Festival will also host Lech Walesa for a director’s cut of Walesa: Man of Hope.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12) festival is to fete director William Friedkin, US production and management outfit Anonymous Content and Czech cinematographer Zdeněk Svěrák.
The festival in the Czech Republic will also host Nobel Prize winner and former Polish president Lech Walesa, who will attend the festival to introduce the director’s cut of Walesa: Man of Hope, Andrzej Wajda’s 2013 biopic of the iconic leader.
Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and more recently Killer Joe, will receive the festival’s the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema and present a restored version of his 1977 action-adventure Sorcerer.
Also attending the festival as part of a tribute to their work will be US production and management company Anonymous Content, whose founder Steve Golin and producer and manager Michael Sugar will present films they and their clients have worked on including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Winter’s Bone and TV series True Detective.
The LA powerhouse reps directors including Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors including Emma Stone, Idris Elba and Ryan Gosling.
Czech writer-director Zdeněk Svěrák will also be in the spotlight, receiving the Festival President’s Award, given to ‘the most outstanding figures of Czech cinematography’.
Svěrák’s acclaimed career as screenwriter includes Oscar-nominated titles My Sweet Little Village, The Elementary School and Kolya, which won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 1997.