Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

SINCE: 1946

WHERE: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe.

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American Film BOB AND THE TREES Win Top Prize at 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

American Film BOB AND THE TREES Win Top Prize at 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The American film, Bob and the Trees, starring Bob Tarasuk, playing himself, as Bob, a fifty-year old logger, struggling to make ends meet in a threatened industry, was awarded with the Crystal Globe at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Tarasuk accepted the Festival Grand Prix in person, together with director Diego Ongaro (pictured above). “This really is a surprise. We had virtually no money to shoot the film so I had to invest my and […]

Richard Gere to be Honored, TIME OUT OF MIND to Open, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE to Close 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Richard Gere to be Honored, TIME OUT OF MIND to Open, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE to Close 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Time Out of Mind directed by Oren Moverman and starring Richard Gere and Jena Malone, will open the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.  Richard Gere will also be presented with festival’s highest award, the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema. In the film, Richard Gere plays a homeless man, who is thrown out of his ramshackle apartment and on to the street, with everything he owns in two plastic bags. This powerful story from the life of a homeless person […]

2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

The 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival unveiled the official competition lineup, featuring some of the youngest filmmakers in the festival’s recent history.  The lineup includes premiere of new movies by Dietrich Brüggemann and Romanian filmmakers Anca Damian and Florin Şerban, as well as the feature debut of the “rising star of Italian cinema” Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. “This year, we are excited to present the youngest competition line-up in the KVIFF’s recent history, the average age […]

János Szász’s THE NOTEBOOK Wins GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

János Szász’s THE NOTEBOOK Wins GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

THE NOTEBOOK (LE GRAND CAHIER / A nagy füzet ) directed by János SzászTHE NOTEBOOK (LE GRAND CAHIER / A nagy füzet ) directed by János Szász

THE NOTEBOOK (LE GRAND CAHIER / A NAGY FÜZET ) directed by János Szász won the GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which took place from June 28th to July 6th in Czech Republic. THE NOTEBOOK is described as a fascinating and hard-hitting adaptation of the controversial first novel by Hungarian writer Agota Kristof about 13-year-old twins forced to spend the last years of the Second World War with their cruel grandmother somewhere near the Hungarian border. A FIELD IN ENGLAND directed by Ben Wheatley was awarded the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE. In the film, which takes place in England during the Civil War, a group of men flee from a raging battle but they are captured and forced to take part in a hunt for treasure supposedly buried somewhere in a field. But before they start digging, they gobble up some strange-looking mushrooms and then everything goes ‘crazy.’