Actor speaks out at Karlovy Vary festival
Danny Glover urged Hollywood to focus more on small, socially relevant pics as he spoke at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on Wednesday.Thesp was at the fest to pick up a career award, sharing the limelight with John Sayles as they presented “Honeydripper” to Czech crowds. Pic, which portrays the lives of Southern blues men who gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll but were rarely credited, is a reminder that racism is not dead, Glover told journalists. Other low-budget, consciousness-raising films are on the minds of many at the fest, which wraps Saturday. Following the record-breaking success of “Citizen Havel,” about former president Vaclav Havel, docus are gaining traction in central Europe, with nine of the best pending releases shown at Karlovy Vary this week in the Docu Talents From the East session. “Radar — The Czech Peace,” made by the team that created the hit sendup of Czech consumer madness “Czech Dream,” is an ironic look at U.S. plans for a radar base west of Prague and the Czech government’s eagerness to approve it. HBO’s Czech Republic arm announced five local projects it’s interested in backing, the best one of which will win $100,000 and distribution over the pay TV network. Ondrej Zach, the pay web’s Czech Republic exec director, said docu production in the region is robust, but HBO wants to cultivate those that are “more like films,” with slick production values, provocative topics and fresh, unconventional ideas. HBO’s Czech net expects to complete one or two docs per year, aspiring to the format of the cabler’s recent Stateside docus, to flesh out its new Bez Cenzura (Uncensored) series. Meanwhile, young auds turned out in droves to see pics in the New Hollywood II sidebar, including “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” and “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” Latter pic’s helmer Paul Mazursky, “McCabe” cameraman Vilmos Zsigmond plus Marcia Nasatir and Lorenzo Semple Jr., the octogenarian Hollywood multihyphenates who now front YouTube film show “Reel Geezers,” have all found fest crowds welcoming. Variety executive editor for features Steven Gaydos quipped at the close of a panel with the four that Hollywood producers should consider flying Czech auds back to the U.S. to bolster indie filmmaking.