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Hungary Announces Karlovy Vary Winner 'The Notebook' as 2014 Foreign Oscar Entry (TRAILER)

Hungary has chosen "Le Grand Cahier" ("The Notebook"), winner of top prizes at Karlovy Vary earlier this year, as its official entry for the 2014 Foreign-Language Oscar category. Watch the compelling trailer below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 7, 2013 1:48 PM
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Award Winners, Oliver Stone Gets Emotional

At the closing awards ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Janos Szasz’s "Le Grand Cahier" (Hungary) took the top prize, the Crystal Globe, which comes with $25,000 to be split by director and producer (Sandor Soth). The film also earned the Europa Cinemas Label. (Full list of winners below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2013 1:03 PM
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'XL' Leading Man Olafur Darri Olafsson Wins Best Actor at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (TRAILER)

Now in its 48th year, the Karlovy Vary International in Czech Republic awarded Olafur Darri Olafsson with the Best Actor prize for his performance as a dissolute politician in Marteinn Thorsson's Icelandic drama "XL."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 6, 2013 2:32 PM
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Appoints Agnieszka Holland as Jury President, Honors Oliver Stone

The 48th Annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic announced today that American auteur Oliver Stone will be honored with the Crystal Globe Award for outstanding artistic contributions to world cinema. In addition, thrice-Oscar nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland will serve as president of the jury.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 2:39 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Days 6 & 7: 'To Kill a Beaver,' 'La meilleure facon de march,' 'Death of a Man in Balkans' and More

I slam three cups of coffee, and go see “Zabric Bobra,” aka “To Kill a Beaver,” an intense Polish film about a rogue operative who’s hiding out in a country farmhouse and hooking up with a local wild child while plotting some kind of complicated revenge.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Day 5: 'Army of Shadows,' 'Holy Motors' & 'Trains of Thought'

It’s taken several days for the mystery of ticketing for press members to be revealed to me. It took two requests at an information counter to turn up a schedule of press screenings, and two visits to the special ticketing booths inside the accreditation room to learn I can request up to four tickets a day, and that tickets are available for both that day and the next.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 11, 2012 1:48 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day Four: Garrone’s 'Reality,' Loznitsa's 'In the Fog' & Hillcoat's 'Lawless'

“Piazza Fontana” is a relentless investigation of the events surrounding a politically-motivated explosion at a bank in Rome on December 12, 1969. It’s reminiscent of Hollywood docudramas such as “Call Northside 777." I feel guilty, as in this is a stylized movie that actually has commercial prospects outside the art house and festival circuit.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 5, 2012 1:29 PM
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