Karlovy Vary 2000

  • Ron Holloway


35th KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Brazilian film revival received another festival boost when Andrucha Waddington's Eu Tu Eles (Me You Them) scored a hardly unexpected Crystal Globe victory at the 35th Karlovy Vary festival (5-15 July 2000). Since 1995, when the new government (after the impeachment of the president) introduced friendly film laws to encourage investment in productions, a Golden Bear has been awarded at the Berlinale to Walter Salles's Central Station -- followed by an even more important commercial box-office hit: Carlos Diegues's Orfeu, a remake of Vinicius de Morales's play Orfeu de Carnival, the same source used by Marcel Camus for his Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), the Golden Palm winner at the 1959 Cannes festival. In June, a month before Karlovy Vary, Orfeu was the key film in the 24-film retrospective programmed at the Troia festival in Portugal to celebrate the discovery of Brazil 500...