The Karlovy VaryInternational Film Festival has unveiled the first films to play in its 2005competition line up, with a strong focus on films from Central Europe.
Poland will be representedby the international premiere of director Krzysztof Krauze's biography MyNikifor, in which actress Krystyna Feldman plays the male protagonist,artist Nikifor Krynicki.
A Hungarian-Polish-Slovakco-production, Marta Meszaros' The Unburied Man focuses on the Hungarianuprising of 1956 and the life of Imre Nagy.
The Czech contender for theCrystal Globe is Martin Sulik's The City Of The Sun, a comedy about menlosing their jobs but retaining their dignity.
Organisers also revealed thenamed of this year's jurors. Director Michael Radford (Il Postino, 1984,The Merchant of Venice) will chair the jury, which also features Spanishdirector Fernando Mendez-Leite Serrano, Canadian director Ruba Nadda, Israelifilmmaker David Fisher and Dutch director John Appel, among others.
Organisers expect RobertRedford and Liv Ullman to attend the festival to receive awards for theircontributions to world cinema. Czech director Jiri Krejcik will also receive anartistic contribution award. Sideways director Alexander Payne isexpected to attend the festival
The festival will feature a distributionpre-premiere of Robert Rodriguez's Sin City as well as the Russiansci-fi hit Night Watch from director Timur Bekmambetov.
The complete list of filmsin the official selection will be revealed two weeks before the festival begins1 July.