Karlovy Vary To Fete Geoffrey Rush, Benicio Del Toro – Deadline

Geoffrey Rush and Benicio Del Toro will be honored with career awards at the 56th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), running July 1-9 against the backdrop of the picturesque Czech Republic spa town.

Australian actor Rush will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

The King’s Speech, for which Rush won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe, Quills and Shine will screen in the festival as part of the homage to the actor.

Del Toro will be honored with the KVIFF President’s Award, celebrating the actors, directors, and producers who have made a fundamental contribution to the development of film and cinema.

The homage will also include screenings of Del Toro’s 1995 international breakthrough film The Usual Suspects and Trafficfor which he won an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2001.

Rush and Del Toro will receive their awards during the closing night ceremony.

“We are honored and delighted that two extraordinary actors we have been deeply admiring for many years accepted our invitation to come to Karlovy Vary,” said KVIFF’s president Jiří Bartoška.

This year’s edition will showcase 160 feature-length and short films across 13 sections, with 34 films being presented in world premiere.

In other KVIFF news, the festival also unveiled the members of all its key juries.

The main jury for its Crystal Globe competition comprises Argentinian film producer Benjamin Domenech, German filmmaker Jan-Ole Gerster, Polish distributor and festival organiser Roman Gutek, international sales agent and producer Fiorella Moretti and Danish film editor and screenwriter Molly Malene Stensgaard.

The jury for its new Proxima competition, replacing the former East of the West contest, features Filipino producer Bianca Balbuena, Icelandic documentarist Yrsa Roca Fannaberg, Czech music journalist, filmmaker and writer Pavel Klusák, US distributor Michael Rosenberg and Ukrainian film director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

KVIFF Juries List In Full:

Crystal Globe Jury

  • Benjamin Domenech
  • Jan-Ole Gerster
  • Roman Gutek
  • Fiorella Moretti
  • Molly Malene Stensgaard

Proxima Jury

  • Bianca Balbuena
  • Yrsa Roca Fannberg
  • Pavel Klusák
  • Michael Rosenberg
  • Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

FIPRESCI Jury

  • Nada Azhari Gillon
  • Britt Sørensen
  • Adam Kruk
  • Gulnara Abikeyeva
  • Rasha Hosny
  • Marek Čermák

Ecumenical Jury

  • Annette Gjerde Hansen
  • Veronika Lišková
  • Theo Péporté

Europa Cinemas Label Jury

  • Edit Csenki
  • Leena Närekangas
  • Kis Rauff

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