The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has offered a first glimpse at its official selection and sidebars.
The official selection competition will include Deti Noci, an urban youth story from Czech director Michaela Pavlatova. Pavlatova's short film Words, Words, Words was nominated for an Oscar in 1991. Her short Repete won a Golden Bear in 1995. She received a special mention for Best New Director at San Sebastian in 2003 with her feature debut, Faithless Games.
Juraj Jakubisko's historical thriller Bathory will see its world premiere at the festival, where it will screen out of competition. The director will personally present the film on July 5.
Jakubisko will receive a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, as will two other directors: Ivan Passer and Dusan Hanak, who will be honoured with screenings of his films Rose Tinted Dreams (1976) and Pictures Of The Old World (1972).
Nicolas Roeg will attend the festival to present five of his films: Performance (1970), Walkabout (1971), Bad Timing (1980) and Puffball (2007).
Mexican director Arturo Ripstein will also be in Karlovy Vary, where programmers will present seven of his films: The Queen Of The Night (1994), The Ruination Of Men (2000), The Virgin Of Lust (2002), Castle Of Purity (1973), The Realm Of Fortune (1986) and documentaries Lecumberri and Heroes And Time (2005).
The festival will also include a focus on films from the Netherlands and British horror films from the BFI archives, and a tribute to US documentary filmmaker Les Blank.
This year's edition, the festival's 43rd, will take place July 4-12.