The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central Europe’s Biggest Cinema Party, Returns in Style

In a region of the world — central and eastern Europe — that hasn’t had much

to celebrate recently, the news that the Karlovy Vary International Film

Festival is returning in full force this year (the 56th KVIFF runs July 1-9) is truly a reason to party.

“We had a physical event last year but it was still a bit under the cloud of

COVID,” says KVIFF artistic director Karel Och.

This time around, everyone is really in the mood,

you can feel the carnival atmosphere that makes Karlovy Vary so special.

It’s going to be as close to [the last pre-pandemic festival] 2019 as possible.”

Karlovy Vary holds a unique position in the festival calendar. Coming after