Magazine article Screen International

Richard Gere to Receive Karlovy Vary Film Festival Honour

Magazine article Screen International

Richard Gere to Receive Karlovy Vary Film Festival Honour

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US actor Richard Gere is to receive the highest honour of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) during its 50th anniversary edition, which runs July 3-11.

Gere, star of American Gigalo, Pretty Woman and Chicago, will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the festival in the Czech spa town.

Previous winners include Helen Mirren, John Travolta and last year's recipient Mel Gibson.

This year's KVIFF will open with Time Out Of Mind, starring Gere who will present the film alongside director Oren Moverman and co-star Jena Malone. The psychological drama follows a man seeking a way to reach his estranged daughter.

The festival will also screen Gere's latest film, Andrew Renzi's drama Franny, the story of a philanthropist who gets involved in the lives of a young married couple in the attempt to compensate for traumas of the past.

Renzi will be in KVIFF to present the film, having been in competition at the festival last year with his documentary debut, Fishtail.

Closing film

KVIFF will close with romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People, presented by director Leslye Headland.

The film, about a good-natured womanizer (Jason Sudeikis) and a serial cheater (Alison Brie) who form a platonic relationship, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

HARVEY KEITEL, JAMIE DORNAN

Other guests to attend KVIFF will include US actor Harvey Keitel, who will present Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, in which he stars alongside Michael Caine.

It will mark a return trip to the festival for the Mean Streets and Pulp Fiction star, who received the award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema in 2004. He was also one of the first subject to agree to film one of the festival's now famous trailers.

50 Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan will attend KVIFF to discuss upcoming Second World War drama Anthropoid, which begins shooting in the Czech Republic next month.

Directed by Sean Ellis, who will also be in attendance, the co-production is led by US-based LD Entertainment and centres on the events around the assassination of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, one of the main architects of the Holocaust. Dornan will play the role of paratrooper Jan Kubiš.

DIRECTORS AT KVIFF

The European premiere of Prashant Nair's comedy-drama Umrika, which won the audience award at this year's Sundance, will be presented at KVIFF by the director and actors Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel). …

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