Fest auds make new ‘Buddy’

Tyro helmer Tyldum unspools crowd-pleaser at Karlovy Vary

KARLOVY VARY — A bright burst of Norwegian sunshine on Monday banished the clouds that hung over Karlovy Vary’s opening weekend. “Buddy,” a comedy of romantically challenged twentysomethings who become reality TV stars, hit its target with this fest’s young film fans. A standing ovation for the competition film continued even after the director and actors left the stage, where they were mobbed for autographs. Quite a triumph for these unknown thesps and their first-time helmer Morten Tyldum.

Fest programmer Julietta Zacharova said that several distribs were circling the film, as its commercial appeal lends itself to pan-European auds as well as a Hollywood English-lingo remake. Tyldum said that he had rushed to get a print ready for its world premiere here, but some final tinkering was needed before its Norway release in late August.

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