Anthropoid set to steal show at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
The 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gets underway in the West Bohemian spa town on Friday evening. As every year, the country’s biggest movie event promises Hollywood stars, several world premieres and a unique atmosphere generated by thousands of enthusiastic young film fans. Radio Prague’s Ian Willoughby is in Karlovy Vary and we asked him what is coming up tonight as well as throughout the festival:
“There is a lot of interest in that movie, and actually it is being shown at four cinemas at the same time, which is very unusual also here, I have never seen that happen before. The main screening will be at the Grand Hall of the Hotel Thermal at the festival opening ceremony.
And apart from those names that you mention, what stars can visitors expect to see in Karlovy Vary this year?
The biggest names include the US actor Willem Dafoe, who is going to receive Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe Award for outstanding contribution to world cinema and he should get that on Friday night. He is known for movies like ‘Platoon’, ‘Wild at Heart’, ‘Last Temptation of Christ’ and a lot of others, including a couple of Spiderman movies and even voicing some Disney films, like ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Finding Dory’.
"And many film buffs will be very excited to see Charlie Kaufman here. He is a screenwriter who wrote quirky, kind of cerebral films, like ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, and he’s here with his latest work, ‘Anomalisa’. It is an animated film but in many ways it’s very human and very good I think.”
And there’s always interest in what Czech films have been selected for Karlovy Vary – what locally made films can audiences look forward to?
“That’s true, every year there is a lot of interest in the Czech films being shown here. This year the biggest buzz probably is about the film ‘The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street’. It’s the final film by the great Czech new wave director Jan Němec.
“There is one other Czech entrant in the main competition, ‘The Teacher’ by Jan Hřebejk, who is probably still best known for one of his earlier films, ‘Cosy Dens’ or ‘Pelíšky’. The teacher is set in Slovakia in 1980s and it looks like to be a return to form for Jan Hřebejk.
“Finally I would like to mention the world premiere on Saturday of the restored version of ‘Intimate Lighting’, one of the all-time greatest Czech films by director Ivan Passer. He lives in the States but he is coming to Karlovy Vary tomorrow for that screening and the world premiere of the restored version.”