Anatomy of a Fall (2023)

Karlovy Vary film fest announces full 2023 lineup, featuring Cannes and Sundance winners

Organizers from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival have revealed the full lineup of films at this year’s 57th edition, and film fans have a lot to look forward to. This year’s festival will include a number of standout films from last month’s Cannes Film Festival, including 2023 Cannes winner Anatomy of a Fall (pictured).

In addition to Justine Triet’s courtroom thriller, which took the Palme D’or at Cannes, this year’s Karlovy Vary festival will also feature the winners of this year’s Sundance and Berlin film festivals: A.V. Rockwell’s NYC drama A Thousand and One, and Nicolas Philibert’s Paris caregiver documentary On the Adamant, respectively.

A number of other high-profile films that premiered at Cannes and other recent festivals will also screen in Karlovy Vary, including Marco Bellocchio’s Kidnapped, Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero, Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera, Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves, Wim WendersPerfect Days, Hirokazu Koreeda‘s Monster, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses, Ira Sachs’ Passages, and much more.

In addition to the new films, this year’s Karlovy Vary international Film Festival will hold a number of revival screenings to celebrate cinematic landmarks. Among those will be a screening of the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company, and a screening of Bruce Lee’s 1972 classic The Way of the Dragon to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Bruce Lee film will be presented as part of the festival’s Midnight Screenings section, which will also feature Brandon Cronenberg’s surreal Infinity Pool, Kenneth Dagatan’s body horror In My Mother’s Skin, and Jalmari Helander’s brutal WWII film Sisu.

Newly-restored editions of classic films such as Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt (1963), Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore (1973), and Leida Laius’ A Stolen Meeting (1988) will also screen at this year’s film festival in Karlovy Vary.

In addition to the classic films, the festival will also feature new documentaries about cinematic legends, including The Ghost of Richard Harris, You Can Call Me Bill, which features William Shatner, Engi – Sound Designer Ivo Špalj, which charts the work of the Czech sound designer who has long worked with and Jan Švankmajer.

In addition to previously-announced guests such as Russell Crowe, Ewan McGregor, and Alicia Vikander, 91-year-old Slovak director Eduard Grečner will also return to this year’s Karlovy Vary international Film Festival; he first visited the festival at its inaugural edition in 1948. Grečner will present his 1967 film Dragon’s Return as well as the documentary The Truth Is All There Is, which charts his life and work.

A total of about 140 feature films and documentaries will screen as part of this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which will hit the Czech spa town from June 30 through July 8, 2023.


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 and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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