The Karlovy Vary Film Festival has announced the full line-up of 17 films competing in the Czech festival's main competition, including five world premieres.
The five films debuting at the festival, which opens in the Czech spa town July 5, are Firefly Dreams, a Japanese film directed by John Williams; Hi, Tereska, from Poland's Robert Glinski; the Hungarian-German-Croatian-Chilean co-production Chico, directed by Ibolya Fekete; Luna's Game, directed by Spain's Monica Laguna; and the Bulgarian-French Touched by God, from Peter Popzlatev.
The remaining 12 films, 10 of which are making their international premieres, are: Angel Exit, from the Czech Republic's Vladimir Michalek; Bongja, from Korea's Park Chul Soo; Birthday, from Germany's Stefan Jaeger; Violet Perfume, from Mexico's Maryse Sistach; Poisons or the World History of Poisoning, directed by Russia's Karen Shakhnazarov; A Song for Martin, directed by Denmark's Bille August; Cabin Fever, directed by Norway's Mona J Hoel; Ghost World, directed by Terry Zwigoff, a UK-US co-production; American Ted Demme's Blow; Unfinished Song, from Iran's Maziar Miri; War Live, from Yugoslavia's Darko Bajic; and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's French box-office sensation Amelie.
In addition, the festival announced on Friday that actors Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley will accept prizes for an outstanding contribution to world cinema. They join Czech director Otakar Vavra in receiving the award. Caine will be on hand prior to the July 12 screening of his Shiner; while Kingsley will take his prize during the festival's closing ceremony on July 14.