Where to See the Stars at the 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Fest

You might notice a lack of stars in the night sky over the Czech Republic through the next week – – that’s because they’ll all be attending the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival!

In all seriousness, KVIFF festival organizers have put together an extra-special lineup of Oscar-winning actors, directors, producers and other talented filmmakers to attend this year’s festival, and you’ll have chance to see (and maybe even meet) them if you’re in Karlovy Vary for this year’s fest from tomorrow through next weekend. 

It all starts on June 29 at the festival headquarters of the Hotel Thermal, where the 2018 opening ceremony will take place in the early evening. 

Stars attending the opening ceremony, and making their way down the red carpet in front of the hotel starting at 16:00, include actor Tim Robbins, director Richard Linklater, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (A Royal Affair), producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker), and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi and producer Carthew Neal, taking a break from filming their latest movie in Prague

Robbins, who is the featured guest of this year’s festival and will receive this year’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the opening ceremony, will make a number of other appearances throughout the festival. 

On Saturday, June 30, Robbins will introduce his movie Bob Roberts at Thermal’s Grand Hall at 11:30, and hold a talk in the Congress Hall from 16:00 moderated by Gregory Ellwood. Later that evening, Robbins will introduce The Shawshank Redemption at the KVIFF summer cinema from 22:30, an event free for all to attend. 

On Wednesday, July 4, Robbins will appear in concert at the Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre with The Rogues Gallery Band. Tickets to the concert will go on sale on July 1 for 190 CZK (and are likely to sell out quickly).

Dyrholm, who stars in the titular role in the biopic Nico, 1988, will introduce the film at 13:00 in the Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre, and hold a talk in the Thermal Vodafone Lounge on July 1 from 12:00. 

Director Linklater, part of a special tribute at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to Austin-based filmmakers, will introduce his wonderful debut film Slacker to audiences at Thermal’s Grand Hall on July 1 from 11:30. He’ll host a talk on the Austin Film Society in the Congress Hall on July 2 from 13:30 with directors David Zellner and Andrew Bujalski, whose films will also be screened at the festival. 

Also on July 1, True Blood co-stars and husband and wife duo Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer will introduce their latest film, The Parting Glass at 14:00 in Thermal’s Grand Hall and host a Q&A discussion afterwards. Moyer directed the film and Paquin stars; they’ll also be joined at the screening by co-writer and co-star Denis O’Hare.

On July 2, director Chris Overton and actress Rachel Shenton will introduce their film Silent Child at Thermal’s Small Hall from 15:30, which will be followed by a discussion. 

Director Romain Gavras (and son of iconic director Costa-Gavras) will present his latest film, The World is Yours, at Thermal’s Grand Hall on July 3 from 17:00. 

On July 4, director Terry Gilliam will introduce his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at Thermal’s Grand Hall from 14:00 alongside Portuguese actress Joana Ribeiro, who stars in the movie.

On July 5, actor Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) will introduce his latest film To the Night, which is screening in competition, at the Grand Hall from 20:00. 

Actor Rory Cochrane and producer John Lesher will introduce their film Hostiles at the Grand Hall on Friday, July 6 from 17:00. 

Another featured guest of this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, who will receive a Crystal Globe during the closing ceremony on July 7 and appear on the red carpet outside Hotel Thermal from 16:00. 

Before that, however, Levinson will introduce his latest movie, Paterno starring Al Pacino, at the Grand Hall on July 5 from 11:30, hold a talk moderated by journalist Neil Young afterwards 13:30 in the Congress Hall, and introduce his film Wag the Dog at 19:00 in the Municipal Theatre. 

On July 6, Levinson will present Rain Man, which scored him an Oscar for Best Director and is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, at 14:00 in the Grand Hall. 

And last but not least, Robert Pattinson, star of Good Time and the Zellner brother’s Damsel (which will be screened during this year’s festival), will be joining KVIFF for the closing ceremony where he will receive the prestigious President’s Award. You can see him on the red carpet in front of the Hotel Thermal from 16:00 on Saturday, July 7. 

Lead photo: Tim Robbins via at the 2008 TIFF via gdcgraphics / Wikimedia, Anna Paquin and Robert Pattinson via KVIFF


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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