KVIFFKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
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On this award, KVIFF has partnered with the Midpoint script and project development programme, as well as When East Meets West co-production market, and Trieste Film Festival.
KVIFF is the first of four international film festivals of the festival season to be awarding the Eurimages prize -- a prize dedicated to films that surpass traditional film frameworks and language and are based on international cooperation.
Established in 1946, the KVIFF is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic, the leading film event across Central and Eastern Europe, and one of the oldest film festivals in the world.
Dwein Baltazar makes a repeat appearance in the KVIFF this year.
From the start of his professional career, he was inextricably linked to the KVIFF where he worked as a photographer, specialised editor, and text writer on individual films and filmmakers.
His extensive portfolio contains unique photographs of world personalities, including snapshots of VEiclav Havel in 1987-1989 and photographs from 1994 when he immortalised the as-yet-unknown Leonardo DiCaprio at the KVIFF.
This year the KVIFF will organise an exhibition on the first floor of Hotel Thermal featuring 40 black-and-white documentary portraits of prominent artistic personalities that MiloEi Fikejz captured over the years at KVIFF.
Other news from the festival include that OndEOej ProvaznE[degrees]k and Martin DuEiek will make their feature-film debut in KVIFF with the world premiere ofOld-Timers, the dramatic story of two aging former political prisoners who set out in a camper van with the goal of finding and killing the communist prosecutor who sent the nation's elite to its death.
This year's KVIFF President's Award laureate, the outstanding cinematographer VladimE[degrees]r SmutnE', will present an example of his work, JiEOE[degrees] Svoboda's period dramaThe Downfall of the Secluded Berhof(1983), which was based on the book by VladimE[degrees]r KE[micro]rner.
KVIFF will honor Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charlie Kaufman with the President's Award, given to artists who have contributed in a fundamental way to the development of contemporary world cinema.
Five of the restored films are making their festival premiere at the KVIFF this year, and three of them are being shown for the first time with English subtitles.
"The recent restorations provide us with a golden opportunity to introduce the world to Chahine's lesser-known early works and to shed light on the evolution of his filmmaking," says Joseph Fahim, the programme's curator and the KVIFF's international consultant.