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Today the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced it's line up. Karlovy Vary will screen 204 films, including four films from the Netherlands and several minority co-productions. The festival will take place from July 2 - 10, 2010.

BARDSONGS, the latest feature directed and produced by Sander Francken, sales by Film Europe, is selected for the section ‘Another View'. Francken has been writing, directing and producing films and television programs since 1980. His work was awarded with approximately 35 national and international film and television awards.

At the basis of the musical feature film BARDSONGS are three folk tales from Rajasthan, Western Africa and Ladakh, put to music by musical celebrities from those regions and interpreted by local actors who know the tales from their youth. BARDSONGS focuses on the similarities between these totally different worlds.

FAREWELL, the feature length documentary by Ditteke Mensink, produced by Pieter van Huystee Film, is also selected for Karlovy Vary's ‘Another View' program. FAREWELL premiered in competition at IDFA 2009 and screened at many international film festivals, including the Auckland-Wellington Documentary Film Festival, the Oslo European Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs Toronto and the São Paulo International Documentary Film Festival It's All True. The film tells the story of Lady Grace Drummond-Hay, the only female passenger on the first journey around the world of the Graf Zeppelin in 1929.

Karlovy Vary's Documentary Competition presents from the Netherlands the feature length documentary THE PLAYER, directed by John Appel and produced by Cobos Films. THE PLAYER, which premiered at IDFA 2009, was awarded with the Dioraphte IDFA Award Best Dutch Documentary 2009 and nominated for the VPRO IDFA Award Best Feature Length Documentary 2009. THE PLAYER previously screened at amongst others the São Paulo International Documentary Film Festival It's All True, Hot Docs Toronto, Docaviv Tel Aviv, the Shanghai International Documentary Panorama MIDA and the Shanghai TV Festival, where it received a nomination for Best Social Documentary.
THE PLAYER is a film about gambling, winning and losing, based on the director's own memories of his father.

Selected for the Documentary Competition as well is the short doc MUM by Adelheid Roosen, produced by Female Economy. ‘Now that my mother has developed Alzheimer's disease, I don't see her dissolve, I see her appear. My experience of her is as an Alice in Wonderland: she is falling through time. I fall after her, discover where she is, what she goes through, what she does or says. My mother has left on a journey travel with her, as her luggage. That is the poetry I find in this situation. That is what I tried to catch in this film' - Adelheid Roosen.

Last but not least, five Dutch minority co-productions will screen at Karlovy Vary, including LOST PERSONS AREA (Dutch co-producer De Productie), MY QUEEN KARO (Dutch co-producer IDTV Film), THE MISFORTUNATES (Dutch co-producer IDTV Film), MY JOY (Dutch co-producer Lemming Film) and SON OF BABYLON (Dutch co-producer Human Film).

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 2-10







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