Eastern Europe gets Czech spotlight

PRAGUE — “Angel Exit” by Czech helmer Vladimir Michalek will represent the Czech Republic in competion at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (July 5-14), program director Eva Zaoralova has announced.

Horizons, the best-of-fests section, has so far selected Julian Schnabel’s “Before Night Falls,” starring Oscar nominee Javier Bardem, John Boorman’s “The Tailor of Panama,” which premiered in Berlin, Robert Altman’s “Dr T. and the Women” and “The Wrestlers” by Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, “The Filth and the Fury” by Julian Temple, and John Herzfeld’s “Fifteen Minutes” starring Robert De Niro and Czech star Karel Roden in his U.S. debut.

As usual, Eastern Europe is in the spotlight, with “Super 8 Stories” by Emir Kusturica and a planned concert by Kusturica’s band No Smoking. Jury president Krzysztof Zanussi will debut his new film “Hidden Treasures.” Fest returnee Jan Jakub Kolski’s “Keep Away from the Window,” “Moscow” by Russia’s Alexander Zeldovich and “Bo Ba Bu” by Uzbek director Ali Chamrajev screen in the East of the West section.

This year’s East Meets West seminar (July 12-13), includes screenings of “England!” by German helmer Achim von Borries, the U.K.’s “The Last Resort” by Pawel Pawlikowski and the international premiere of “West” by Italy’s Corso Salani. Czech director Otakar Vavra (“Guild of the Kutna Hora Virgins” and “Krakatit”) will receive the festival’s Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World cinema as a 90th birthday present.

Other films already selected include “Don’s Plum” by RD Robb and starring former fest guest Leonardo DiCaprio, Mexican Oscar nominee “Love’s A Bitch” by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu and “Phantom” by Portugese filmmaker Joao Pedro Rodrigues.

A South Korean retrospective will include last year’s Cannes competitor “Chunhyang” by Im Kwon-taek, Lee Kwang-mo’s “Spring in My Hometown,” Chung Ji-young’s “Life and Death of the Hollywood Kids,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Barking Dogs Never Bite” and Kim Ki-duk’s “The Isle.”

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