By Ryan Keating-Lambert
Oscar winning actor Tim Robbins, director Terry Gilliam, actress Anna Paquin and more film industry professionals will attend the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Actor, director, screenwriter and musician Tim Robbins will be awarded the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema. Robbins is most known for his Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for Mystic River and Best Director Oscar nomination for Dead Man Walking, not to mention his outstanding performance in the classic Stephen King adaptation The Shawshank Redemption, nominated for 7 Oscars. Also an accomplished auteur, Robbins will present screenings of his critically acclaimed films Bob Roberts and Cradle Will Rock, and show off his musical skills with a special concert performance by ‘Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band’.
Award winning director and Monty Python veteran Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys) will also be at the festival presenting his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a passion project that’s been in the making for the last decade. The film, which recently premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, sees an advertising executive confusing fantasy with reality when he revisits the village in which he shot an adaptation of the famous Cervantes novel years earlier. The film stars Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård and Joana Ribeiro who will also attend.
Kiwi director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) and producer Carthew Neal, who are both currently in the Czech Republic shooting World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, will attend the festival opening ceremony.
Actor Robert Pattinson will attend the closing ceremony where he will receive the prestigious President’s Award, which is presented to outstanding personalities in world cinema. Pattinson’s new film Damsels will also be screening at the festival.
True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer will also attend to present Moyer’s new film The Parting Glass, along with co-star Dennis O’Hare and producer Cerise Hallam Larkin. Actor Caleb Landry-Jones (Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) will attend to present the world premiere of in-competition film To the Night, and Rory Cochrane, who you will recognise from award-winning films like Ben Affleck’s Argo, Richard Linklater classic Dazed and Confused and cult classic Empire Records (a personal favourite of mine), will present new film Hostiles.
For full list of guests, festival passes and more, visit the KVIFF website.