Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Dispatch: West Meets East For The 49th Time

The famous Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary hosted for the 49th time, the well known international film festival, which caters especially to Central and Eastern European cinema. But that's not all, as the fest hosts plenty of world and international premieres, film sales (animated film on depression Rock in My Pockets and black Polish comedy Kebab&Horoscope were bought by New Europe Film Sales just before the beginning of the festival), projects in development looking for funding, and a little space reserved for good old Hollywood glitz with Mel Gibson receiving a Crystal Globe for his outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema (Mad Max was screened in the Outdoor Cinema to honour the occasion). William Friedkin also received a Crystal Globe for his contribution to world cinema. Friedkin then hosted a masterclass where he confessed of his love of Kafka´s novels or Švankmajer´s surrealistic oeuvres. In addition, Laura Dern presented Wild at Heart and discussed her collaboration with David Lynch, among others. 

Read on to discover interesting titles from the competition, works in progress, and the winners of 49th edition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
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