Kiarostami, helms Karlovy Vary jury

'Aberdeen' to open film, <I>Variety</I> Critics' Choice and 'Sunday' screening highlight fest

PRAGUE — Abbas Kiarostami will chair the Karlovy Vary jury in its 35th edition July 5-15.

The helmer-heavy pool of judges includes Israel’s Arik Kaplun (a winner in last year’s festival), Yugoslavia’s Srdjan Karanovic, Kazakhstan’s Ermek Shinarbayev, Itsiar Bollein (also appearing in fest film “Land and Freedom”), Sasa Gedeon representing the Czech Republic and German actress/director Dana Vavrova.

Program director Eva Zaoralova announced the U.S. competition entry, “The Magic of Marciano” by Tony Barbieri, rounding out the 19-strong slate.

Opening night in ‘Aberdeen’

Norwegian entry “Aberdeen” by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgard and Charlotte Rampling has its world premiere in the opening-night slot. Japan sends the world premiere of “First Love” by Tetsuo Shinohara, with thesp Rena Tanaka on hand for the screening.

Late additions to the fest include Cannes winner “Dancer in the Dark” by fest favorite Lars von Trier. Other Cannes pickups include “A One and a Two … ” by Edward Yang, “Code Unknown” by Austria’s Michael Haneke and Darren Aronfsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.”

Lifetime Contribution to World Cinema awards will go to Czech new wave director Vera Chytilova and Spain’s Carlos Saura.

Among the fest specials are the Variety Critics’ Choice selection in cooperation with European Film Promotion titled Euro 2000 and a screening of the German silent film “People on Sunday” with live orchestra accompaniment under the acclaimed Treasures for the European Film Archives section, which debuted last year.

Some 280 titles will screen during this year’s event, which has added two more days in recognition of its anniversary.

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