Barry Levinson coming to Karlovy Vary festival

More guests have been announced for the 53rd edition of KVIFF

More guests have been announced for this year's Karlovy Vary International film Festival, to be held June 29 to July 7 in the West Bohemian spa town.

Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, screenwriter Rachel Shenton and director Chris Overton will join the previously announced director Richard Linklater and Czech actor Jaromír Hanzlík.

Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for Rain Man, will accept the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

At the 53rd KVIFF he will present his latest directorial effort, the HBO-produced drama Paterno, and he will introduce Rain Man and the satire Wag the Dog.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rain Man, awarded four Oscars including Best Director for Levinson, and numerous other honors, including the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and the David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film.

Levinson’s movie Wag the Dog, now 20 years old, is a behind-the-scenes political parody, also starring Dustin Hoffman. The film earned Barry Levinson a Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at Berlinale in 1998.

The new film Paterno stars Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and looks at his role in the university's child sex abuse scandal in 2011.

Levinson debuted as a director with the comedy-drama Diner (1982), receiving an Oscar nomination for the script. Czech musician Ivan Král co-wrote the film music.

The festival’s Horizons section will present the music biopic Nico, 1988, with a personal introduction from Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who plays the title character. Nico, 1988 charts the final chapters in the career of music icon Nico. Most often talked about as Warhol’s muse or in connection with the band the Velvet Underground, there was much more to her life and music.

Dyrholm started out as the singer for the popular Danish band The Moonlighters. She studied acting and is one of the busiest actors working in Denmark today. Her movie credits include Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen (1998), the comedy In China They Eat Dogs (1999), and the Oscar-nominated historical drama A Royal Affair (2012). In 2016 at the Berlinale she picked up a Silver Bear for best actress in Vinterberg’s The Commune (2016).

For the third time the festival will present the People Next Door program section. This year the section will focus on films with hearing-impaired protagonists. One film will be The Silent Child (2017), which took this year’s Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. This movie will be presented by actress and screenwriter Rachel Shenton and director Chris Overton.

The Silent Child tells the story of a profoundly deaf girl who, thanks to a social worker played by Rachel Shenton, learns sign language.

The Karlovy Vary International film Festival is one of just a few that allows film fans not directly involved in the industry to see films, though lines for tickets can be long. There are also usually some free public screenings outdoors.

The opening film will be the 1965 comedy Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky), shown in memory of late director Miloš Forman.

While this is 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the event was established in 1946 and ranks among the world's oldest. The discrepancy is because it alternated with the Moscow International Film Festival until after the Velvet Revolution.

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