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Films That Popped at Karlovy Vary, from Live Bjork and Primal Behavior to Tracking a Revolution

What makes a movie pop at a film festival? The shock of the new.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2014 7:02 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 3: Mel Gibson, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Snowpiercer' VOD Paradigm & More

This week on Screen Talk, Indiewire's Eric Kohn and I discuss the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czech Republic, where I interviewed Mel Gibson, as well as new releases "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "Boyhood," "Snowpiercer" on VOD and more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2014 1:11 PM
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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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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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'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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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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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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Day One at Karlovy Vary Film Festival: from Mel Gibson to 'I, Origins'

Opening night at Festival Central, the massive underground theatre at the Hotel Thermal featured a performance of "In the Mood" by the Caban brothers, an intro to the brainy Sundance hit "I, Origins" from writer-director Mike Cahill and stars Michael Pitt and Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and the presentation of the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, after an impressive reel of his movies, to Mel Gibson, who couldn't resist flirting with his award. “It’s just the kind of thing I want, the kind of fantasy I always had: a naked woman holding a ball," the jet-lagged star told the crowd.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2014 10:04 AM
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Mel Gibson Comeback? Gary Oldman Defends Him, Karlovy Vary Fest Awards Crystal Globe

Mel Gibson hasn't been too much in the news lately--he's a bit of a tarnished commodity--which makes it all the more interesting that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has decided to to award him the Crystal Globe this year, and Gary Oldman has stuck up for him in Playboy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 24, 2014 1:43 PM
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Michael Pitt to Kick Off Karlovy Vary Film Fest with 'I Origins'

This year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open with "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Pitt on hand to introduce Mike Cahill's "I Origins." Fox Searchlight, which released Cahill and Brit Marling's first collaboration "Another Earth," scooped up the brainy sci-fi drama co-starring Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey at Sundance.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 11, 2014 12:18 PM
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