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Karlovy Vary flowing with European titles

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Karlovy Vary flowing with European titles

The 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 2–10) will present audiences with a wide selection of the best new European cinema.

Seven European films are screening in the main competition, two of them world premieres: Frédéric Sojcher's Hitler in Hollywood [+see also:
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, co-production between Belgium, France and Italy, is a faux investigation of the long-hidden truth about European cinema. In The Mosquito Net [+see also:
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, Spanish director Agustí Vila casts Geraldine Chaplin as a woman with Alzheimer's.

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Two Czech films are vying for the Crystal Globe: Tomáš Mašín's 3 Seasons in Hell [+see also:
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is set during the communist putsch in post-war Czechoslovakia, where a libertine realizes too late the threat to his way of life. Jan Svěrák's Kooky [+see also:
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is a family adventure about an abandoned Teddy bear trying to find his way home.

Other European titles in the Official Selection include French director Olivier Coussemacq's debut feature Sweet Evil [+see also:
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, a psychological thriller about a teenage girl who imposes upon an older married couple. From Poland comes Paweł Sala's Mother Teresa of Cats [+see also:
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, a loose reconstruction of a murder and its aftermath. Rajko Grlić's comedy Just Between Us [+see also:
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, a co-production between Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, stars Miki Manojlović as a philanderer in crisis.

Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition selection features Cristi Puiu's Cannes entry Aurora [+see also:
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and Veiko Õunpuu's Sundance title The Temptation of St. Tony [+see also:
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, as well as lesser-known films. In Slovenian director Igor Šterk's 9:06 [+see also:
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, a police investigator becomes obsessed with a suicide. Adis Bakrač's film The Abandoned, a co-production between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and France, concerns a teenage orphan searching for his parents. Srdjan Koljević's Woman With a Broken Nose [+see also:
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, a co-production between Serbia and Germany, follows several characters linked by a tragic event. Czech director Jitka Rudolfová's Dreamers explores the dynamics of a group of thirtysomethings,

The Forum of Independents section features French-Swiss crime thriller Bang, Spanish drama Circuit [+see also:
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, Czech thriller Twosome [+see also:
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, French drama E.N.V.I.E., British comedy Four Lions [+see also:
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, Danish adventure Nuummioq, and German prison drama Picco [+see also:
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The festival will close with French romantic comedy Heartbreakers [+see also:
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, Pascal Chaumeil's directorial debut.

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