reinforce our awareness of cultural values at home and within the international context,” organizers said on Wednesday. “There is no need to resign on cultural life even today.”
Added the organizers: “While respecting all applicable hygienic measures, we aim to provide our guests and audiences a unique chance to experience the festival’s atmosphere during the untraditional autumn season, at a smaller scale but with high-quality programming and the unique opportunity to stay in places that, during regular festivals, are normally closed to the public.”
Each movie will be shown two or three times at the Grand and Small Halls of the Thermal Hotel, at the Karlovy Vary Theatre, and the town’s Čas Cinema. 2020.
Coronavirus safety measures for guests and audiences will be in effect. “Besides all national or regional governmental regulations valid during the festival, we are also planning a number of additional measures of our own,” the Karlovy Vary team said. “A specialized company will ensure several types of preventative disinfection.”
Due to the festival’s shorter duration, “there will be no Festival Passes,” organizers highlighted. “Instead, tickets will be sold for individual screenings, with priority given to online sales.” For health and safety reasons, visitors will have to register their contact information when purchasing their tickets.
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