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2018-06-28

 

The 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open with Milos Forman's film Loves of a Blonde on June 29th. At the opening concert in front of the Hotel Thermal the National Symphony Orchestra will perform the block of music from the films of Forman: Amadeus, Hair, The Firemen's Ball, Taking Off, and Valmont. Karlovy Vary Festival team tries to honour the memory of the great filmmaker who deceased of illness on April 13th.

Loves of Blonde is a key work of the Czechoslovak New Wave made in 1965. In 1966, it was the opening film at a 1966 film festival in New York and afterwards it was awarded numerous prizes. It was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the Best Foreign Film. "Milos Forman was not only an excellent filmmaker, but also a great friend of our festival. We have decided to remember him not through speeches, but through what he symbolized - film. And although our audiences will know Loves of a Blonde from its numerous showings on television, they will surely appreciate the chance to see it on the big screen." - says KVIFF's President Jiří Bartoška.

There is an interesting story behind this film. One Saturday evening in Prague, Forman ran into a girl with a suitcase who had arrived from Varnsdorf in search of a man with whom she had previously spent the night and who had expressed an interest in a relationship. However, he had given her a false address. Forman talked with her, then took her to the train station, and she went back to Varnsdorf - a town full of girls employed at a local textile factory but with a shortage of men. "Her story stayed with me for some reason and it would come back to me at add times, so I kept thinking about it. I finally asked my screenwriters if they thought there might be a screenplay there." - he wrote in his autobiography.

This year, Karlovy Vary Cristal Globe will be awarded to two filmmakers. Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema will be prized to American actor, director, screenwriter, producer and musician Tim Robbins. At the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Tim Robbins will present his auteur films and a special concert performance with The Rogues Gallery Band.

Screenwriter-producer-director Barry Levinson will also accept the Crystal Globe. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the legendary picture Rain Man (1988), awarded four Oscars, the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and the David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film.

Director Terry Gilliam will personally appear at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to present his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The shootings started eighteen years ago, with the original cast starring Johnny Depp but it was halted after just six days. The story was later the subject of Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary Lost in La Mancha. This year The Man Who Killed Don Quixote had its premiere at Cannes with whole new cast.

One of the oldest film festivals of the central and Eastern Europe offers up to 200 films to the audience. As Karlovy Vary artistic director Karel Och tells "Screendaily" they are very proud of a "diverse" group of films and plenty of themes to discuss. Three competition programmes: International Competition, East of the West and Documentary Films - Competition presents 12 films each. The cinematography from Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Argentina, Israel, Russia, Canada, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Iran and many more will be shown to the audience during 9 days.

As for one of the prior parts of the festival - the Industry Programme, it still promises numerous master classes, round tables and panel discussions to 1000 accredited film professionals.

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