Karlovy Vary to honor Karel Vachek

Experimental Czech documentarian to get retrospective

COLOGNE, Germany -- The Karlovy Vary international film festival (July 2-10) is using its 45th anniversary to toast experimental Czech documentarian Karel Vachek with a complete retrospective of his work.

Vachek's political/philosophical documentaries -- from his debut "Moravian Hellas" (1963) to "Zavis, the Prince of Pornofolk" (2006) -- have pushed the boundaries of the form, combining cinema verite with staged scenes and combining politics, humor and philosophical discussions. As a professor in the documentary department at Prague's Film Academy, Vachek has also groomed a new generation of Czech filmmakers.

Vachek, who turns 70 this year, will attend Karlovy Vary, where he will hold a master class together with producer Radim Prochazka and discuss his upcoming doc "Obscurantist and His Lineage."