Karlovy Vary 2012

  • Gönül Dönmez-Colin


47th KARLOVY VARY FILM FESTIVAL Over 200 films, including 34 shorts and 56 documentaries, with 23 world premieres and more than 120,000 tickets sold. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival celebrated its 47th year with triumph this summer despite budget cuts that have also been menacing many other film festivals. The Grand Jury, headed by Richard Peña, programme director of New York Film Festival, and including Montreal's well-known actor François Papineau, judged a dozen films over eight days (June 29 - July 7, 2012). In the Official Competition, Pele akher (The Last Step) by Ali Mosaffa from Iran, focused on a somewhat confused young wife-widow played by Leila Hatami, well-known for her role as an irritable housewife in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar winner, A Separation. The Last Step however lacked the well-written script of A Separation and also suffered from Hatami's being cast in a similar role as in her earlier...