"Night Owls" premieres at Karlovy Vary
Monday at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival saw the world premiere of ‘Night Owls’ – one of the two Czech films in this year’s competition. The movie was directed by Oscar-nominated animator, Michaela Pavlátová, and stars the young Czech talents Martha Issová and Jiří Mádl. In the run up to the big screening, Rosie Johnston caught up with Michaela Pavlátová on the terrace at the spa town’s Hotel Thermal.
“To be nominated in the Karlovy Vary Film Festival competition, this is already the award for me. And when people ask me if I expect anything, I don’t, because it already came. I have really enjoyed the last two or three months following on from the announcement that we would be competing in Karlovy Vary, because I have spent them in a sort of cloud of happiness. And really, nothing can be better than those last three months.”
While you are in Karlovy Vary, are there a couple of films that you yourself want to go and see?
You’re premiering your film tonight, how do you feel about it? Nervous? Or are you really looking forward to it?
You have been involved in film now for so many years, first in animation, then documentary, then feature film. And this is far from your first trip to Karlovy Vary. How are you enjoying and experiencing it this year, and how does it compare to past festival experiences?
“I think that it is always easier to come without a film, and just be in the audience and enjoy the films. But this year is very special – I think that I will never forget this, this year. And I think that the next year when I come to be part of the normal audience I will enjoy it much more. But it is nice to be, for a couple of days, the centre of attention.”