Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Patricia Clarkson and Casey Affleck will be the main guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs from June 28 to July 6 at the Western Bohemian spa city.
Julianne Moore will receive a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the festival’s opening ceremony.
She, along with actor Billy Crudup and writer-director Bart Freundlich, will also present their new drama After the Wedding. The film premiered at Sundance and is being shown out of competition.
It is a remake of a 2006 Danish film about the manager of a financially troubled orphanage who has to travel to personally accept a large financial contribution. But there is more to the meeting than the manager knows.
Moore and Freundlich, who have been married since 2003, will also present The Myth of Fingerprints, the first film they made together in 1997. The film, which takes its title from a Paul Simon song, looks at a dysfunctional family meeting for Thanksgiving.
Moore has won Best Actress Awards at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice, making her only one of two actresses to win at all three main European festivals. She also was won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, both for her film role in 2015’s Still Alice, and another Golden Globe for a TV movie performance in 2013’s Game Change.
Billy Crudup has appeared in such films as Almost Famous, Mission: Impossible III, Spotlight, Jackie, Justice League, and Alien: Covenant. He won a Tony in 2007 for his stage role in The Coast of Utopia.
Patricia Clarkson will get a Crystal Globe at the festival’s closing ceremony. During the festival, she will present the 2014 film Learning to Drive, about a New York book critic and her relationship with her Sikh driving instructor.
Clarkson recently won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in the miniseries Sharp Objects. She also won a BAFTA for 2017 black comedy The Party.
Casey Affleck, who won the Festival President’s Award in 2017, returns with his new film Light of My Life, which he wrote, produced, directed and appears in. The film is set in a dystopian world where a disease has wiped out most of the earth’s female population. A father and his pre-teen daughter try to hide out in the woods to avoid the chaos.
The festival’s closing film will be Late Night, starring Emma Thompson as a talk show host struggling to keep up her ratings. The host hires a new writer: a female fan who has previously worked as an efficiency expert to help turn the situation around.
Already announced films include a restored version of the 1969 Czech horror film The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol), a new drama by Martin Krejčí called The True Adventures of Wolfboy, the Czech-Slovak revenge drama Old-Timers (Staříci), the documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence, about the late lead singer of INXS, and a documentary about the famous Czech director called Forman vs. Forman.
There will also be a retrospective of Czech films made in the early 1990s, when there was a great sense of cinematic freedom, and a tribute to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.
For more about the festival visit the official KVIFF website.