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Viggo Mortensen and Clive Owen are among the big names at Karlovy Vary IFF

Karlovy Vary will open its doors from June 28 to July 6, 2024 for the prestigious 58th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Get ready for an incredible week full of cinematic gems, meetings with film industry luminaries and unique experiences in this beautiful spa town.

Big names announced include actor Viggo Mortensen, Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen, and director Steven Soderbergh.

Stars will grace the red carpet during the opening and closing ceremonies in the Great Hall of the Thermal Hotel, a monumental brutalist building in the heart of Karlovy Vary’s spa zone.

At the opening concert on June 28, the popular British band Kosheen will perform in front of the Czech Hotel Thermal, with free admission to the public.

This year’s 58th Karlovy Vary IFF will feature Oscar-winning star Clive Owen, actor-director Viggo Mortensen, known as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and renowned American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The protagonist of the new official festival trailer is actor and producer, Oscar winner Benicio del Toro.

The festival will also pay tribute to Francine Maisler, one of the world’s most renowned casting directors, known for her work on films such as Dune, Tree of Life and Birdman.

The festival’s jury will include renowned Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who achieved worldwide fame for his role as the eccentric pianist in the drama The Shining. In 2022, Geoffrey Rush received the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

This year’s extensive retrospective focuses on the world-famous writer Franz Kafka, born in Prague. The centenary of his death was also recently commemorated. A film by cult filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks series) and the classic Kafka by director Steven Soderbergh stand out in the film offering. Read more about Czech writers, including Kafka, HERE.

If you want to see any of the festival films in Karlovy Vary, you have to Festival pass. This gives you multiple tickets for multiple films, depending on which option you choose (one-day, three-day, five-day and full festival). Tickets can be reserved via the app or at one of the 25 ticket offices on site.

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