Cannes-Winning ‘The Beguiled’ to Have Czech Premiere at Karlovy Vary Fest

Cannes-Winning ‘The Beguiled’ to Have Czech Premiere at Karlovy Vary Fest

The Beguiled, an atmospheric remake of the 1971 Civil War-era movie movie starring Clint Eastwood, will have its Czech premiere during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, distributor Cinemart announced via Facebook.

The film, which won director Sofia Coppola Best Director at last month’s film festival in Cannes, stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell in the role originally played by Eastwood.

Farrell plays John McBurney, a wounded Union soldier who causes a stir in an all-girls Southern school when he’s taken in for recuperation.

In Cannes, the film earned widespread (if somewhat muted) praise from most reviewers; IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it a “lurid, sweltering, and sensationally fun potboiler that doesn’t find Coppola leaving her comfort zone so much as redecorating it with a fresh layer of soft-core scuzz.”  

Coppola, whose previous films include Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring, became only the second woman to win the Best Director prize at Cannes, following Russia’s Yuliya Solntseva in 1961.

Along with the Sundance hit A Ghost Story, The Beguiled makes for the second high-profile festival feature to be announced for the fest. Ghost Story star Casey Affleck will be on hand to collect the Festival’s President’s Award in July.

The Karlovy Vary fest unveiled its lineup of films playing in competition two weeks ago, but a full program of films screening in other sections has yet to be made public.

This year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be held in the Czech spa town from June 30 to July 8. The Beguiled will roll out in cinemas across the Czech Republic a week later, on July 13.

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