Festival de Karlovy Vary

Tributes to Elio Petri, Anurag Kashyap and Ben Rivers

The 49th Karlovy Vary IFF will present a neglected Italian legend, a key figure in contemporary Indian cinema, and the complete work of a renowned British visual artist and filmmaker.

Elio Petri

The Karlovy Vary IFF continues its tradition of introducing the most intriguing writer-directors of both today and yesteryear, whose work is virtually unknown to domestic audiences. To this end, we will present a uniquely comprehensive retrospective of one of the most significant personalities of postwar Italian film, Elio Petri (1929-1982).

Although the self-taught filmmaker and intellectual took the Palme d’Or at Cannes (The Working Class Goes to Heaven, 1971) and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion, 1969), he was intentionally marginalized until recently thanks to his pointed, uncompromising views of contemporary politics, morality, and art.


This fascinating personality attracted numerous key figures of Italian film, and they became his long-term friends and cooperators on distinctively stylized movies: screenwriters Tonino Guerra (including Numbered Days and A Quiet Place in the Country) and Ugo Pirro (e.g. We Still Kill the Old Way and Property Is No Longer a Theft), composer Ennio Morricone (cooperation on seven films), and actors Gian Maria Volonté (including Todo modo) and Marcello Mastroianni (e.g. The Assassin and The 10th Victim). “Bringing Petri’s films to Karlovy Vary is a dream come true, and it was made possible with the collaboration of Paola Petri and Cineteca di Bologna,“ says KVIFF artistic director Karel Och.

Anurag Kashyap

Forty-one-year-old director, screenwriter, and producer Anurag Kashyap is the most highly-acclaimed moviemaker working in India today. In 2012 the Cannes festival screened his ambitious gangster saga Gangs of Wasseypur. At the same festival last year the filmmaker presented his writer-director effort Ugly (2013), as well as the popular The Lunchbox, which he coproduced. His second feature Black Friday (2004), a controversial treatment of the horrific 1993 Bombay bombings, participated in the Locarno festival. Powerful storyteller Kashyap, who ingeniously injects Western cinematic stylings into Indian situations, also generated accolades with No Smoking (2007), a noirish comic psychological thriller with surrealist elements loosely based on a story by Stephen King.

Among the seven movies that he will personally introduce to audiences this year at Karlovy Vary: Dev.D (2009), Gulaal (2009), and That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010). (…)

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