The 12 films contending for the Best Film Crystal Globe at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival have just been announced. They include works by hot young directors, as well as faces familiar to regular attendees at the Czech Republic’s biggest cinema event. However, when the festival takes place from the end of June there will be no Czech films in the main competition, which is something I discussed with KVIFF’s artistic director, Karel Och.
Romanian director Radu Jude was awarded the Crystal Globe for Best Feature
Film at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his story of
a director who refuses to compromise with Holocaust deniers.
Jude’s film, entitled “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”, conveys a little-known chapter of WWII in which the popular Romanian general Ion Antonescu led a massacre of Jews. It also ingeniously updates Hannah Arendt’s incisive work on the banality of evil.
The Grand Jury also awarded two Special Mentions, one for the Russian co-production film “Jumpman” and one for the Slovenian co-production film “History of Love”. The East of the West Award went to a distinctive debut by Elizaveta Stishova “Suleiman Mountain”, an original account of the life in Kyrgyzstan.
A Special Jury Prize in the East of West Competition was granted to Hungarian film “Blossom Valley”. The new film by Vitaly Mansky “Putin’s Witnesses”, also made in co-production with the Czech Republic, won the Documentary Films Competition. The Documentary Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film “Walden”.
Hollywood actor and director Tim Robbins, a special guest at this year’s
ongoing international film festival in Karlovy Vary, is due to perform
there on Wednesday evening with his group, The Rogues Gallery Band.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Shawshank Redemption” received the A-list Czech festival’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the opening ceremony on Monday.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival prides itself on helping films from the former Eastern Bloc reach international audiences. One way the festival achieves this is via its Film Industry Office, which supports projects from around the region in a number of ways. I discussed the office’s work with its head, Hugo Rosák.
One of the most anticipated Czech documentaries at the 2018 Karlovy Vary international film festival had its world premiere on Monday night. King Skate combines period images and contemporary interviews to map the tiny skateboarding scene in 1980s Czechoslovakia. I asked the film’s director Šimon Šafránek how domestic skaters managed to acquire boards in the late communist era.
The biggest star at the opening of the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was Hollywood actor Tim Robbins. On receiving the event’s lifetime achievement award, Robbins, a well-known liberal, took aim at Donald Trump’s presidency – but he also praised the special role that film festival’s play in today’s culture.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will welcome the American
director and producer Richard Linklater on Sunday, as part of a tribute
dedicated to the Austin Film Society, a non-profit initiative supporting
local filmmaking that Linklater founded in 1985.
Actress Anna Paquin and director Stephen Moyer will attend the screening of their film Parting Glass and Tim Robbins will introduce his 1999 historical drama Cradle Will Rock.