For some time now, it has been possible to experience the festival in Karlovy Vary in other ways than directly on the colonnade. In the following days, the organizers of KVIFF offer several opportunities to see timeless film classics by Terrence Malick, Isao Takahata or Juraj Herz, or to get in the mood for the holidays with the comedy Heavenly Love, which celebrates 20 years since its premiere this year.
“That the movie became the Christmas zeitgeist was as much of a surprise to us as it was to everyone else,” producer Tim Bevan said of Love in the Sky. Reviewers often agree that the cult romantic comedy has its flaws, but perhaps that’s where its popularity lies. Most of all, Heavenly Love is about trying to be a better person, about overcoming one’s own limits, boundaries, and fears. Why? Because it’s Christmas after all. A special time of year goes to love like potato salad to fried carp. That’s why Colin Firth is finally able to reveal his feelings for Lúcia Moniz.
Heavenly Love can be seen as part of Tada Vary, a unique concept of the film season, during which viewers have the chance to experience the pre-premiere in their favorite local cinema, either in Sokolov or in Valašské Klobouky. From December 20, the restored version of Heavenly Love will be available online on the KVIFF.TV platform.
Vary also announced the program for the coming winter and spring of 2024. They invite you to the new film by director Jorgos Lanthimos, Poor People, which took home the Golden Lion from the Venice festival this year, Runaway Dolls by the legendary creator Ethan Coen, or new works by Sofia Coppola and Luca Guadagnino. If you’re looking for gifts for your movie-loving relatives, a seasonal subscription to Tady Vary is a great idea.
This is Vary
Here Vary 2023/24 is a new concept movie seasons with subscription. Choose your nearest or most popular from more than 56 participating cinemas. You purchase a subscription and mark the appropriate number of evenings in the calendar between October 2023 and June 2024, or January and June 2024 in the case of a spring subscription. You walk the red carpet once a month and enjoy yourself preview of a great movie. Together with you, viewers all over the Czech Republic will be watching the film at the same time. The festival atmosphere is created by the introduction transmitted to all cinemas.
Days of ageless movies
After Wednesday’s preview of Láska nebeské, Vary will focus on other film classics. But in the following days, Vary will pay attention mainly to the classics. From Thursday to Saturday (December 14-16), the festival organizers invite you to KVIFF Classics, a showcase of timeless images from all corners of the planet. In the Prague cinemas Světozor and Ponrepo, films such as Kerosene Lamps, Lawrence of Arabia, Samurai or Shaft of Buried Ideas will be shown. All on a large screen and in restored quality.
“Old and modern film classics will present unprecedented acting performances, they will bear witness to phenomenal directors, unique cinematographers or genius music composers. A narrative feature film, a psychological drama, a sparkling comedy, an animated anti-war drama or a stylish gangster film will be enriched with professional introductions that will contribute to the uniqueness and unrepeatability of experiences in cinemas,” says the festival’s program director Karel Och.
The show will begin on Thursday evening with the ceremonial introduction of Kerosene lamps in the presence of actress Ivy Janžurová. You can find the full program of the mini-festival here.
14-16 12. 2023, cinema Světozor and Ponrepo, Prague