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Project Lazarus, The Wailing, The Neon Demon Among First Wave of Sitges 2016

6 July 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

For several years now, I've been planning my autumn around Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, my favourite genre fest in one of my favourite places. And as the first wave of film and awards is announced, we can begin the countdown! Some of the highlights include Mateo Gil's latest Project Lazarus, about the first person to be awoken from cryogenic sleep; The Girl with All the Gifts, from Isaki Lacuesta; The Next Skin, about a disappeared boy who returns to his family, who begin to doubt his identity; and Salvation, the directorial debut of Catalan filmmaker Denise Castro. Other interesting screening include Before I Wake (Mike Flanagan), Desierto (Jonás Cuarón) with Gael García Bernal, Neon Demon (Nicholas Winding Refn), Hell or High Water...

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Next Skin’

6 July 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Is he or isn’t he?” is the question driving the frost-bitten assumed-identity thriller “The Next Skin” — though even if answered, the matter of exactly who “he” is would continue to hang in the balance. Intriguing in its setup, as a surly, long-missing 17-year-old boy is reunited with a mother he claims not to remember, Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campos’ co-directed effort finally has a few too many unknown factors to fully capture the imagination: With its characters held at arm’s length from us throughout, it’s not always easy to invest emotionally in the disentangling of their past. Reminiscent in its premise of Bart Layton’s fascinating 2012 documentary “The Imposter,” albeit with the melodrama ramped up a notch or two, this Spanish-Swiss co-production scooped multiple awards on home turf at the Malaga Film Festival; while a little slack in execution, it has a strong enough hook to snag modest international distribution. »

- Guy Lodge

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Lacuesta, Campo Discuss Mystery Drama ‘The Next Skin’ at Karlovy Vary

6 July 2016 10:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

La propera pell” (The Next Skin), by Spanish filmmakers Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo, tells the story of a teenager who returns home after having disappeared eight years prior and long presumed dead.

The film, in competition at Karlovy Vary, explores the emotional impact the boy’s return has on his mother, who ardently believes that he is in fact her long lost son, although others in the small Pyrenean village begin to doubt his identity.

Lacuesta and Campo’s latest collaboration is a tense and atmospheric drama that unfolds like a thriller while examining themes of family, loss, jealousy, sexuality and abuse.

The film stars Alex Monner, Emma Suarez, Sergi Lopez, Bruno Todeschini and Igor Szpakowski — and re-teams up-and-coming actors Monner and Szpakowski, who starred in the hit Spanish TV series “Polseres vermelles” (The Red Band Society).

The film marks Campo’s first outing as a director, although she »

- Ed Meza

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Willem Dafoe, Charlie Kaufman to receive Karlovy Vary honours

21 June 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival reveals guests headed to Karlovy Vary next month.

Us actor Willem Dafoe and writer-director Charlie Kaufman are to be honoured at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 1-9) on its opening night .

Dafoe is to receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema and the festival will screen his performances in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Martin Scorese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will receive the president’s award and the festival will screen animation Anomalisa, which he co-directed with Duke Johnson.

As previously announced, the festival set in the Czech Republic spa town will open with the world premiere of Second World War thriller Anthropoid, with actors Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Aňa Geislerová, Alena Mihulová, Václav Neužil and Marcin Dorocinski in attendence alongside writer-director Sean Ellis.


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Willem Dafoe to Receive Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

21 June 2016 3:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Willem Dafoe will be heading to West Bohemia in July to pick up a Crystal Globe for contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the org announced Tuesday, while boundary-challenging director-scribe Charlie Kaufman will be taking home the President’s Award.

Fest will screen Dafoe-starrer “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara’s psychedelic tribute to the avant-garde Italian filmmaker, along with Martin Scorsese’s 1988 movie “The Last Temptation of Christ,” in which Dafoe stars alongside Harvey Keitel. Kaufman’s surreal animated feature “Anomalisa” will also screen.

The event, set in an ornate spa town in the Czech Republic, will open with true-life Nazi assassination drama “Anthropoid,” a Czech-shot thriller featuring seven other fest guests, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Ana Geislerova, Alena Mihulova, Vaclav Neuzil and Marcin Dorocinski, as well as screenwriter and director Sean Ellis.

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Unveils Crystal Globe Lineup

31 May 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street,” the final feature of Czech filmmaker Jan Nemec, who died in March at the age of 79, will have its world premiere as part of the Official Selection competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. The film is one of 12 international features announced on Tuesday that will vie for the Crystal Globe during the fest, which runs July 1-9.

Nemec’s film is an adaptation of the celebrated director’s own quasi-autobiographical short stories, resulting in what the fest describes as “a dejected comedy, an unsentimental reminiscence and a nonchalant settling of scores in punk regalia. Both the movie and its maker defy categorization.”

Also in the running is Italian director Roberto Ando’s “The Confessions,” a suspense drama about a charismatic monk (Toni Servillo) who shows up at a meeting of G8 finance ministers on the Baltic coast, where a financier is subsequently murdered. »

- Ed Meza

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Karlovy Vary fest unveils 2016 competition line-ups

31 May 2016 3:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The final film of Jan Nemec, who died in March, to play in the main competition.Scroll down for competition line-ups

The 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9) has unveiled the competition titles in its Official Selection, East of the West and Documentary sections.

The 12-strong main competition will comprise eight world premieres and four international premieres, including the last film from renowned Czech director Jan Nemec, who died in March.

The Czech filmmaker was a notable voice of the country’s New Wave movement of the 1960s with titles such as Diamonds Of The Night (1964). His final film, The Wolf From Royal Vineyard Street, will world premiere at Kviff and is an adaptation of his own quasi-autobiographical short stories.

Other titles include Slovak-Czech drama The Teacher from Jan Hrebejk while Roberto Andò is returning to Kviff with The Confessions, three years after his hit Viva la Libertà.

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