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48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2013

"Shame" (Yusup Razykov)

The Czech Republic's annual summer showcase of world cinema, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the 48th edition of which ran from 28 June to 7 July. In the main competition were films from Polish directors Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze, Israeli director Yossi Madmony, Hungary's Janos Szász, Czech Jan Hrebejk and Vinko Bresan from Croatia. Among the 14 titles were six world premieres and seven international premieres.

Besides the official Competition there were sections devoted to East of the West with 16 titles by young directors including six debuts, and a strong documentary line-up. The festival, hosted in a Bohemian spa town two hours' drive from Prague, also offered plenty of star power, headed by John Travolta who attended a screening of Mark Steven Johnson's Killing Season. The two-time Oscar nominee, famed for his performances in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, The Taking Of Pelham 1,2,3 and a raft of other international box office hits, received the festival's prestigious Crystal Globe lifetime achievement award.

The other notable recipient of the award this year was veteran director Oliver Stone who presented his latest project The Untold History of the United States. Considered one of Europe's most relaxed festivals where stars and political luminaries — such as the late Czech president Vaclav Havel who was a frequent visitor before his death in 2011 — mingle with guests, the event has a reputation for spotting emerging new talents from Eastern Europe and Asia as well as for screening intelligent and popular retrospectives. A legion of students and film fans camp out under the stars to catch the screenings in assorted venues. (György Báron, Richard Mowe)

Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, June 28 — July 6, 2013). FIPRESCI Prize: Shame (Styd) by Yusup Razykov (Russia, 2013, Color, DCP, 90 mins). Jury: György Báron, Hungary, president ("Élet és Irodalom"), Mike Naafs, The Netherlands ("De Filmkrant"), Richard Mowe, UK ("The Herald"), Latika Padgaonkar, India (The Asian Age), Simon Safranek, Czech Republic (""). Print source: Producer: Vladimir Malyshev, Andrey Malyshev; Production: Cultura Initiatives; Contact: Yusup Razykov, e-mail:


Through the Lens Darkly. György Báron reviewed the Le Grand Cahier by János Szász. The film was one of the highlights of the Festival where it was awarded the Grand Prix (Crystal Globe) and the Europa Cinemas Label Jury Award. the report. arrow.
Treading the Tightrope Between Reality and Fiction. Many of the titles on offer in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year demonstrate some of the different approaches of directors who decide to stray cross the border and back again. Richard Mowe's impressions. arrow.
The War — Behind You, Beside You. According to Latika Padgaoinkar it comes as no surprise that war — whether foregrounded or backgrounded — features in five of the 14 Competition films at Karlovy Vary this year. arrow.
Closed off, Locked in. When does a social encounter become an intrusion? — asks Mike Naafs. A lot of films in the official programme of this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival dealed with intruders, which from a dramatic point of view is understandable: One needs something to disrupt the order, otherwise one can't have drama. The order being: A perfectly happy life. arrow.



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Karlovy Vary 2013

bullet. Index
bullet. Through the Lens Darkly
bullet. Treading the Tightrope
bullet. Behind You, Beside You
bullet. Closed off, Locked in

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