Although, sometimes, you find yourself in the midst of a petite drama. As my plane landed in Prague, an hour and a half away by car, the semi-finals of the soccer Euro Cup 2004 were just about to start in Portugal, pitching the Czech Republic against Greece. The odds were heavily in favor of the Czech team. ''If all goes well,'' the Festival driver said, ''we'll play the finals against the Portuguese on Sunday night.'' Which means the organizers of the 39th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will have to completely reshuffle their line up for their first weekend. Some things, you just don't fool around with, and no film can compete against soccer. Not in the ''nouvelle'' Europe.
Well, the Greeks won and part of our car trip was ominously silent. ''Well,'' our driver finally muttered as we reached Karlovy Vary, ''at least, we gave good game. They just gave better.''
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