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Karlovy Vary Film Fest's 50th Anniversary Program Is a Love Letter to Cinephiles

Karlovy Vary Film Fest's 50th Anniversary Program Is a Love Letter to Cinephiles
Karlovy Vary's jubilee edition will include a retrospective of Lebanese films from the last 25 years, and tributes to late Soviet-Ukrainian auteur Larisa Shepitko and American actors John Cazale and Chris Penn. Karlovy Vary laureate Mel Gibson, returning to the festival this year after winning the 2014 Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, will film a special festival trailer in Los Angeles in early May. The trailer will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has helmed many of this historic festival's past trailers. A Week of Lebanese Cinema Kviff annually spotlights under-seen films from far-flung regions, from Young Greek Cinema to A Female Take on Russia, and this year has programmed eight Lebanese titles from the last 25 years. Making plenty of room for women directors, films include "Hors la Vie" (1991), director Maroun Bagdadi's Cannes Jury Prize winner about the abduction of a French journalist; Ziad Doueiri's.
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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans

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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans
Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late Us actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has unveiled plans for its 50th ‘annivarysary’ edition, set to run July 3-11.

The jubilee edition will include a look at recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to Us actors John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.

Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has collaborated with Ivan Zachariáš since the beginning of the
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