Karlovy Vary coming to Prague and Brno

Some film festival highlights will play at Aero, Světozor and Scala

If you missed the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival or just couldn't get in to some of the screenings, 29 of the films will be showing in Prague at kino Světozor and kino Aero and also at Brno in kino Scala in a minifestival called Echoes of Karlovy Vary or Šary Vary. The festival will run from July 8 to 16. Many films, though, will not have English subtitles. The films that are English friendly are marked with an EF logo on the schedule.

Tickets can be reserved over the phone or bought online through the cinema websites.

Some of the films will eventually be going into distribution at Czech theaters, and others will play only at the echoes festival.

Big hits include the new crime dramas Baby Driver and Good Time, the Civil War psychological drama The Beguiled, the romantic comedy The Big Sick, the World War II film Their Finest, the wannabe cult film How to Talk to Girls at Parties and the modern-day western Wind River. The winning film also will be played, but it is not yet clear if it will be English-friendly.

Baby Driver is written and directed by Edgar Wright and stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. The plot s a bit of a throwback to films like Le Samouraï (1967) Bullitt (1968) and The Driver (1978), with the focus on crime and fast cars. It will later go into general release in Czech cinemas.

Good Time features actor Robert Pattinson. It is directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. The film has a new take on the daily life of some small-time crooks.

The Beguiled, from director Sofia Coppola, stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. It is based on the same novel that inspired a film starring Clint Eastwood. During the US Civil War, a Union soldier takes refuge in a school of lonely Southern girls. The director gets in touch with the emotions under the surface. This will also soon come to Czech cinemas.

The Big Sick was the opening film of at KVIFF, and will also soon go into general release. It looks at a Pakistani comic who falls for an American college student. The relationship becomes complicated by illness.

Their Finest is set in London as a small crew of people work on a propaganda film. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy star.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties has divided the critics. Some find it to be fun, and others say it tries hard but misses the mark. It is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, and stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Nicole Kidman. The story takes place in the punk era and has a cult of space aliens trying to blend in.

Wind River stars stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. An FBI agent and a wild game tracker try to get the bottom of the murder of a Native American in a desolate area.

A few Czech films are in the schedule with English subtitles. The documentary The White World According to Daliborek (Svět podle Daliborka) takes viewers into the world of a Czech skinhead. Another documentary follows the career of opera star Soňa Červená. The film is simply called Červená and was directed by Olga Sommerová.

Little Crusader (Křižáček) turns back time to create a slow-paced but artistic vision of a knight searching for his lost son. Karel Roden stars in this adaptation of a poem by Jaroslav Vrchlický.

Other notable films include the Slovak-Ukrainian gangland drama The Line (Čiara), which find growing tensions as Slovakia joins the Schengen zone. The Romanian film Breaking News delves into a journalist's investigation of a colleague's life. The British film God's Own Country delves into LGBT issues.

Several film look at troubled women struggling with families and relationships. The French-German film In the Fade from director Fatih Akin stars Diane Kruger. It gives viewers a personal look at a mother affected by a bomb blast. The Croatian-Danish film Quit Staring at My Plate presents a down-on-its-luck family that seems to argue at the drop of a pin, with the daughter supporting everyone else but getting no respect. Jeune femme (Paula) is a French film about a young woman drifting from place to place and working odd jobs as she tries to get her life back together.

A few more films are also English-friendly. The rest will only have Czech subtitles.

For more information, visit www.ozvenyvaru.cz (ENG)

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