The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, certainly one of Europe’s oldest and best movie fests, started to tease parts of its 56th version — which is able to happen in its eponymous Czech metropolis from July 1-9 — in a press launch issued on Tuesday.
In a present of help for close by Ukraine, KVIFF introduced that it’ll host the Works-in-Progress program of the Odesa International Film Festival, which can’t be held as a result of that nation’s ongoing conflict with Russia. “Broad solidarity with war-afflicted Ukraine must also include support for the country’s cultural life, which at this moment has come almost to a halt,” Hugo Rosák, the top of KVIFF’s Industry Department, mentioned. “As a film festival, we have tried to find ways of supporting Ukrainian cinema, and we are glad that we have managed to work with the Odesa film festival to find a meaningful form of cooperation.” Added Anna Machuh, OIFF’s normal director, “We are honored to have this opportunity to show Ukrainian cinema, talent and culture to the world.”
KVIFF additionally revealed that it’ll bestow its President’s Award — which acknowledges excellent figures in Czech cinema — to the actor, playwright, screenwriter, and director Boleslav Polívka. The launch said, “For more than two decades, Bolek Polívka has left a similarly distinctive mark on Czech cinema. His most remarkable roles include the portrayal of a priest in Vladimír Michálek’s Forgotten Light (1996), which earned him a Czech Lion for best actor and another award in the same category at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He later also took home a Czech Lion for best actor for Divided We Fall (dir. Jan Hřebejk, 2000), which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film.”
KVIFF, which has commonly helped to digitally restore basic Czech movies, has this 12 months completed so with Jaromil Jireš’ 1969 Czech New Wave standout The Joke (1969), which it would additionally present through the fest. The movie’s digital restoration was organized by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in collaboration with the National Film Archive and the State Fund for Cinema, and was carried out at UPP and Soundsquare utilizing authentic sound and movie negatives saved on the National Film Archive.
And the fest can be launching a brand new year-round initiative referred to as KVIFF Talents, the target of which is “to identify talented filmmakers” — from simply the Czech Republican and Slovakia, for now — “and to support the creation of creative audiovisual projects with international ambitions possessing a high level of originality.” Selected filmmakers will obtain financing for improvement, mentoring from consultants and the possibility to current their initiatives to potential producers, companions, and traders on the fest. “The program will be another important piece of the puzzle promoting greater originality, creative boldness, and international ambitions by filmmakers from our region,” famous KVIFF govt director Kryštof Mucha.