Why we support

Dear kindred spirits,

Why I support the Karlovy Vary film festival.

It’s held in Karlovy Vary. I am a local patriot. I love Karlovy Vary and I’m happy to live here, I’m happy to breathe its air and walk its ground. It is a beautiful place created precisely for just that – to be beautiful, to calm, to heal, to restore one’s powers and zest for life. It has done so for more than six centuries. And so people have come to value it greatly. It is not enough to heal the body, drink the healing waters, and bathe in them. The soul, too, needs refreshment and relaxation, but also to experience and investigate new stimuli. That’s why Karlovy Vary has always attracted a variety of events, whether cultural, artistic, or spiritual. Karlovy Vary and its landscape readily invite such things.

It’s all about film. As a human being I am interested in other human beings. I like to see the world through their eyes. Film does this. It enables the expression of the greatest number of perceptions in the most thorough manner; it is image, music, sound, drama, and more. A good movie forces you to experience something, to think about it. You may find that your view of the world is not the only one out there.

Why the festival? I’m cosmopolitan. From the very beginning Karlovy Vary has been a cosmopolis, albeit a small one. The festival is an enormous event for the city, one of the oldest international competitive film festivals in the world. For ten days, the world fills the streets, parks, halls, cafés, and bars of the city. I saw an incredible number of random encounters between strangers that resulted in love, friendship, projects, and finished creations. The word “festival” has roots in fête and feast, with associations to joy and merriment. I like these.

So if you like “Karlovy Vary,” “film,” and “festival,” join me supporting KVIFF this summer.

Petr Kulhánek
Lord Mayor of Karlovy Vary

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