Continuing to celebrate all things Czech, the 41st Karlovy Vary Film Festival will expose international auds to interesting new work by little-known Bohemians.
Event will honor returned emigre Jan Nemec, who filmed the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in 1968, with a Crystal Globe, and preem “Beauty in Trouble,” Jan Hrebejk’s first film in two years, organizers said Tuesday.
Fest will look east with Polish film “Several People, Little Time,” by Andrzej Baranski while the Swedish “Mouth to Mouth” by Bjorn Runge is the third confirmed competish feature.
Hrebejk, whose “Cosy Dens” defined post-1989 domestic features, also helmed Oscar-nommed “Divided We Fall” and 2004’s race relations polemic “Up and Down.”
Robert Redford’s appearance at last year’s fest has lead to a Sundance retrospective of 10 films screened over the last 15 years.
A tribute to John Huston will also go into the mix, including a screening “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
Local thesp Karel Roden, who has been busy with Prague features like indie black comedy “Shut Up and Shoot Me” and recently released U.S. actioner “Running Scared,” will serve on the main jury.
Sidebar East of the West, which focuses on films from the former Soviet Bloc, will feature Czech entry “Indian and the Nurse,” a love story of Gypsies and rural Czechs who idolize Native Americans, helmed by Dan Wlodarczyk.
Fest unspools June 30 – July 8.