Magazine article Screen International

Karlovy Vary Fest Reveals First Titles for 2016 Edition

Magazine article Screen International

Karlovy Vary Fest Reveals First Titles for 2016 Edition

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has unveiled the first wave of titles and industry initiatives set for its 51st edition (July 1-9).

The festival, hosted in the picturesque Czech spa town, will world premiere a digital restoration of Ivan Passer's Intimate Lighting. The bittersweet comedy about an encounter between two former classmates and musicians is described one of the most striking films of the Czechoslovak New Wave of the 1960s.

The 82-year-old director, who was honoured with KVIFF's Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema in 2008, will be present at the premiere on July 2.

MEXICAN FEMALE DIRECTORS

KVIFF will also spotlight Mexican female directors, screening nine features and one short from the past five years. The filmmakers include Elisa Miller, who won a Palme d'Or at Cannes for her short film Watching It Rain in 2006.

Tatiana Huezo's Tempestad, which screened at this year's Berlinale, and Yulene Olaizola's Fogo, which played in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2012, are among the films set to be screened. Titles include:

· Through the Eyes (A los ojos), Victoria Franco, Michel Franco (2014)

· Borde (short), Victoria Franco (2014)

· Amazing Cat Fish (Los insólitos peces gato), Claudia Sainte-Luce's (2013)

· The Pleasure Is Mine (El placer es mío), Elisa Miller (2015)

· Semana Santa, Alejandra Márquez Abella (2015)

· You'll Know What to Do With Me (Sabrás qué hacer conmigo), Katina Medina Mora (2015)

· Fogo, Yulene Olaizola (2012)

· Tempestad, Tatiana Huezo (2016)

· Kings of Nowhere (Los reyes del pueblo que no existe), Betzabé García

PREMINGER TRIBUTE

The festival will host a retrospective to Austrian-born, US filmmaker Otto Preminger with eight films, including classic noir Laura and a documentary from 1991 about the career of the director.

The tribute will include the titles:

· Laura (1944)

· The Moon Is Blue (1953)

· The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

· Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

· Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

· Exodus (1960)

· Advise & Consent (1962)

· Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)

KVIFF artistic director Karel Och said: "KVIFF's special tributes will once again become an exciting meeting point between the modern and the classic.

"The festival will highlight the vital creativity of contemporary Mexico's young female directors and will remember, three decades after his passing, the visionary genius of Otto Preminger, a fellow Central European who conquered the United States with his overpowering charm and unflagging advocacy for freedom of artistic expression. …

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