47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival

47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic (June 29 - July 7, 2012)

In its 47th year, KVIFF remains the major festival for debut films from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as providing a fresh look at formerly controversial works from the region. This year the festival continues its project of screening Czech New Wave films censored during the Communist regime, including Miloš Forman's The Firemen's Ball (Horí, má panenko, 1967) and Jaromil Jireš' The Joke (Zert, 1969). The former was banned in its native country for 20 years; it was Forman's final film before heading to the US.

There were also several major retrospectives including a complete program of Michelangelo Antonioni's documentary works and a tribute to Turkish director Reha Erdem, who attended to discuss his six features. The most feted guest was the distinguished British actress referred to as "Helen Mirrenová" (her father is Russian, after all), who was on hand to present The Door, her collaboration with another Eastern European veteran, the Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó.

From the official competition selection, the FIPRESCI prize was awarded to Iranian director Ali Mosaffa's The Last Step (Peleh akhar), a modernist nouveau roman which recalls early Alain Resnais in its constant, obsessive re-takes on memory. (Lesley Chow)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: www.kviff.com 

FIPRESCI PRIZE

The Last Step Pele akher The Last Step

by Ali Mosaffa  

(Iran, 2012, 88 mins) Jury: Carmen Gray (Great Britain) , Lesley Chow (Australia) , Lukasz Maciejewski (Poland) , Nil Kural (Turkey) , Vojtech Rynda (Czech Republic)

Look Back on Anger

by Lesley Chow

In its project to restore censored works of the Czech ... read more

"The Almost Man"

by Carmen Gray

Norway's The Almost Man (Mer eller mindre mann), which... read more

Experiment in Narrative

by Nil Kural

Iran is recognized for its strong filmmaking, great ma... read more

Polish Cinema from the Perspective of... a Beaver

by Lukasz Maciejewski

To Kill a Beaver (Zabij bobra) is a stylistic turning ... read more

Being One's Own Obstacle

by Vojtech Rynda

Two of the best films in the main competition at the 4... read more