52st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, shortened KVIFF, started on June 30, in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, and it will showcase as per usual around 200 recent films native to Central and East Europe. Uma Thurman, Karolina Kurkova, and Casey Affleck were among the faces that took a sit for the opening night, with James Newton Howard having an intimate moment with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The composer, who’s work has been honored on Friday, held an opening concert premiering music from his composition for the 2018 continuity to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
The festival is happening untill July 8.
For lovers of Asian movies, there’s New York Asian Film Festival 2017 to have a look at between June 30 – July 16. The event has enough to feed any heart and features most recent Asian films, some of which have well-known actors from Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and South East Asia. For the opening day “Bad Genius” Thai actors Chanon Santinatornkul and Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying posed elegantly next to the movie director Nattawut Poonpiriya.
Puerto Rican rapper Residente is on a European tour till later July, checking in often in Germany. His latest appearance made it to Berlin’s Huxley on June 30, styled with good music and a great vibe. You have to check him out!
Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica went multitasking for his latest project, and directed, wrote and took the leading role next to Italian actress Monica Bellucci in a three-part narrative Serbian movie. Yes, Bellucci is speaking Serbian in the film, and I can only receive it as a treat. As for the story, watching the trailer brought me thinking to Jim Carrey’s ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’. I doubt Emir Kusturica’s movie goes that deep into the magic, but there’s a hint of fantasy in there too, mixed with a story of love, war, and an unexpected end.