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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Announces Competition Lineup, Including Its First-Ever Animated Feature

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2014 at 10:59AM

The Czech city Karlovy Vary is known for several things: its delicious Carlsbad plums, a liqueur called Becherovka, its spa treatments and, most importantly (to us at TOH, at least) its international film festival, which this year will take place from July 4-12.
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Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

The Czech city Karlovy Vary is known for several things: its delicious Carlsbad plums, a liqueur called Becherovka, its spa treatments and, most importantly (to us at TOH, at least) its international film festival, which this year will take place from July 4-12.

The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has announced its lineup of films for this year, including seven world premieres, five international premieres and the festival's first ever animated feature.  Here are some of the highlights of the festivals 49th incarnation:

  • "Corn Island," a drama from Georgian director George Ovashvili ("The Other Bank") 
  • "Welkome Home," Russian filmmaker Angelina Nikonova's examination of an immigrant community living in New York
  • "Free Fall," a film of seven interconnected stories helmed by Hungarian director György Pálfi
  • "I'm Yours," Belgian director David Lambart's drama about a relationship between a young Argentinian man and an aging Belgian baker
  • "Rocks in My Pockets," Latvian filmmaker Signe Bauman's animated film about depression, the first animation feature ever to screen at Karlovy Vary.

This year's KVIFF will also showcase artists from Mexico, Kazakhstan and, of course, the Czech Republic.  In addition, France's Pascal Rabaté, who won the festival's Best Director prize last year for "Holidays by the Sea," will return with his new film "Patchwork Family," a stylized, modern morality tale.

For a full link of the official selections for this year's competition at Karlovy Vary, click here.

This article is related to: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Angelina Nikonova, György Pálfi, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.