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Festivals & events

28 June 2005 à 13:02

Karlovy Vary: French cinema's presence at the 40th festival (July 1-9, 2005)

A category "A" festival that attracted 124,000 spectators at its 476 screenings in 2004, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. More than twenty French films will be showcased at the event, including "Le Domaine perdu," presented in competition in the presence of Raoul Ruiz and Grégoire Colin; as well as "Quand la mer monte…," in the presence of Yolande Moreau, "Go, See, and Become," in the presence of Radu Mihaileanu, "Mon ange," accompanied by Serge Frydman and his producer Claudie Ossard, "Innocence," presented by Lucile Hadzihalilovic; and finally "Doo Wop" and "Violent Days," which are scheduled to be introduced by their respective directors, David Lanzmann and Lucile Chaufour. In addition to these titles, one French film that has already secured a distributor in the Czech Republic ("Kings and Queen," acquired by HCE) will be presented in a preview screening. This year, the festival's jury includes Frédéric Fonteyne.

The 2005 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will feature 220 feature films from around the world, and several dozen short films – including 190 features presented for the first time in the Czech Republic. For the festival's 40th anniversary, a number of international celebrities will make the trip to the Czech city: Robert Redford will open the festival; and Sharon Stone, Liv Ulmann, Alexander Payne, and Atom Egoyan are expected to attend, along with Ali McGraw, who will participate in a tribute to Sam Peckinpah.

It is worth noting that French films enjoy a regular presence in theaters in the Czech Republic. Seven French-language productions have already gained distribution in 2005: "5x2," "Since Otar Left," "A Very Long Engagement," "Dogora," "Arsène Lupin," "L’Enquête corse," and "36 quai des Orfèvres." And there's no short supply of upcoming summer and fall season releases, with "The Last Trapper," "Genesis," "Eros," "Iznogoud," "The Daltons," "L’Empire des loups," and "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" all waiting in the wings. The Top 5 French-language films in 2004 were "Tais toi!" ("Ruby & Quentin") with 48,387 admissions, "The Crimson Rivers 2" with 47,177 admissions, "The Barbarian Invasions" with 35,204 admissions, "Michel Vaillant" with 21,218 admissions, and "RRRrrrr!!!" with 10,213 admissions.

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