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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

‘Superheroes’ to Open, ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ to Close Karlovy Vary Festival

Two romantic dramas will bookend the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The A-list Czech festival will kick off its 56th anniversary event with opening film Superheroes, the new feature from Italian director Paolo Genovese (Perfect Strangers) on July 1, and will close, July 9, with a gala screening of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of […]

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central Europe’s Biggest Cinema Party, Returns in Style

In a region of the world — central and eastern Europe — that hasn’t had much to celebrate recently, the news that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is returning in full force this year (the 56th KVIFF runs July 1-9) is truly a reason to party. “We had a physical event last year but […]

Ukrainian Works-in-Progress, Scheduled for Odesa Fest, Premiere in Karlovy Vary

In a typical year, fans of Eastern European cinema, after enjoying the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in early July, would hop on a two-hour flight to Odesa, Ukraine for the Odesa International Film Festival, the No. 1 annual event for Ukrainian cinema. 2022, of course, is far from typical. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. […]

Five Karlovy Vary Hot Spots Not to Miss

No trip to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival would be complete without a visit to some places to eat, drink and be merry in the legendary Czech spa resort. Here is a closer look at five local hot spots. Hotel Thermal The Hotel Thermal is the heart of the Karlovy Vary Festival: a pearl […]

Matt Dillon to Receive 2022 Locarno Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

American actor Matt Dillon, whose career has ranged from gritty independent cinema with Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy (1989) through the blockbuster comedy of the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary (1998) to the European auteur cinema of Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built (2018) and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Nimic (2019), will be honored […]

Karlovy Vary Fest Adds Documentary ‘Lynch/Oz,’ Three World Premieres to Complete Lineup

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has completed its 2022 line-up, adding Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary Lynch/Oz to its Out of the Past section and three new premieres to its Imagina sidebar. Lynch/Oz, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this month, will have its European premiere at the Czech festival. Philippe’s documentary essay explores how the […]

Karlovy Vary Film Fest Will Screen Odesa Film Fest’s Titles in Show of Solidarity With Ukraine

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of Europe’s oldest and finest film fests, began to tease elements of its 56th edition — which will take place in its eponymous Czech city from July 1-9 — in a press release issued on Tuesday. In a show of support for nearby Ukraine, KVIFF announced that it […]

‘As Far As I Can Walk’ Wins 2021 Karlovy Vary Film Festival

As Far As I Can Walk, a contemporary re-imagining of a traditional medieval epic in which African migrants take the role of Serbian national heroes, has won this year’s Crystal Globe as the best film of the 2021 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The film is the second feature from Serbian director Stefan Arsenijevic, Oscar-nominated for […]

Why Are European Film Festivals Rushing to Rehabilitate Johnny Depp (and Can it Work)?

The backlash was immediate. Shortly after the San Sebastian film festival this week announced it would give the Donostia Award, its lifetime achievement honor, to disgraced actor Johnny Depp, the outrage machine kicked into gear. Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media joined the online chorus condemning the decision, saying it was “very surprised” […]

‘The Nest’ With Jude Law to Close Karlovy Vary Film Festival

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has confirmed the first films for its 2021 program, unveiling on Tuesday that The Nest starring Jude Law will close the 55th edition of KVIFF on Aug. 28. Law stars as Rory, a once high-flying commodities broker in 1980s Reagan’s America who returns home after a career setback […]

Second Major European Festival Honors Johnny Depp

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has become the second major European film festival to throw its support behind controversial actor Johnny Depp, announcing Tuesday that it will celebrate the Pirates of the Caribbean star at its 55th event this summer. Karlovy Vary said it would pay tribute to Depp’s “significant contributions to film” by […]

Michael Caine to Receive Karlovy Vary Fest Lifetime Achievement Honor

He does this sort of thing for a living. British actor Michael Caine will add another trophy to his packed awards case when the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival honors the two-time Oscar, three-time Golden Globe, and two-time European Film Award winner with its 2021 Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. Caine […]