Karlovy Vary sets films

Slovak Film Institute also celebrates its 40th anni

This article was corrected on May 27, 2003.

PRAGUE — Pics old and new are in place for Karlovy Vary’s 38th fest, running July 4-12.

The Variety Critics’ Choice will return for a sixth presentation. Presented with the support of European Film Promotion, the section has become a hit with cinephiles checking out emerging filmmakers.

This year’s Variety selection includes local offering “Small Town,” a look by Czech actor-turned-director Jan Kraus at the misfires of would-be entrepreneurs in the early days of post-Velvet Revolution capitalism.

Iceland checks in with “Noi the Albino” by Dagur Kari, and Austria offers “Blue Moon” by new-generation femme helmer Andrea Maria Dusl.

France sends “My Camera and Me” by Christophe Loizillon; Finland is repped by Aku Louhimies’ “Lovers and Leavers.” From Norway comes “Falling Sky” by Gunnar Vikene, and Italy contributes Francesco Patiernos’ “Pater Familias.”

Closer to home, Hungarian helmer Jozsef Pacskovszky brings “The Color of Happiness,” and Germany rounds out the section with Stefan Krohmer’s “They’ve Got Knut.”

The Slovak Film Institute celebrates its 40th anni with the 1933 Venice Film Fest-awarded pic “The Earth Sings” by Karol Plicka.

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