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KVIFF Jury Prizes Won by 'Corn Island,' Elle Fanning, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Doc 'Waiting for August'

The juries for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12) handed out prizes in four competition categories Saturday night at the Hotel Thermal at a ceremony punctuated by slippery girls in black bikinis sliding across a watery stage. "Karlovy Vary is the face of this country," president of the competition Jury Luis Miñarro told the crowd before a screening of the hilarious dark Argentinian comedy "Wild Tales."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2014 2:00 PM
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Best of the Week: The East-Meets-West Canon, Top 10 Box Office Takeaways, Mel Gibson Opens Up at Karlovy Vary & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 12, 2014 1:33 PM
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Mike Cahill on Crazy Sidetrack to Mind-Blowing 'I Origins,' Working with Michael Pitt, Opening Karlovy Vary

I think I have very specific passions, I guess, one is science and one is existentialism, part of science, the question why are we here, what is all this about if universe 3.7 billion years and we only have 100, how do we negotiate those numbers and making meaning out of our lives, both of them come from my attempt to answer or fulfill a fantasy of a primal fear.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2014 5:24 PM
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Witty Outfest Entry 'BFFs' Turns Female Buddy Comedy on Its Head

Written by stars Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano and directed by Andrew Putschoegl, "BFFs" is a warm, winning female buddy comedy that turns the genre on its head in gently surprising ways. Its subversive story turns on Kat (Karsian) and Samantha (Grano), the titular best buddies whose middling ruts find them pretending to be lovers to land a spot at a poolside couple's retreat.
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  • July 10, 2014 5:22 PM
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'Martin Bonner' Director Chad Hartigan Preps 'Morris from America' in Germany

Following his Indie Spirit-winning breakthrough, “This is Martin Bonner,” starring Australian "Land Ho!" actor Paul Eenhoorn, Karlovy Vary juror Chad Hartigan is sharing more details on his third feature.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2014 3:57 PM
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Venice Film Festival Opens With Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'Birdman'

The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance".
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 10, 2014 7:00 AM
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Mel Gibson Talks Return to Directing, Shia LaBeouf, Vikings at Karlovy Vary (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Mel Gibson talks returning to directing and the price of being a movie star at Karlovy Vary (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2014 1:26 PM
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Five Films to See at This Year's LGBT NewFest, from 'Futuro Beach' to 'Gerontophilia' (VIDEOS)

NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival held annually with the support of Outfest and Lincoln Center, has announced the lineup for its 2014 program, scheduled for July 24-29.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 7, 2014 12:56 PM
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Karlovy Vary Lures Hollywood, Inspires Wes Anderson

It took me a few days to get the hang of Karlovy Vary. The first morning, as I headed off in the wrong direction from my quaint hillside Cajkovskij Palace Spa and Wellness Hotel, a helpful couple pointed me toward a deep staircase heading straight down toward the Festival Central at the mammoth Hotel Thermal, renowned for its mineral pool. The local waters are famous --the idea is to buy a little cup and drink from a series of fountains along the river. The director of the fest's opening night movie "I, Origins," Mike Cahill, said the water tastes like warm blood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2014 9:23 PM
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Best of the Week: Karlovy Vary Fest, Chats with Steve James and Richard Linklater, What Went Wrong with HBO's Leftovers' & More

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  • July 5, 2014 2:20 PM
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