The New Vicissitudes of Auteur Cinema

  • Christina Stojanova


THE NEW VICISSITUDES OF AUTEUR CINEMA: KARLOVY VARY 2010 The Festival and its Ambiance     The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is a place where everyone feels at home - from the brightest stars of world cinema and Hollywood staying at Grand Hotel Pupp, to the student back-packers, who arrive in numbers every year and, in anticipation of some last minute ticket availability, squat in the hallways of Hotel Thermal, housing the festival headquarters as well as five festival film theatres. This unassuming hospitality was elegantly emphasized in the festival film vignettes, shown before each screening. Witty animation tributes to the festival president Jií Bartoška and its artistic director Eva Zaoralová, inspired by the Pink Panther and Iakov Protazanov's Aelita respectively, were paired with a series of black-and-white shorts, starring some of the most illustrious recipients of the festival's Life-Time Achievement Award, the Crystal Globe, and featuring the statuette's mostly...