Category Archives: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Frederic Sojcher’s ‘Hitler in Hollywood’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – The premise of Frederic Sojcher’s mockumentary “Hitler in Hollywood” is more amusing than the film turns out to be. It is that the United States government conspired with Hollywood to destroy the … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Daniel Burman’s ‘Brother and Sister’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – Daniel Burman’s “Brother and Sister” is a tale of an ageing single man dominated by two overbearing women that could easily have become misogynistic but is instead an absorbing and forgiving character … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: ‘There Are Things You Don’t Know’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – Iranian filmmaker Fardin Saheb Zamani has titled his film about a taxi-driver’s ordinary encounters in the 10 days before a predicted earthquake in Tehran “There Are Things You Don’t Know.” By the … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Catherine Martin’s ‘Mourning for Anna’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – The power of nature and art in helping to heal emotional damage in humans is at the heart of Catherine Martin’s somber but affecting “Mourning For Anna”. Guylaine Tremblay plays a woman … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Tomas Masin’s ‘3 Seasons in Hell’

By Ray Bennett Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic – Tomas Masin’s “3 Seasons in Hell” tells of the terror that ensued in Czechoslovakia in 1948 when, having just emerged from the hell of Nazi occupation, the country was overrun by the … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: ‘The Woman With a Broken Nose’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – “The Woman With a Broken Nose” tells of a woman with a bloody face who jumps out of a taxi stuck in heavy traffic in the rain and leaps from a bridge. … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Jan Sverak’s ‘Kooky’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak, whose “Kolya” won the 1997 Oscar for best foreign language film, has created a little gem with his latest, “Kooky”, which combines puppetry with animation and live action. … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Agusti Vila’s ‘The Mosquito Net’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic – The title of Barcelona-born filmmaker Agusti Vila’s “The Mosquito Net” refers to a story created by one of the characters about a girl who is scared to death because she’s afraid of … Continue reading

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KVIFF FILM REVIEW: Pawel Sala’s ‘Mother Teresa of Cats’

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC – Polish filmmaker Pawel Sala’s “Mother Teresa of Cats” attempts to reveal why two sons murder their mother by tracking backwards from the killing. He loses sight of his objective, however, and appears … Continue reading

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KVIFF AWARDS: ‘Terribly Happy’ night for festival winners

By Ray Bennett KARLOVY  VARY, Czech Republic – “We have a saying in England,” said Christopher Lee, ” Always take a woman by the waist and a bottle by the neck.” Lee spoke as he clutched a Crystal Globe – a trophy in … Continue reading

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