- Director:Miroslav Janek
A history of the fifty editions of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Although first held in 1946, the twists and turns of the 20th century meant that the festival has only been able to celebrate its fiftieth edition in July 2015. The history of the festival is traced by director Miroslav Janek in cooperation with long-serving artistic consultant Eva Zaoralová, who talks to participants in early editions. Unseen period archives, fascinating facts from the unknown past, interviews about films, guests and what goes on behind the scenes show a different side to the festival at various periods. How did one of today’s major A-list festivals, which for most of its history was at the mercy of political manipulation and hypocritical slogans, develop? The Karlovy Vary festival – as the film fans of today have never seen it before.
Miroslav Janek was born 1954 in Nachod, Czechoslovakia. From the age of fifteen, he made short films, a great number of which were awarded at numerous festivals of amateur film. In 1979, he emigrated to Germany and went on to live in USA. There he worked as film editor and cameraman, making a whole range of creative films.He returned to the Czech Republic in 1995. He worked for the Czech Television making sixty-minute documentary films winning multiple awards at international festivals. From 1998, he works as a lecturer at FAMU.His wife Tonička Janková is a film editor as well. He is known for „Battle for Life“ (2000), „Nespatrene“ (1996), „Olga“ (2014) and „The Gospel According to Brabenec“ (2014).
Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema, Valpovo culture center, Centar znanja Vinkovci, Vucedol museum are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.