Organizers had assembled a variety of titles hailing from Sundance, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian, in addition to some with the Cannes 2020 label. Movies were set to include Apples, Nomadland, The Nest, Wendy, First Cow, Quo Vadis, Aida? and Notturno.
KVIFF’s president Jiří Bartoška said today: “When we announced the special Karlovy Vary IFF 54½, we were met with much enthusiastic feedback. People were looking forward to visiting Karlovy Vary to see new films at an unusual time of year. We are sorry that we will not be able to hold this event either, but in this era, people’s health absolutely takes priority, and I am sure that everyone sees it the same way. We would like to thank the Czech Ministry of Culture, the City of Karlovy Vary, the Karlovy Vary Region, and our partners for supporting all festival activities that were held over the course of 2020. We believe that thanks to this support we will be able to organize our regularly scheduled 55th Karlovy Vary IFF on 2–10 July 2021 to the extent and at the level of quality that our guests, partners, and audiences are accustomed to.”
Karlovy Vary had to cancel its July in-person event due to the pandemic. Like much of Europe, Czech Republic has experienced a second wave of the virus in recent weeks.