Karlovy Vary to Fete Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, James Newton Howard

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Karlovy Vary to Fete Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, James Newton Howard


Grater, Tom, Screen International


The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30 - July 8) will present a Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema to British director Ken Loach.

The award will be shared with his long-time screenwriter Paul Laverty. The pair have collaborated on twelve feature films and two shorts, including The Wind That Shakes The Barley and more recently the Palme d'Or and Bafta-winning I, Daniel Blake.

Loach has a long and fruitful relationship with the Karlovy Vary festival. In 1968, his feature debut Poor Cow won a special jury prize and best actress for its star Carol White. A year later, his second film Kes won the festival's Crystal Globe, and he has been a guest at the festival on numerous occasions since.

Karlovy Vary will also celebrate the work of composer James Newton Howard, whose credits include Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, Batman Begins and all four parts of The Hunger Games franchise.

The festival will host an opening ceremony concert in front of the Hotel Thermal in which Howard will conduct a live score from his film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which will be performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Czech writer and director Václav Vorlíček will receive the festival's President's Award for artistic contribution to Czech film.

Vorlíček, who will celebrate his 87th birthday shortly before the start of the festival, is known for his 1973 family drama Three Wishes For Cinderella and his 1966 sci-ficomedy Who Wants To Kill Jessie?.

Retrospectives

Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi will have a retrospective of ten of his works shown at the festival, curated by British writer and critic Tony Rayns

"At a time when film buffs are often forced to watch classic movies on screens that measure diagonally about the length of your forearm, KVIFF will provide big-screen viewing of mainly 35mm prints for another chapter in our series devoted to filmmakers who had an immense influence on the development of film culture," commented the festival's artistic director Karel Och. …

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