41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2006, report by Michal Duricek
Karlovy Vary festival is my favourite film festival and actually is the best film festival in the Czech republic. I have been visiting the festival for several years but this one was extraordinary and it wasnít only because I had the honour to be a member of FICC jury.
The most noticeable exception was there was no rain this year! It is such an extraordinary phenomenon that only old visitors still remember it and it looks more like a myth than a truth. Many visitors preferred enjoying the sun and you could see many people strolling the Colonnade or just sitting in a park.
The Karlovy Vary festival is very famous among young people who are attending the festival more and more every year. They are creating the traditional atmosphere of the Karlovy Vary festival. They are called Backpackers and are the most common festival visitors. There are two more category of visitors: Spa Dandies who are the spa guests and go occasionally to some screenings and VIPís. At least one of the former festival trailers introduced it this way.
The Festival trailer is traditionally very important part and is frequently discussed in the festival newspaper. It is a challenge for the best Czech directors and artists and it is consider as a honour to get the opportunity to participate. This year we could see one of the best ones.
Also topic of the festival is worth mentioning. The topic is not anything you could see written somewhere or something purposely chosen but it is more like a hidden idea of the festival and usually it reflects political events or a social mood in the world. So we could see Balkan war topic or terrorist attacks topic. This year the long-term visitors agreed that there was no main political topic but it was more about personal feelings and relationships. Maybe itís a good sign for the future.
Around 260 films were screened at the festival but visitors could also pick from the many cultural events including exhibitions, concerts, theatre or discussions with filmmakers.
About 20 festival films are going to be shown in Cinemas in the Czech Republic with the festival bringing new films to audiences in the country. The films are usually screened in art houses or non-profit oriented cinemas.
The President of the festival Mr. Bartoska usually closes every year with the same words: 41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival finished so it is time to look forward to 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival .
Member of FICC jury