Fest trims pics but adds more screenings and preems

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“3 Season in Hell,” “Kooky” and “Mother Teresa of Cats” unspool at the fest.

With 30 fewer films in official selection this year, Karlovy Vary festivalgoers will have a greater chance to see the movies of their choice.

“We’ve reduced the number of films — we have 180 features this year — and put on more screenings,” says Karlovy Vary program director Karel Och. “We think that is audience-friendly because not everybody can come for the entire festival.”

Apart from the weather — which festival regulars know can be sunny and hot one minute or pouring down with rain the next — there are no other changes anticipated in what Och hopes will be a classic Karlovy Vary.

“We’ve maintained our sponsorship and position as the country’s most important cultural and social event. We’ve more debuts in the main competition than normal — nearly half the program — but that happened by chance,” Och adds.

Cineastes should look out for the first mockumentary to make it into the main competition, Frederic Sojcher’s Belgian-French co-production “Hitler in Hollywood,” starring Maria de Medeiros as an actress in pursuit of an elusive filmmaker. Pic makes its world preem at Karlovy Vary.

Other highlights include the first-ever feature film from Greenland, Sundance screener “Nuummioq,” directed by Torben Bech and Otto Rosing, Poland’s buzz pic “Mother Teresa of Cats” and Czech pics “Kooky” and “3 Seasons in Hell.”

Czech director and screenwriter Bohdan Slama heads the main jury.

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