Artisans in Focus Variety Panel

Sunday 2 July, 2:30–4pm / Vodafone Lounge

While legendary film stars and great auteurs of global cinema are regularly celebrated, less heralded are the geniuses behind the camera. In a historic new event at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Artisans in Focus will spotlight the brilliant individuals who create the images and sounds that form the magic of movies. This panel of internationally recognized creative professionals, hosted by Variety and in partnership with Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Productions, will illuminate crafts such as cinematography, production and costume design, editing - and explore how artisans work with directors, producers and actors. Moderated by Variety's Peter Caranicas, the session will also survey the future of filmmaking as the digital revolution transforms the industry. Cinema professionals and serious fans will mark their calendars for this major new KVIFF track on the fine art of collaboration in filmmaking.

Panelists:

Annell Brodeur is costume designer and stylist who studied costume design at the University of North Texas, Denton. She worked on award-winning fiction movie Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (dir. David Lowery, 2013), the fantasy movie Pete’s Dragon (dir. David Lowery, 2016), the drama 6 Years (dir. Hannah Fidell, 2015) and A Ghost Story (dir. David Lowery, 2017), starring Casey Affleck and which will be screened at KVIFF this year.

Monika Willi, born in Innsbruck, Austria, on May 29, 1968, is an Austrian film editor known for her many years of collaboration with Michael Glawogger (e.g. France, Here We Come!, Workingman’s Death, Contact High, Whores’ Glory) and Michael Haneke (e.g. The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf, The White Ribbon, Amour, Happy End). She has also worked regularly with Barbara Albert (Northern Skirts, Free Radicals, The Dead and the Living) and Florian Flicker (Suzie Washington, Hold-Up). Monika Willi has received many awards and nominations for her work: She was nominated for the Austrian Film Prize for Whores’ Glory (Michael Glawogger, 2011) and the German Film Prize for The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2010). In 2012 she was nominated for the César Award for her work on Michael Haneke’s film Amour. She received the Austrian Film Prize (Best Film Editing) for Barbara Albert’s The Dead and the Living (2012) and Barbara Eder’s Thank you for bombing, the Filmplus Award for Best Feature Film Editing for Haneke’s The White Ribbon (2009) as well as for Barbara Eder’s Thank You for Bombing (2016). Untitled is Monika Willi’s co-directing debut.

Wojciech Staroń is Polish cinematographer and director. He is a Silver Bear winner at the 61st Berlinale for Artistic Contribution for cinematography to El Premio (The Prize), dir. P.Markovitch. His own debut Siberian Lesson (1998) was awarded at IDFA, Cinema du Reel, Krakow IFF. Argentinian Lesson won Cinema Eye Honor, DokLeipzig, Camerimage. Brothers (2015) won Critics Week in Locarno. Lecturer of National Film School in Lodz.

Ondřej Nekvasil is a Czech production designer who studied at the Department of Stage Design at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is best known for his work on the Oscar-nominated film The Illusionist (dir. Neil Bruger, 2006), the award-winning sci-fi film Snowpiercer (dir. Bong Joon Ho, 2013) starring Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans, and Underworld: Blood Wars (dir. Anna Foerster, 2016). In 2001 he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for his work on the TV miniseries Anne Frank.

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