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The Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be presented to leading film and theatre actor and two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe.

In 1979, Willem Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Loveless. From there, he has gone on to perform in over 100 films – in Hollywood (John Carter, Spider-Man, The English Patient, Finding Nemo, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Clear And Present Danger, White Sands, Mississippi Burning, Streets Of Fire, American Dreamz), independent U.S. cinema (Out of The Furnace, The Fault in Our Stars, Bad Country, John Wick,The Clearing, Animal Factory, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho), and abroad (Theo Angelopoulos’ The Dust Of Time, Yim Ho’s Pavilion Of Women, Yurek Bogayevicz’s Edges Of The Lord, Wim Wenders‚ Faraway, So Close, Nobuhiro Suwa’s segment of Paris Je t’aime, Brian Gilbert’s Tom & Viv, Christian Carion’s Farewell, The Spierig Brothers’ Daybreakers, Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man and the international box-office hit Mr. Bean’s Holiday).

He selects projects based on the diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong directors. He worked in the films of Wes Anderson (The Life AquaticThe Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, The Last Temptation Of Christ), Spike Lee (Inside Man), Julian Schnabel (Miral, Basquiat), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus, Affliction, Light Sleeper, The Walker, Adam Resurrected, Dog Eat Dog), David Cronenberg (Existenz), Abel Ferrara (Pasolini, 4:44: The Last Day On Earth, Go Go Tales, New Rose Hotel), David Lynch (Wild At Heart), William Friedkin (To Live And Die In LA), Werner Herzog (My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done), Oliver Stone (Born On The Fourth Of July, Platoon), Giada Colagrande (A Woman, Before It Had A Name), and Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Manderlay, and Nymphomaniac I & II).

He was twice nominated for an Academy Award (Platoon and Shadow Of The Vampire) and once for a Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Upcoming films include Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, Pixar’s Finding Dory, Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday?, Mark Williams’ The Headhunter’s Calling and Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog.

Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group’s work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he worked with Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant at The Public Theatre (NYC) and most recently two international productions with Robert Wilson: The Life & Death of Marina Abramovic and The Old Woman opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov.

In honour of Willem Dafoe, the Karlovy Vary film festival will show the film Pasolini by Abel Ferrara (July, 2nd 10.30 p.m. Thermal, Grand Hall) and Martin Scorese´s The Last Temptation of Christ (July, 3th 11 p.m. Outdoor Cinema). 



The President’s Award at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be presented to and personally received by screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Charlie Kaufman is considered one of today’s most interesting original filmmakers. After spending several years working on television series, Kaufman literally stunned audiences with his original screenplay for Being John Malkovich (1999), the directorial debut of Spike Jonze. The screenplay earned Kaufman nominations for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, plus a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

He later wrote Human Nature (2001), which was directed by another talented director, Michel Gondry. This was followed by the screenplay to George Clooney’s directorial debut Confession of a Dangerous Mind (2002). Also that year, he teamed up with Spike Jonze again for Adaptation. The film, a partially autobiographical look at a screenwriter suffering from writer’s block while trying to adapt Susan Orlean’s book The Orchid Thief, literally amazed audiences and critics and earned Kaufmann another Oscar and Golden Globe nomination, as well as another BAFTA Award. His subsequent film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), directed by Michel Gondry, was met by a literal tidal wave of enthusiasm. The screenplay, which like his first film explores the subject of controlling people’s thoughts, won an Oscar and a BAFTA Award. Altogether, the film earned more than 60 awards.

In 2008, Charlie Kaufman had his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York, for which he wrote the screenplay as well. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The latest addition to his highly diverse and original filmography is Oscar nominated  Anomalisa (2015), which will be screened in his honour at this year’s Karlovy Vary IFF.



The opening ceremony of the Karlovy Vary IFF will include the gala world premiere of Anthropoid attended by a large filmmakers delegation. The film will be presented by actors Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Aňa Geislerová, Alena Mihulová, Václav Neužil and Marcin Dorocinski and screenwriter and director Sean Ellis.

Sean Ellis

160710_KVIFF_ellisBritish director and screenwriter Sean Ellis made his name with Cashback (2004), a comedic short set during the night shift at a supermarket which each employee deals with in his own way. Two years later the Oscar-nominated short became the basis for a feature-length film of the same name. Ellis’ next film was the horror drama The Broken (2008), a few years after which he surprised his fans again with the sophisticated social drama Metro Manila (2013).

Jamie Dornan

160710_KVIFF_dornanNorthern Irish actor Jamie Dornan most recently starred as the lead, Christian Grey, in the much anticipated feature film Fifty Shades of Grey. Grossing over $550M worldwide, the film’s release marked the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated title internationally. In television, Dornan received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a chilling serial killer in Netflix/BBC’s The Fall, the third series of which will air in 2016. He has also starred in Channel 4’s New Worlds and ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Upcoming film releases include The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Jadotville, in addition to the next instalments of the Fifty Shades trilogy: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In the film Anthropoid, which deals with the dramatic events around the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Dornan played the role of one of the paratroopers, Jan Kubiš.

Toby Jones

160710_KVIFF_jonesIn Anthropoid, Jones played the role of Jan Zelenka-Hajský, the leader of a radical resistance group who worked with the parachutists and helped them find hiding places. Toby Jones began his film career in 1992 with a part in Sally Potter’s Orlando. Since then, he has become one of the most distinguished film, television and stage actors of his generation. For his portrayal of Truman Capote in Infamous (2006) he won a London Critics’ Circle Film Award – an achievement he repeated with his performance in director Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio (2012).

Jones was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2015 for his turn in the multi-award winning BBC TWO film for television Marvellous and nominated for a Golden Globe, an EMMY and a BAFTA when he starred as the lead and famous filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock’ in The Girl for HBO and the BBC in 2013.

Toby’s further film credits include Ron Howard’s period drama Frost/Nixon (2008), as well as box-office hits such as The Hunger Games series and the action sci-fi Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

For theatre, Toby was awarded the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for his performance in The Play What I Wrote, a musical farce written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Toby has also starred as Arthur at the Wyndham Theatre, London before the play opened on Broadway, New York where it was nominated for a Tony as Best Entertainment.



160710_KVIFF_juliettafilmIn this year’s non-competition section Horizons, the Karlovy Vary IFF will be screening the newest film by director Pedro Almodóvar, Julieta. The screening will be attended by the two actresses who play the film’s title role, Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez.

“Julieta marks my return to the female universe,” says director Pedro Almodóvar. “One of the risks I faced from the beginning was that of using two different actresses for Julieta. Adriana Ugarte from twenty five to forty, and Emma Suárez from forty onward. I’m not in favor of the same actress playing all the ages of the same character. I don’t trust the effects of make-up for aging, and it’s almost impossible for a young woman of twenty five to have the presence of someone of fifty. It isn’t a matter of wrinkles, it’s something more profound, the passing of time, on the outside and on the inside,” emphasizes Pedro Almodóvar and adds. “Now I’m happy about having taken that decision. And I think that Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez now form part of my particular Olympus where they rub shoulders with Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes and Cecilia Roth, my muses.”

Madrid native Adriana Ugarte comes from an artistic family and her grandfather was a close collaborator of famous director Luis Buñuel. She began her acting career in television series and small-scale movies, and by the time she was 23 she had been nominated for a Goya Award for best young actress. Soon thereafter, she gained a wider following through her role in the series La Señora. Working with Pedro Almodóvar is another important milestone in her career.

Emma Suárez has a long and varied career behind her that began when she was 15 years old. She has made dozens of movies and television series, and has worked with leading Spanish directors such as Julio Médem (Cows, The Red Squirrel, Earth) and Agustí Vila, who directed her in The Mosquito Net (La Mosquitera), which won the Crystal Globe for best film at the 2010 Karlovy Vary IFF.

At the 51st KVIFF, Emma Suárez will present not only Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, but also the competition film The Next Skin (La propera pell), directed by Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo.



160710_KVIFF_thenextskinmovieSpanish movie actor Sergi López will join actress Emma Suárez in Karlovy Vary for the screening of directors Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo’s The Next Skin (La propera pell), which is being shown in main competition at the 51st KVIFF.

Sergi López hails from Barcelona, but he began his acting career in Paris with the main role in French director Manuel Poirier’s La petite amie d’Antonio (1991). López and Poirier worked together on several occasions; their biggest international success was Western (1997), which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for several Césars. Sergi López’s next international success was with Frédéric Fonteyne’s love story An Affair of Love (Une liaison pornographique, 1999), for which both main actors – López and Nathalie Baye – took home best actor awards from the Venice International Film Festival. The following year, Sergi López shone in the title role of Dominik Moll’s Harry, He’s Here to Help (Harry, una mi qui vous veut du bien), for which he won a César and a European Film Award. The film was also nominated for a BAFTA. Soon after, he appeared in Stephen Frears’s critically acclaimed Dirty Pretty Things (2002). In 2006, he played the role of Captain Vidal in Guillermo del Toro’s mysterious drama Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno, 2006). Although he declared that it was the most hideous role of his life, the film won three Oscars in technical categories, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and several dozen other international awards. López continues to develop his multifaceted European cinematic acting career in films such as Leaving (Partir, 2009), The Monk (Le Moine, 2011) Tango libre (2012) and Tenderness (La tendresse, 2013) – these two were shown at the Karlovy Vary IFF – and the drama A Perfect Day (2015).



160710_KVIFF_originalblissmovieLeading German film and theatre actor Ulrich Tukur will appear at the 51st KVIFF to present Sven Taddicken’s Original Bliss (Gleißendes Glück , 2016), which is being shown in competition at the festival.

Tukur began his acting career at the theatre in Heidelberg, after which he spent several years with the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, where he worked with leading directors such as Peter Zadek. In 1986, „Theater heute“ magazine named him actor of the year.

He launched his film career in the 1980s with a role in Michael Verhoeven’s The White Rose (Die weiße Rose, 1982). Over the years, he has appeared in numerous television films and series, including the popular police drama Crime Scene (Tatort).

In 2006, he played one of the main roles in The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen), which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He also played one of the leads in Michael Haneke’s drama The White Ribbon ( Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte, 2009), which won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and received two Oscar nominations. Tukur could last be seen at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Bastian Günther’s Houston (2013).

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