Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival Heats Up With Opening Night Gala & Paolo Genovese’s Relationship Drama ‘Superheroes’

While Covid cases start to rise again in Hollywood, it’s a different story about 6,000 miles away Karlovy Vary The International Film Festival kicked off with fanfare on Friday night. The major Central European festival showed no sign that the pandemic was about to destroy another version of the much-loved event, as delegates packed into the Grand Hall of the Hotel Thermal for its opening night ceremony and opening night film. superheroesFrom Italian director Paolo Genovese.

The 56th edition of the event opened with an unexpected announcement, asking audience members to turn off their phones and begin recording as a giant QR code that said “Scan Me” was unveiled on the screen. went. Delegates were able to watch the festival dancers online via QR codes on their mobile devices before they took the stage, with an energetic and well-choreographed dance number featuring dramatic flames rising above the front of the stage .

It was a fitting start for the iconic boutique festival, echoing sentiments felt at Cannes earlier this year that international film festivals are set to rise from the ashes of the pandemic.

“We are living in strange times, and by that I mean the senseless and brutal war in Ukraine,” festival president Jiri Bartoska said at the start of the nine-day event.

He compared filmmakers to modern hamlets trying to set things right in a world that seems so different. Bartoska made it very clear that this year’s Karlovy Vary festival would express “the full support of Ukrainian filmmakers”, and pointed to her works-in-progress platform for Ukraine’s Odessa Film Festival, which she shared with her Ukrainian friends. For hosting in the city.

He also spoke about the legacy of its legendary former artistic director Eva Zorlova, who died in March at the age of 89, before playing a touching memorial video for the audience. The Czech journalist and film academic who led the relaunch of KVIFF in 1994 will celebrate this year with an exhibition of photographs documenting his work.

A number of top names will join the 13th-century spa town next week, including Geoffrey Rush, benicio del toro And liv schreiber, Rush will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Crystal Globe, while del Toro will receive the festival’s President’s Award.

Schreiber, whose Ukrainian roots stem from his maternal grandfather, will be in town tomorrow to discuss BlueCheck Ukraine, a network he co-founded that works with humanitarian aid organizations for Ukraine, as well as to broadcast charities. Acts as a financial conduit. He will also conduct a retrospective review of his career in a panel on Sunday.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Runs from July 1-9.