Celebrating 50 years of KVIFF: Introducing the Future Faces Of Film

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) celebrates it’s 50th outing this week, offering an exciting look into recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to actors John Cazale and Chris Penn. The golden jubilee edition of the festival is a fantastic opportunity to explore international film, whilst discovering in the Czech Republic.

This year KVIFF premières a new element of the festival entitled Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow. These filmmakers study at European film schools, are at the beginning of their careers, and on the verge of completing their first films. Students and graduates of film schools have been selected for this new programme from the European Film Promotion (EFP). With KVIFF’s support, the EFP will introduce 10 directors and their films to the professional and viewing audience. The screenings will take place on 6 – 7 July.

One project that is included in this section of the festival is Jerry Carlson’s dark Swedish film All We Share, which highlights the interplay between humans and their reluctance to talk about issues. There is even more great work on display throughout the festival such as Mátyás Szabó’s tense tale of claustrophobia of captivity in The Border and Patrick Vollrath’s forceful family drama Everything Will Be Okay. After receiving it’s world première at International Critics’ Week at Cannes, Vollrath’s film highlights the talent that directors at the beginning of their careers bring to the screen.

With over 300 international directors presenting their latest offerings, KVIFF is an important film festival on the international circuit. Every year, the festival presents a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, whereby the festival recognises actors and filmmakers for their inspiring work in the field of international cinema with previous winners including Jar City, Corn Island and The Notebook.

KVIFF, until 11 July, Panská 892/1, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Mesto, Czech Republic.

To find out more, visit www.kviff.com.

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1. Mátyás Szabó’s The Border.