Karlovy Vary festival adds 2 days to sked

Kiarostami, Vavrova to jury

PRAGUE — Celebrating its 35th anniversary and its millennium edition, the Karlovy Vary fest adds two days to its 2000 calendar.

Signing up for jury duty at the July 5-15 event are Palme d’Or-winning helmer Abbas Kiarostami, German thesp Dana Vavrova, and rising Czech helmer Sasa Gedeon. Documentarian Richard Leacock (“Monterey Pop,” etc.) presides over the newly revitalized documentary jury.

Hollywood films having their local premieres at the fest include thesp Edward Norton’s directing debut “Keeping the Faith,” starring Ben Stiller, Jenna Elfman and Czech helmer Milos Forman.

U.S. films on slate

Also skedded are Scott Hicks’ “Snow Falling On Cedars,” “Fantasia 2000,” Mike Figgis’ “The Loss of Sexual Innocence” and Albert Brooks’ “The Muse.”

Fest-awarded films invited to the Horizons section include “Topsy Turvy,” Rotterdam Tiger winner “Bye Bye Blue Bird,” and French films “Humanite” and “Human Resources.”

One winner who can start preparing her speech is Vera Chytilova, the Czech New Wave director, who earns this year’s lifetime contribution award.

Variety Critics’ Choice returns with a Euro 2000 selection in conjunction with European Film Promotion. Other special sections include a Focus on Bosnia, a 75th birthday Tribute to Hungarian director Karoly Makk, French Women in Love (spotlighting French femme helmers) and Treasures of European film Archives.

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