This summer, the largest film festival in the Czech Republic, the Karlovy vary International Film Festival will be back in its 52nd installment, presenting visitors with some of the most promising of recent films, along with restored masterpieces from the past, all while awarding the leading personalities of world cinema.
From June 30th until July 8th, the festival will be presenting around 200 films from all around the world, many of which will be shown for the first time in the Czech Republic. Many of these are also international or European premieres as well. The program is going to be quite rich, with a wide competition section, and an even wider and more variable non-competition section. This allows for visitors to discover both the work of promising new creative talent, as well as enjoy masterpieces of outstanding international filmmakers the calibre of Kenji Mizoguchi (one of the greatest known Japanese directors together with Akira Kurosawa and and Yasujirō Ozu) and Jiří Brdečka, with their well-known film Lemonade Joe and Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos with their movie The Shop on Main Street, winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, only to name a couple. As a tradition, each year the Karlovy Vary IFF also pays tribute to and honors some of the greatest personalities in the world of cinema. For the upcoming festival, a special honor will be given in recognition of music composer James Newton Howard, composer of music for legendary movies such as Pretty Woman, Batman Begins, and The Fugitive. He will be attending the event and conduct a world premiere of the music from his latest music Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra during the opening day of the ceremony. (June 30th)
Finally, The Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, will be presented to director Ken Loach and his longtime screenwriter Paul Laverty, who were both responsible for films such as Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and more recently I, Daniel Blake, while the Karlovy Vary IFF President’s Award for Artistic Contribution to Czech Film will be conferred upon screenwriter and director Václav Vorlíček, responsible for such works as Girl on the Broomstick and Three Wishes for Cinderella.
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