News Second edition of KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA comes to cinemas throughout the Czech Republic

Published: November 08, 2021| 04:40 PM

After the success of the first edition of KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA, held in 2020 because of Covid-19 and which entirely replaced the traditional Karlovy Vary festival, the festival’s organizers have decided to continue this newly begun tradition. Over the course of three days, from 11 November to 2 December, and at 36 cinemas from Brandýs nad Labem to Zábřeh, KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA will present six films carefully chosen by the KVIFF programming department. Just like last year, each film be shown just once, on the same day and the same time, at all participating cinemas. Selected screenings will be followed by discussions with the filmma-kers, life-streamed to all cinemas.

“Last year, nearly 100 cinema operators throughout the country helped us to hold a ‘substitute edition’ of the Karlovy Vary festival. From an unhappy beginning we wound up with something that far exceeded our ex-pectations. KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA also gave us the chance to personally visit many different cinemas, to meet the people behind them and their audiences, and to go on an adventure that we still remember today. Right after it ended, we knew that it would be more than just a one-time event. We wanted to stay in touch with cinemas and, through them, to continue to offer audiences the festival’s films and its atmosphere. And so we are back this year with KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA 21. I am overjoyed at cinemas’ interest and am looking forward to again enjoying KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA,” says KVIFF’s president Jiří Bartoška.

Three distinctive films from the festival in Cannes: Compartment No. 6, The Worst Person in the World, and Benedetta.

The program offers a sampling from this year’s KVIFF, plus two special presentations. The Karlovy Vary fes-tival’s traditional “Horizons” section will be represented by three films that all premiered in competition at this year’s festival in Cannes, where Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 took home the Grand Jury Prize. Kuosmanen is a long-time friend of the Karlovy Vary festival, and his previous film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki was brought to Czech cinemas by KVIFF Distribution. After the screening, the festival’s artistic director will engage Kuosmanen in conversation at Prague’s Světozor cinema, which will be streamed live to all other participating cinemas.

Director Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World earned Renate Reinsve a best actress award at Cannes and was an audience favorite in Karlovy Vary. Rounding out our trio of films from Cannes is Paul Verhoeven’s highly anticipated erotic historical drama Benedetta, which will be distributed through the Czech Re-public shortly after KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA.

Boiling Point – An audience favorite from KVIFF’s main competition

At KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA, the Karlovy Vary film festival’s main competition will be represented by the British film Boiling Point. This dynamic drama of one evening at a luxury restaurant was filmed in one take by director Philip Barantini, who came to Karlovy Vary with a large delegation to introduced his film. Boiling Point earned actress Vinette Robinson a special jury mention and also did well in audience voting. KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA will probably be the last chance to see Boiling Point on the big screen in the Czech Republic.

The premiere of Helena Třeštíková’s latest, featuring a delegation from the film, and an homage to Jean-Paul Belmondo

The first of KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA’s two special screenings presents the Czech premiere of Helena Třeštíková’s new film René – The Prisoner of Freedom, a continuation of her rawly authentic documentary portrait René (2008) that will have the world premiere at IDFA just before KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA. Cinemagoers at all participating cinemas will have a chance to engage in a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker her-self. The live discussion at Prague’s Světozor cinema will be streamed to all participating cinemas, and audiences can send their questions via a special app.

In honor of legendary actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who passed away this year, KVIFF AT YOUR CINEMA is showing the cult movie The Man from Acapulco, thus offering filmgoers a unique chance to watch the fateful encounter between the beautiful Arianna and the indefatigable Bob Saint-Claire on the big screen.


VARY AT YOUR CINEMA 21 runs three days, from 30 November to 2 December, at 36 cinemas throughout the Czech Republic. At all cinemas, the screenings are held at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets for individual films go on sale on 9 November, and are available only from the participating cinemas’ ticket offices. The festival is orga-nized by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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Tuesday 30 November

5pm – René – The Prisoner of Freedom (dir. Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2021, 98 min.)

8pm – Benedetta (dir. Paul Verhoeven, France, Netherlands, 2020, 127 min.)

Wednesday 1 December

5pm – Compartment No. 6 (dir. Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Russia, 2021, 107 min.)

8pm – Boiling Point (dir. Philip Barantini, Great Britain, 2020, 94 min.)

Thursday 2 December

5pm – The Man from Acapulco (dir. Philippe de Broca, France, Italy, Mexico, 1973, 90 min.)

8pm – The Worst Person in the World (dir. Joachim Trier, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, 2021, 121 min.)


Brandýs nad Labem - Kino Brandýs nad Labem

Havířov - Kino Centrum Havířov

Hodonín - Kino Svět Hodonín

Hradec Králové - Bio Central

Choceň - Máj

Jablonec nad Nisou - Junior

Jablonné nad Orlicí - Městské kino Jablonné nad Orlicí

Janské Lázně - kino Vlast

Jeseník - Kino Pohoda

Jičín - Biograf Český ráj

Kadaň - kino Hvězda

Karlovy Vary - kino Čas

Kolín - Kino 99

Krnov - Mír 70

Mariánské Lázně - kino Slavia

Napajedla - kino Napajedla

Nymburk - Městské kino Sokol

Ostrava - Kino Luna Ostrava

Ostrava - Kino Poklad

Ostrov - Velké kino

Písek - Portyč

Pilsen - Kino Beseda Plzeň

Prague 1 - Světozor

Prague 1 - Edison Filmhub

Prague 3 - Přítomnost

Prague 7 - Bio Oko

Prostějov - Metro 70

Rosice - Panorama

Semily - Kino Jitřenka

Strakonice - Kino Oko Starkonice

Třinec - Městské kino Kosmos Třinec

Uherské Hradiště - Hvězda

Valašské Meziříčí - Kino Valmez

Volyně - Kino Volyně

Vrchlabí - Kino Střelnice

Zábřeh - Kino Retro


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