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Schatzberg to attend Karlovy Vary

This year’s festival, which runs June 28-July 6, will also host a profile of Kurdish cinema, with up to 15 features or shorts screening.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has announced that director Jerry Schatzberg [pictured] will attend this year’s festival, which runs June 28-July 6.

Schatzberg will present three of his early films at the festival including the Palme d’Or winner Scarecrow, his recently restored debut Puzzle of a Downfall Child and The Panic in Needle Park.

KVIFF’s artistic director Karel Och commented: “Jerry is one of the seminal directors of his age - occupying an exceptional position alongside the generation of talented filmmakers credited with the renaissance of American film during the 1970s.”

“There has long been a need to reappraise his historical significance and, as KVIFF continues to explore this influential decade, it is a tremendous honour to welcome such an outstanding filmmaker and we are delighted that this year’s Festival offers him this platform.”

The festival has also announced that it will host a profile of Kurdish cinema at this year’s edition, with up to 15 features or shorts screening in the programme.

Among the features screening are Yilmaz Güney’s Yol, Salem Salavati’s The Last Winter, Bahman Ghobadi’s Rhino Season, Hisham Zaman’s Before Snowfall and Mark Cousins’ The First Film, with the director in attendance at the festival.

Salavati’s Palme d’Or winning short Silent is among the shorts set to screen, alongside the likes of Ghobadi’s Land of Heroes and Zaman’s Daddy.

Och said: “The Kurds are the largest group of people on the planet without their own country. They live as far as Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Armenia, and in exile around the world. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s Kurdish collection offers a stunning glimpse of this unique culture through the eyes of its greatest filmmakers.”

For more information on this year’s festival, visit KVIFF’s website.

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