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'Boys' to open 39th Karlovy Vary

'Boys' to open 39th Karlovy Vary
MOSCOW -- The Irish will be out in force at the start of central Europe's leading film festival next week when Karlovy Vary's 39th edition opens with John Irvin's The Boys from County Clare, organizers said Monday. The festival, which runs July 2-July 10, will screen 16 feature films in competition before a jury headed by U.S. producer and filmmaker Al Ruban. American director Lisa Cholodenko's Cavedweller -- a psychological drama focusing on a middle-aged woman's attempts to right wrongs and find contentment as she comes to terms with her life after two unsuccessful marriages -- will compete with a field of mostly European films shot within the past 18 months.

'Fish,' 'Boys' bookend slate at Palm Springs fest

An opening-night screening of the Tim Burton-directed drama Big Fish and a closing-night U.S. premiere of director John Irvin's The Boys From Country Claire are among the expected highlights of the 15th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival, which runs Jan. 8-19, will feature 200 films culled from more than 60 countries and will include 69 world and U.S. premieres. "We strived to create programs that reflect the current and best trends in cinema from around the world," said Carl Spence, the festival's programming director. "We feel that these programs will feature the most talked-about films in the industry, especially those from the IberoAmerican program, which showcases some of the best work coming out of Latin cinema."

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