Echoes of Karlovy Vary coming to Prague

A broad selection of festival films will have a few screenings after the festival

If you aren’t going to make it Karlovy Vary this year for the film festival, no worries: Some 29 films from the festival are coming to Prague and Brno for the Official Echoes of Karlovy Vary. It will be at Světozor and Aero in Prague and Scala in Brno from July 7 to 15. Colloquially, the event is called Šary Vary.

The festival itself, in its 53rd edition, runs in the spa town until July 7.

Not all of the films are English-friendly, but the webpage of the event has them marked with a red EF logo. The award-winning film will be shown also, but it is not yet clear what language it will be in.

Aside from the Echoes, several other films such as Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Shot Don Quixote and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman will soon be going into Czech distribution.

In the Echoes minifestival fans of westerns should keep an eye out for Hostiles, starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi. The often brutal film tries to make a more accurate depiction of the relations between the US military and Native Americans in the late 1800s.

A father and daughter living in the wilderness in modern times to be “off the grid” is the subject of Leave No Trace. Currently it has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning it has had only positive reviews. The acting and low-key approach have both been praised. Actor Ben Foster, by coincidence, is in both Hostiles and Leave No Trace.

The French seem to like tales of a midlife crisis, and Gilles Lellouche’s Sink or Swim falls into that genre. A man joins a synchronized swim club and finds it does a lot to improve his life.

French director Romain Gavras’s new comedy The World Is Yours has a mismatched gang on a mission to make that one big score. The film, which features Vincent Cassel and Isabelle Adjani, was shown in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The Italian film Lucia’s Grace follows what happens when a woman sees a vision of the Virgin Mary and tries to build a shrine on a site destined to be a shopping center. The film won an award from the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes festival.

Several film feature people on journeys of self-discovery. The winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes, Diamantino follows a failed football player on a personal quest that eventually takes him face to face with the refugee crisis.

A surreal costume drama, Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel’s Zama finds a Spanish soldier waiting in an isolated outpost waiting for a transfer to a more interesting place.

The coming of age genre is covered by the Slovenian drama History of Love. A young woman tries to find the truth about her mother in this dreamlike film.

There are also some documentaries. The rise of Russia’s current leader is told in the documentary Putin’s Witnesses. The film uses the testimony of people who were close to the events and also includes director Vitaly Mansky’s own perspective.

Current affairs are the focus of the Slovak documentary When the War Comes. A young man looking for some purpose in life joins a paramilitary group.

A few more entries are also English-friendly and cover topics such as amnesia, ballet and Australia in the early 20th century.

Tickets can be reserved by phone or bought online or at the box offices. Advance purchase is recommended.

For more about Echoes of Karlovy Vary visit www.ozvenyvaru.cz.

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