2022 Karlovy Vary film fest unveils full lineup, including Cannes standouts

The 2022 edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival unveiled its full festival lineup this morning, and it includes some high-profile standouts from this year’s Cannes film festival which concluded late last month.

Those highlights include David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, which induced both walkouts and a six-minute standing ovation at Cannes. Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux, and Viggo Mortensen star in the sci-fi body horror feature, which has yet to receive a general release date in the Czech Republic.

Decision to Leave, which won Park Chan-wook Best Director at Cannes this year, will also come to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The complex detective story won some rave reviews for the director of Oldboy and The Little Drummer Girl, which was shot on location across the Czech Republic a few years back.

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, which won the top-prize Palme d’Or at Cannes, will also screen in Karlovy Vary. Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, and Charlbi Dean lead the film’s international cast.

Having previously won the Palme d’Or for The Square, Östlund is one of just eight directors to have multiple films win the main competition at Cannes, a list that also includes Francis Ford Coppola, Emir Kusturica, and Michael Haneke.

The Eight Mountains, from Belgian directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, will also screen in Karlovy Vary following its Jury Prize win at Cannes.

Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s donkey-led EO will also come to the Karlovy Vary fest following its Cannes debut.

Everything Everywhere All At Once, a surprise hit at the US box office and many a critic’s choice for the best film of the first half of 2022, will also play at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival before its debut in Czech cinemas on July 21.

Alex Garland’s folk horror film Men will screen in the Karlovy Vary fest’s Midnight Movies section. Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, and Paapa Essiedu star in the latest feature from the director of Ex Machina and Annihilation.

The Karlovy Vary festival lineup also includes Smoking Causes Coughing, the latest feature from surrealist director Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo). The director’s Kafkaesque sensibility has always been a hit among the crowd at Karlovy Vary.

This year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will also go back… Back to the Future, which will screen in the festival’s Out of the Past section. Other resurrected classics at this year’s festival include Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, John Cassavettes’ Opening Night, Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and more.

The full program for this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival can be found at the festival website here.

For some practical tips and advice on attending the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, including how to get there from Prague, where to stay, and how to get tickets, see The Prague Reporter’s roundup for expats.cz.


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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