The 48th film festival is held in June 28 – July 6 in Karlovy Vary
Each year, it presents over 180 feature films from all over the world. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, the films were released during the past year and many of them are screened as world, international or European premieres. Once again this year, audiences will enjoy interesting retrospectives and focuses in adition to the traditional program sections.
Festival welcomes John Travolta and Audrey Tautou
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will award the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema to American actor, two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner John Travolta. A gala screening of the film Killing Season will also be held on the occasion. The part that John Travolta plays in this film is only the most recent testimony to the outstanding dramatic mastery with which he assumes demanding roles through a wide range of genres.
Eminent French director Michel Gondry will present his latest film Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours) during the gala opening ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. This strikingly poetic fantasy story about the power and resolve to make any kind of sacrifice for a loved one stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. The adaptation of Boris Vian´s cult novel was produced by STUDIOCANAL in association with Brio Films.
The Karlovy Vary IFF is one of the oldest film festivals of all time (the first year took place in 1946). For more than 40 years the festival was organized under the pressure of the political situation in communist Czechoslovakia. After the social changes in November 1989 the festival struggled for several years with lack of interest from the side of the state as well as public, in whose eyes it was almost irretrievably discredited.
In the year 1994 the organization of the festival was taken up by a new team, in the lead of which stood Czech actor Jiří Bartoška and significant film columnist and critic Eva Zaoralová, who decided to transform the stagnant show into a film forum of international importance. Within a few years, the team of Jiří Bartoška and Eva Zaoralová managed to return the festival the prestige and interest of both professional and lay public through its new programme as well as organizational concept.