Jude Law will receive the Festival President’s Award at the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs July 2–11.

The London-born actor began his career at age 13 he with the National Youth Music Theatre. After appearing in a series of small films, he broke through in 1997 with roles in Brian Gilbert’s Wilde, Clint Eastwood’s Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, and Andre Niccol’s Gattaca.

In connection with the award, Karlovy Vary will screen Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr.Ripley, for which the actor received a BAFTA and his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his supporting role.

The Festival President’s Award is given to actors, directors, and producers who have contributed in a fundamental way to the development of film, not merely in their own countries but around the world. Festival president Jiří Bartoška introduced the award in 2008, when he presented it to Christopher Lee. Antonio Banderas received the honor last year.