Prague - Oscar-winning actor, director and producer Mel Gibson, 58, will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the opening of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on July 4, its president Jiri Bartoska told reporters today.
Gibson, born in Australia and living in the United States, won two Oscar Academy Awards for Braveheart (1995), directed and produced by and starring him, a Golden Globe and about 30 other film awards.
As a film director, Gibson will present his latest film, the mystic drama Apocalypto, at the opening ceremony.
The festival will also welcome French actress and director Fanny Ardant, 65, and Hollywood actress Laura Dern, 47.
Ardant will introduce the third film she has directed, Cadences obstinees (Obsessive Rhythms).
On the occasion of Dern´s visit, the festival will screen her cult film Wild at Hearth by David Lynch, in which she played the lead role with Nicolas Cage. The film won the Golden Palm at the Cannes festival in 1990.
Italian actor Franco Nero, 72, will arrive in Karlovy Vary again. He visited the festival in 1982 and 2000.
The organisers announced earlier that U.S. film director William Friedkin, 74, would also receive the Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. He will present the restored version of his film Wages of Fear (1977).
Czech actor and scriptwriter Zdenek Sverak, 76, who wrote the script for and played in the Czech Oscar-winning film Kolya directed by his son, will receive the festival´s president award.
Twelve films have been selected for the Karlovy Vary festival's main competition, seven of which will have a world premiere and five an international premiere in Karlovy Vary, west Bohemia. The main competition will for the first time offer an animated film.
The closing award-giving ceremony to be held on July 12 will be for the first time broadcast live in selected cinemas in the Czech Republic.