Karlovy Vary To Fete Geoffrey Rush, Benicio Del Toro

The 56th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), held July 1-9 in the scenic Czech Republic spa town of Karlovy Vary, will recognize Geoffrey Rush and Benicio Del Toro with career prizes.

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

Quills and Shine, Rush’s follow-up to The King’s Speech, for which he won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, will premiere as part of the festival’s tribute to the actor.

Del Toro will receive the KVIFF President’s Award, which honors actors, directors, and producers who have contributed significantly to the advancement of film and cinema.

Del Toro’s 1995 international breakout picture The Usual Suspects and Traffic, for which he won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2001, will also be screened as part of the tribute.

During the closing night ceremony, Rush and Del Toro will be presented with their trophies.

“We are honored and delighted that two wonderful performers that we have admired for many years have accepted our invitation to come to Karlovy Vary,” said Ji Bartoka, president of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

This year’s festival will feature 160 feature-length and short films divided into 13 sections, with 34 world premieres.

In other KVIFF news, all of the festival’s important juries have been revealed.

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

Filipino producer Bianca Balbuena, Icelandic documentarist Yrsa Roca Fannberg, Czech music journalist, filmmaker, and writer Pavel Klusák, US distributor Michael Rosenberg, and Ukrainian film director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy are among the jury members for the new Proxima competition, which replaces the former East of the West competition.


The Complete KVIFF Jury List:

Jury for the Crystal Globe

Jan-Ole Gerster Benjamin Domenech
Gutek, Roman
Molly Fiorella Moretti Fiorella Moretti Fiorella Moretti Fiorella Mor Malene Stensgaard is a Danish actress. Jury Proxima

Bianca Balbuena is a model and actress.
Fannberg, Yrsa Roca
Klusák, Pavel
Michael Rosenberg is a writer who lives in New York City
Slaboshpytskiy, Myroslav

Jury of the FIPRESCI

Gillon, Nada Azhari
Srensen, Britt
Kruk, Adam
Rasha Hosny Gulnara Abikeyeva
ermák, Marek

The Ecumenical Jury is made up of people from many walks of life.

Annette Gjerde Hansen is a Danish actress.
Veronika Liková is a Czech actress.
Péporté, Théo

Jury for the Europa Cinemas Label

Kis Rauff Edit Csenki Leena Närekangas

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