Echoes of Karlovy Vary in Prague
Kino Světozor will show some of the highlights of the festival
If you didn’t make it to the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, or if you missed that one film you really wanted to see, you have a second chance. Kino Světozor, just off of Prague’s Wenceslas Square, and Kino Aero, in Žižkov, are presenting some of the film highlights from July 9 to 17.
The films are in their original versions with Czech subtitles, but there are several interesting entries in English. The winning film, which has yet to be announced, will also be shown.
Captain Fantastic, which will soon get a general release in Prague as well, stars Viggo Mortensen as a man who lived on his own with his children in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, but is faced with having to rejoin society. Aside from being at Karlovy Vary, the film was also at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.
Swiss Army Man stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano in a surreal comedy drama that premiered at Sundance. The plot involves a man stranded on a desert island becoming friends with a lifeless body that washes up on the shore one day. The body seems to possess supernatural powers and manages to transport them both back to the mainland, where a strange love story involving actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead then takes place.
Café Society, the new film from Woody Allen, won’t officially be released in the Czech Republic until September, so you have a chance to see it way in advance. The romantic comedy has a large ensemble cast including Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Kristen Stewart. The story, set in the 1930s, has a young man from the Bronx moving to Hollywood and falling in love with the secretary to an influential agent.
Paterson, the new film by Jim Jarmusch, will be released in Prague in October. The film is set in Paterson, New Jersey, a town that poet William Carlos Williams once wrote an epic five-volume poem about. Other poets like Allen Ginsberg were also associated with the town. Jarmusch’s film follows the daily life of a bus driver who writes poems in his spare time, and his wife who is obsessed with black-and-white décor. The film is not strong on plot, but favors little moments to create a portrait of the characters and a city in decline.
The Wolf From Royal Vinohrady, the last film from director Jan Němec, will be shown with English subtitles. The semi-autobiographical film was completed after the director’s death. The film highlights the ups and downs of a director who is starting a promising career but flees to the west after the 1968 Soviet invasion. Among the film’s highlights are the re-creation of a meeting with Donald Trump’s then-wife Ivana, who is Czech, and an interrogation by the Czechoslovak police where the director and a police captain argue over whether Kafka was counter-revolutionary or not.
Some older films are also included. O Lucky Man, a 1973 film by Lindsay Anderson and starring Malcolm McDowell, is one of the classic British angry young man films of that era. An Italian film from 1960, Rocco and His Brothers, will be shown with English and Czech subtitles. The film by Luchino Visconti features Alain Delon in the ensemble cast.
For those who can deal with Czech subtitles or spoken Czech, there are additional highlights including Pedro Almodóvar’s new film Julieta, about a mother’s strained relationship with her daughter.
The newly restored version of the Czech sci-fi classic Ikarie XB 1 is also on the program.
Echoes of IFF Karlovy Vary 2016 program: www.kinosvetozor.cz
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