Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Present Six Close Encounters

Kim Ki-duk (above), Mark Cousins, Sergei Loznitsa, Luis Minarro, Michael R. Roskam and Sion Sono to select their favorite films

The 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival is to include a special section entitled Six Close Encounters, in which six directors who share a history with the festival will present one of their favorite films.

“It is extremely important to us that we maintain long-term relationships with filmmakers whose work we follow continuously, often from the beginning of their careers, which in many cases were launched at the festival,” artistic director Karel Och said.

With this in mind, the event asked six directors to select and personally present a favorite film that played a fundamental role in defining their own filmmaking styles.

The directors contributing to the showcase are Mark Cousins, Kim Ki-duk, Sergei Loznitsa, Luis Minarro, Michael R. Roskam and Sion Sono.

Cousins chose the Iranian-French film “A Moment of Innocence” (1996) by one of the leading directors of the Iranian new wave, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Cousins’ homage to his hometown “I Am Belfast” will play in the Documentary Films Competition.

Kim, whose film “Stop” will world premiere at the fest, will present Lee Chang-dong’s 2010 film “Poetry.”

Loznitsa will show director Kira Muratova’s magnum opus “The Asthenic Syndrome” (1989). This raw epic about the state of Soviet society during the spread of perestroika won the Special Jury Prize at the 1990 Berlinale and is one of the pinnacles of Soviet cinematography. Loznitsa’s “Old Jewish Cemetery” will play in the Imagina section.

Minarro’s contribution to the section is Orson Welles’ 1958 film noir “Touch of Evil,” while Roskam selecting the adaptation of Auguste Le Breton’s “Rififi” by director Jules Dassin. Roskam’s “The Drop,” which won the screenplay award at the San Sebastian Film Festival last year, will play at Karlovy Vary.

Sion Sono’s favorite film is Chris Noonan’s family comedy “Babe” (1995), which was nominated for seven Oscars and received the award for special effects. Karlovy Vary will screen Sono’s hip-hop opera “Tokyo Tribe.”

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