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Bathory to premiere at Karlovy Vary festival

SLOVAK director Juraj Jakubisko's long-awaited movie Bathory is finally making it onto the silver screen. The film, which centres on the legendary Bloody Countess of Čachtice, will premiere at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, which is taking place between July 4 and 12, the film's producers informed The Slovak Spectator. Twelve copies of the film will start touring Slovak cinemas on July 10.

Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko has called Bathory his most complex film.(Source: ČTK)

SLOVAK director Juraj Jakubisko's long-awaited movie Bathory is finally making it onto the silver screen. The film, which centres on the legendary Bloody Countess of Čachtice, will premiere at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, which is taking place between July 4 and 12, the film's producers informed The Slovak Spectator. Twelve copies of the film will start touring Slovak cinemas on July 10.

The film's release was originally scheduled for autumn 2007, but was delayed due to technical difficulties that have now been resolved, the producers wrote in a press release.

"The sound is being completed in the Czech Republic and the United States," Markéta Zahradníková from the Jakubisko Film company wrote. "Work is being done at the same time on the Slovak version of the movie. We are also intensively working on trailers and promotional materials."

Jakubisko, who celebrated his 70th birthday on April 30, will attend the Karlovy Vary festival to receive the Special Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. Bathory will premiere that evening.

The film was made in English to widen its international distribution options. In the Czech version, Countess Bathory, performed by British actress Anna Friel, will be dubbed by Zuzana Stivínová. Soňa Norisová will provide the voice for the Slovak version.

In his latest film, Jakubisko looks behind the myths and suggests the "Bloody Countess" was actually a victim of a smear campaign rooted in political and ethnic strife.

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