The film day has now finished, so, what is on the agenda for the evening? Well there's only one thing; where to go to party?
Every summer, the International Film Festival comes to Karlovy Vary, and thousands thong every venue to watch the best in film craft. Afterwards, the party really begins. Every night in the Thermal Hotel, in the basement downstairs, is the bar Peklo (Hell), which will be very packed each night with people who don't want to go to bed just yet.
It's a good meeting place for new friends you have met to talk about what films you've seen that day, and any deal you've been working on to get that damned script green lighted, and of course, getting that project in development; i.e. over-hearing some conversations you wouldn't believe the bullsh*t that you'll hear. Movie people. Well, ya gotta love 'em, because nobody else does!
The Thermal pool at times has some interesting parties that get going around sun rise, bathing suit not required.
Also, every night a party will be held, which is typically invite only. Invitations can be had as long as you have invites to another party. Its all a catch 22, but very easy to figure out once you make it down to KV.
One person tells another about a party, and before you know it, Christopher Walken says "...you need more ice or what?"
Another club in town is Propaganda, now called Rotes Berlin, which will have many of the DJs you all know and love playing a variety of noise, and some of them are even beautiful, like DJ IM Cyber, who's not so bad on the decks.
A complete list of the events at Propaganda can be found on the website, and invitations not required at Propaganda, brain cells are however, so bring those if possible. If you haven't been to Karlovy Vary yet, this is a great way to see the town.
For getting tickets, the Thermal Hotel will have all the updated information. Tickets will be available on first come, first served basis, i.e.; get up early accreditation is still possible from as late as early June, and info is hidden in the Thermal Hotel in the SmartMaze™.
Non accreditation tickets are as low as 250 CZK, or 200 CZK for students. You may also get info from the web page www.kviff.com, which will by the time of the festival tell you of any changes that may occur.
One thing I learnt from the Rotterdam festival is don't over do it - seeing 3 films in one day is on the edge - see 4 or more and your eyeballs will pop out of your head! I found 2 for me to be enough.
I met a guy who saw 7; he couldn't speak for 2 days - no sh*t - also make sure when seeing a film that's not in your language, make sure there are subtitles, headphones are usually available, but not always. In joy.
PS: Don't drink the water, see ya at the pool!