KVIFF TALKS – Meet the Filmmakers

Regular meetings have been organized with directors, actors, and other filmmakers who present their work as part of the festival program. During the ten years of KVIFF Talks existence large number of filmmakers have shared their experiences with the audience; such as directors Oliver Stone, Todd Solondz, Michel Gondry, William Friedkin or Charlie Kaufman or actors Harvey Keitel, John Malkovich, Christopher Lee and Michael Shannon or film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

The meetings are held in the Press Conference Hall, Vodafone Lounge or the Congress Hall of Thermal Hotel.

Unless indicated otherwise, the meetings take place in English, are not translated, and do not require a ticket or accreditation.


KVIFF Talk with Ninja Thyberg

Press conference hall, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Swedish director Ninja Thyberg is a preeminent and talented contemporary filmmaker who, in just a short period of time, has succeeded in creating a unique signature style and becoming an international hit. Her nine short films take a fresh and playful approach to gender and social stereotypes, our understanding of our own bodies, and the relationship between power, desire, and sexuality. Thyberg’s feature film debut Pleasure, a follow-up to her eponymous short film, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festivalu, and the media has described its “unsettling authenticity.” The film takes an unflinching look behind the scenes of America’s porn industry, and how to approach this taboo and myth-shrouded phenomenon will be the subject of our talk.   

Moderated by Marta Balaga ​covering the festival for Cineuropa and Variety.


KVIFF Talk with Radu Jude and Sergei Loznitsa

Vodafone Lounge, Hotel Thermal, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Two distinctive European filmmakers, recipients of numerous festival awards, directors who have repeatedly explored the dark side of European history, regular guests in Karlovy Vary, and also personal friends. Radu Jude, one of Romanian cinema’s most distinctive personalities, recipient of dozens of festival awards including a Crystal Globe at the 53 Karlovy Vary film festival and a Golden Bear from this year’s Berlinale, and renowned Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitza, a household name among film festivals, creator of award-winning documentaries and fiction films, among other things recipient of a directing award at Cannes. Join this unique discussion between two distinctive contempory auteurs, both of whom will be presenting their latest works at this year’s festival.

The discussion is moderated by Neil Young, British film journalist, curator, and contributor to The Hollywood Reporter, Sight & Sound, and Screen International.


KVIFF TALK with director Juho Kuosmanen and actress Seidi Haarla

Press conference hall, 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen charmed Karlovy Vary for the first time five years ago with his biopic feature debut The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes 2016. His current film Compartment No. 6 (screened here in the Horizons section) has shined even brighter, winning this year's Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury's Special Mention. This unusual romantic comedy about two seemingly divergent personalities, a young Finnish intellectual and a Russian miner sharing a compartment in a train going to Murmansk, is based on the eponymous bestseller by Rosa Liksom and explores the topics of identity and accepting others as well as ourselves. Join us, the director and his female lead Seidi Haarla, Finnish actress and one of this year's Berlinale EFP Shooting Stars, for a talk about authenticity and the quirks of filming in an actual moving train.

Hosted by Marta Balaga, journalist covering KVIFF for Cineuropa and Variety magazine.


KVIFF Talk with DJ and producer Laurant Garnier

Press conference hall, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Join us for a truly unique KVIFF Talk: Laurent Garnier, the legendary French DJ, producer and one of the godfathers of house music, comes to Karlovy Vary to promote Laurent Garnier: Off the Record. The documentary film directed by Gabin Rivoire reflects on Garnier's personal story intertwined with the revolutionary history of electronic music. Garnier also composed the score for multiple films, TV and theatre pieces, fuelled by his unwavering passion for music since the late 1980s when he became part of the Manchester club scene. His long and illustrious career – the artist was even decorated as Chévalier de la Légion d´Honneur in 2017 – will be the subject of this talk.

KVIFF Talk hosted by Saša Michailidis


KVIFF Talk with Ethan Hawke

Congress Hall, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The final guest of this year’s KVIFF TALKS is American actor, director, and author Ethan Hawke, who will be at this year’s festival to receive the KVIFF President’s Award and to personally present Paul Schrader’s thriller First Reformed. Hawke has appeared in doznes of unforgettable roles and has worked with numerous outstanding directors such as Peter Weir, Alfonso Cuarón, Sydney Lumet, and most notably Richard Linklater, with whom he worked on eight film and with whom he co-wrote the screenplays to the cult films Before Sunset and Before Midnight, both of which earned him Oscar nominations. Hawke made his directorial debut with the film Chelsea Walls; his most recent outing as a director was the biopic Blaze.

Moderated by Neil Young, British film journalist, curator, and contributor to The Hollywood Reporter, Sight & Sound, and Screen International.


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