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The Karlovy Vary film festival is coming to a cinema near you this summer

Several films that had been planned for this year's cancelled KVIFF will be screen at cinemas across the Czech Republic in early July

While the annual Karlovy Vary International Film festival has been postponed, some 16 of the scheduled films will be coming to 96 cinemas in 80 Czech cities and towns. KVIFF at Your Cinema takes place on July 3–11, the same dates that the original festival had been scheduled.

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In Prague, there are 12 cinemas and two multiplex chains participating: Světozor, Lucerna, Aero, Oko, Atlas, Evald, Kino Pilotů, Modřanský Biograf, Mat, Přítomnost, Dlabačov, the Municpal Library, Premiere Cinemas and Cinestar. Tickets as well as information about language and subtitles are available from each cinema.

“Since, given the situation, moviegoers can’t come to Karlovy Vary this year, we decided to bring at least part of the festival to them. It’s our way of thanking the visitors, guests, and film enthusiasts who create the fantastic festival atmosphere in Vary every year,” KVIFF president Jiří Bartoška said in a press release.

“We are thrilled by our viewers’ immense interest, and it’s also huge that nearly 100 theaters have signed on for KVIFF at Your Cinema. I believe that together we will succeed in offering audiences not only great films but even a bit of the traditional festival atmosphere,” he added.

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The Karlovy Vary IFF programmers’ selection for KVIFF at Your Cinema includes movies that earned high praise at film festivals held from last autumn to this year’s Berlinale. Titles include the European premieres of Zeina Durra’s atmospheric drama Luxor, Fernanda Valadez’ feature debut Identifying Features, and Maite Alberdi’s spy comedy and observational documentary hybrid The Mole Agent.

Each film will have only one screening, which will take place at all participating theaters at the same time. The screenings will be accompanied by on-site introductions to the films by KVIFF programmers.

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By the time organizers decided to postpone the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF to 2021 due to government measures concerning the coronavirus pandemic, the program department had already chosen many titles. And so the idea was born to expand traditional post-festival film series that runs in theaters.

At a time when numerous producers and distributors have been forced to postpone premiering new domestic and foreign films, KVIFF at Your Cinema will provide the public an exciting content alternative, and movie theater operators have expressed keen interest as well, the organizers said.

The festival is presented with support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the City of Karlovy Vary, the Karlovy Vary Region, and festival partners.

Moe information and a list of the films can be found at the KVIFF website, and ticket information will be on the websites of the participating cinemas as the festival approaches.

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