36th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival opens tonight


By: Daniela Lazarova

The Grand Prize of the festival: Crystal Globe
Cinema experts, movie buffs and movie makers have arrived in the west Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary for the opening of the 36th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Thursday night. Some 6,000 accredited participants and tens of thousands of fans are expected to view 260 films from 42 countries, chosen from a total of 600, in the course of the nine day film marathon. The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the former Eastern block - a popular show case for independent movie makers and documentary producers. The star of this year's festival is Nastassja Kinski who is expected to attend the world premiere screening of "An American Rhapsody" on Thursday night.