Launching with a tribute to the founding of Czechoslovakia a century ago, the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary film fest kicked off Friday amid gymnastic stunts, fireworks and a call to action by Tim Robbins
, who lambasted President Trump for his maltreatment of refugee children. The actor-director joined in the commemoration of Czech freedom, paying tribute to the leading voice of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Vaclav Havel. The courage of such men is as needful today as it was when the masses turned out in Prague to demand the end of communism, Robbins said.
Recalling his unsuccessful bid in 1985 to land the role of bullying Biff in “Back to the Future
,” Robbins confessed that lately, when reading the news, he has been struck by the image of a “petulant, overblown, child monster.”
He explained that the time travel concept in the Michael J. Fox
film is relevant today because