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The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival celebrated its 55th edition in 2021, with a line-up including outstanding Czech and international films made over the previous two years.

The festival ran from from 20 to 28 August.

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The Green Knight
The Green Knight
Retelling of the legend of Sir Gawain's quest.
Pleasure
Pleasure
A 20-year-old woman moves from her small town in Sweden to LA for a shot at a career in the adult film industry.
Otar's Death
Otar's Death
Two families, each facing their own existential difficulties, are brought together by an unfortunate event.
Even Mice Belong In Heaven
Even Mice Belong In Heaven
A mouse and a fox meet in animal heaven and forge an unexpected friendship.
Ballad Of A White Cow
Ballad Of A White Cow
A single mum, whose husband has been executed, struggles for justice.
Stop-Zemlia
Stop-Zemlia
Drama follows a shy teenager and her friend as they navigate their 16th year.
Laurent Garnier: Off The Record
Laurent Garnier: Off The Record
Profile of the godfather of 1990s techno music.
Babi Yar. Context
Babi Yar. Context
Nazi troops massacre 33,771 Jews in Kiev over a two-day period in September 1941.
Sweat
Sweat
A social media influencer begins to question her life.
Zanka Contact
Zanka Contact
In hellish Casablanca, a car-crash sets ablaze a burning, passionate love story between has-been rocker Larsen and the streetwise Rajae.
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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Features

'I’m always amazed people are shocked by sex in movies'
Benedetta director Paul Verhoeven on religion, nudity, and sexuality
Masculinity's irony
Levan Koguashvili on Brighton 4th and the comedy of cheese
The feeling of this time
Elisabeth Vogler on Roaring 20s and Agnès Varda
A snapshot of memory
Christos Nikou talks about Apples, the pandemic and his upcoming film with Carey Mulligan
Fishing for truth
Luzzu director Alex Camilleri on the casting and shooting of his debut
The lives of others
Nadine Labaki on Capernaum and the way the refugee crisis affects children

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