Source: KVIFF


The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) will host a retrospective on Iranian cinema as part of its 2023 edition, which will also honour the work of Czech actress Daniela Kolarova.

Under the title ‘Another Birth. Iranian Cinema, Here And Now’, the festival will play nine Iranian films from the past four years. Titles include Vahid Vakilifar’s 2020 sci-fi K9, about the efforts of a group of extremists after a solar eclipse has drenched the earth in darkness; and Farzin Mohammadi’s 2019 Black And White River, about the life of a filmmaker between 2012 and 2019.

A second festival retrospective is dedicated to Japanese filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura, and features 11 of his films ranging from 1957’s Kisses to 1969’s Blind Beast.

The KVIFF President’s Award will be presented at the closing ceremony on Saturday, July 8 to Czech actress Daniela Kolarova, who is known for roles in films including Jan Hrebejk’s 2010 feature Kawasaki Rose, which won two awards at the Berlinale and for which Kolarova received the Czech Lion for best supporting actress.

Future Frames, the festival’s programme for assisting emerging European directors in launching their careers, is expanding its international partnerships. Organised with European Film Promotion since 2015, it will now collaborate with US talent agency UTA and management company Range Media Partners.

It is also setting a new creative and networking space at the festival’s main Thermal Hotel venue, in partnership with lottery operator Allwyn. The area will host training and networking sessions for Future Frames participants, plus one-on-one meetings with UTA and Range Media Partners representatives. One director will be chosen for a one-month scholarship in Los Angeles.

The 2023 festival runs from June 30 to July 8 in the spa town in the west of the Czech Republic. The full programme will be announced in the coming months.