51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Photos & News

51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Photos & News

Last night, Jamie Dornan and the cast of Anthropoid attended the Opening Ceremony of 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where the movie was show. Here are photos and an article from Variety.



Jamie Dornan’s ‘Anthropoid’ Opens Karlovy Vary With a Bang

World War II tale of Czechoslovakian resistance follows sexy ’60s-inspired stage show

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival got off to a dazzling start on Friday with a titillatingly impressive stage number, a prize for Willem Dafoe, and the world premiere of “Anthropoid,” Sean Ellis’ World War II thriller set in Czechoslovakia.

Presenting his competition pic, which stars Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Toby Jones, Ellis said his story of two soldiers who return to their native Czechoslovakia on a secret mission to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi official had been a 15-year-long obsession.

“It’s been a long journey to bring it all the way home to the Czech Republic tonight for you,” Ellis said. “It’s a great honor. I dedicate this film to the men and women of the former Czechoslovakia who stood up against tyranny with indomitable spirit and sacrificed everything for what they believed.”

Dornan added: “We realized what an important story this is to the Czech Republic and we felt a great deal of pressure to tell it in an appropriate way and honor the men and women involved. I really hope that we’ve done that. We’re very proud of the movie and I hope that we’ve done the country proud as well.”

The Czech Ministry of Defense was instrumental in supporting the project, which shot in the country and in the city of Prague as well as at Barrandov Studio.

Earlier in the evening, festival president Jiri Bartoska presented Dafoe with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.

“I’m very happy to be here at Karlovy Vary,” the actor said, visibly moved. “Film is so important. It gives us so much. I’m just very proud that my contribution has been honored this way.”

Taking place at the Hotel Thermal’s vast theater, the ceremony opened with a rocking intro that combined old-world charm and catwalk aesthetic, a titillating stage show and psychedelic audiovisual spectacle set to pulsating ‘60s-inspired beats with scantily clad dancers, strapping acrobats and even a horse and rider that nearly brought the house down.

First Anthropoid Trailer + Stills and Poster

The first trailer for Anthropoid has been released. Here is the video, stills, poster and captures. The movie is set to be released in August.



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First Look at Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid

ScreenDaily has gotten a first look at Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid.



Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Alena Mihulová join Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon in Sean Ellis’ Second World War thriller.

Principal photography has begun in the Czech Republic on Anthropoid, a Second World War thriller starring Jamie Dornan (50 Shades Of Grey) and Cillian Murphy (Inception) from Metro Manila director Sean Ellis.

New cast members to sign up to the production include Toby Jones (Infamous), Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything), Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class, Son of Rambow), Alena Mihulova and Sam Keeley.

They join Dornan, Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent) and Anna Geislerová (Something Like Happiness).

The film is based on the true story of two Czech soldiers – played by Dornan and Murphy – sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1941.

SS General Reinhard Heydrich was second only to Himmler and Hitler in the Third Reich’s hierarchy and main architect for the ‘Final Solution’.

Director Ellis will also handle cinematography and co-wrote the script with Anthony Frewin (Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story).

Ellis said: “This has been a 14-year journey to get Anthropoid to the screen. I’m incredibly proud and happy to finally tell this important story about Czech resistance during World War II.”

Anthropoid is produced by LD Entertainment (Risen, The Grey). ICM Partners packaged the film and will be handling the North American sale with UTA.

Altitude Film Sales is managing international sales.

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Jamie Dornan on Playing Anti-Nazi Hero in ‘Anthropoid’

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan was among the guests at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival Thursday, where he presented his next movie project “Anthropoid,” which begins filming in the Czech Republic next month. He was joined by the movie’s director Sean Ellis, who previously helmed critically-lauded crime drama “Metro Manila.”

Dornan plays Jan Kubis, one of two real-life Czechoslovak resistance fighters who assassinated leading Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Holocaust, during World War II. The role of the other assassin involved in the killing, code-named Operation Anthropoid, is to be played by Cillian Murphy.

“These were just normal guys who were fighting for something they fiercely believed in,” Dornan said at a press conference. “A lot of that work, thankfully, is done for me on the page (of the script by Ellis and Anthony Frewin). All the human flaws and all the things that make him a tangible person, the everyman you can relate to are on the page, which is great. They’re heroes in the sense of what they did, but very much on the page you see that they are flawed, and have very human aspects to them that would hinder trying to carry out an exercise like this.”

Dornan contrasted the way he prepared for the role with his approach to the part of serial killer Paul Spector, who he plays in crime series “The Fall.” “There are things about Jan that will make sense to me more personally rather than having to really dig too far. He’s a man with a mission to carry out, and it’s a mission for the right reasons. It’s not someone like Spector who is murdering people just for no good reason… This is murder in a sense, but it’s for a greater good,” he said.

Dornan said that he could relate to Jan’s character, which gave him the motivation to take the role. “You always need a drive in everything you do and a reason to tell the story. As an actor, you’ve got to have something that drives you every day on the set,” he said. “Could there be any stronger drive needed than the opportunity to assassinate someone so horrific? There’s nobody in the world now who can’t see that Heydrich was evil… So to have that, to bring that to work every day, I’m so excited about the idea of having that as my drive.”

The assassination of Heydrich led to brutal reprisals in Czechoslovakia, but Dornan said that in his eyes it was the right thing to do. “Ultimately, I think it sent a very strong message to show that the Czech people were up for a fight and weren’t willing to be treated in that way. For me, I see it as a very heroic act. I think if I was in that position myself, I probably would have done the same thing. I have a strong understanding of why people see it the other way, based on events afterwards, but for me personally, I think they ultimately had to do what they had to do,” he said.

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