Russia Themes Dominate 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival
We’ll catch up with WBEZ film contributor and Facets multimedia founder, Milos Stehlik. He’s at the 2018 Karlovy Vary film festival in the Czech Republic. Though not as famous as the Cannes festival, it’s almost as large. The festival mostly screens independent films from non-Western countries. Many of the most notable films have Russia themes. One Russian documentary, Putin’s Witnesses from director Vitaly Mansky, follows the transfer of presidential power from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin. A Romanian film from New Wave director, Rade Jude, called I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians,focuses on the Romanian role in the slaughter of 480,000 Jews, mostly in Ukraine, during WWII. Milos will discuss the films, and also the death of French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann. Famous for his Holocaust documentary, Shoah, he died this week at the age of 92.