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Michel Gondry’s L’Ecume des jours (Mood Indigo) will open this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
The movie stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in an adaptation of a Boris Vian novel. Billed as a poetic fantasy about making sacrifices for a loved one, the movie marks Gondry’s return to filmmaking after last year’s The We and The I.
Mood Indigo was produced by StudioCanal in association with Brio Films.
Karlovy Vary Film Festival president Jiri Bartoska described Gondry as “one of the most original filmmakers on the current international scene.”
“Like his contemporaries — Spike Jonze or David Fincher — he steers clear of the straightforward, mainstream route; he aims to present his audiences with a fresh view of the world,” Bartoska added.
As was previously announced, Oscar-winning producer-writer-director Oliver Stone will receive a lifetime achievement award at KVIFF this year. Polish director Agnieszka Holland will head the main jury.
Festival organizers also unveiled the line-up which promises U.K. filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s latest A Field In England, billed as a psychedelic trip into magic and madness set in the English Civil War of the mid-17th century.
Programmers have also slotted in debutant Lance Edmands‘ Bluebird, the filmmaker’s existential look at a small-town community made in the best tradition of American independent film.
The lineup includes work from six returning directors – two of whom have already won Crystal Globes for best film in recent years at the Czech shindig.
Krzysztof Krauzeand Joanna Kos-Krauze, the creators of the winning film at the 2005 KVIFF editoion, My Nikifor, will now be competing for the third time with a stylized, black-and-white story Papusza, a film about the first Roma woman who published poems and confronted the traditional female role in the gypsy community.
Also vying for the laurels a second time will be Israeli filmmaker Yossi Madmony, who won over the jury two years ago with his film Restoration. His latest drama, A Place In Heaven takes a new look at the father-son relationship, this time against a backdrop of four decades of Israeli history.
The festival runs June 28 through July 6.
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