Stars coming to Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Actors Willem Dafoe and Michael Shannon plus writer-director Charlie Kaufman are highlights

The 51st Karlovy Vary Film festival starts July 1 and runs until July 9 at the spa town of Karlovy Vary.

The festival kicks off with the world premiere of the World War II drama Anthropoid and will close with the new Woody Allen film Café Society.

The festival will also see several stars coming to introduce films, including Willem Dafoe, Michael Shannon, Jean Reno, Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Sergi López and Ulrich Tukur.

In addition to actors, screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman will present his work and receive an award.

Willem Dafoe will receive a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. He will introduce his 2014 film Pasolini and one of his classic films, Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.

He has performed in over 100 films and says he selects projects based on the diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong directors. During his career he was worked with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, William Friedkin, Werner Herzog, Oliver Stone, Giada Colagrande and Lars von Trier.

In Pasolini, directed by Abel Ferrara, he plays the controversial Italian director as he works on a film that will never be completed.

American actor Michael Shannon will join director Joshua Marston and producer Jay Van Hoy to present the new drama Complete Unknown (2016).

Michael Shannon made his screen debut comedy Groundhog Day. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Sam Mendes’s 2008 film Revolutionary Road. He won various awards his acting in for Jeff Nichols’s thriller Take Shelter (2001) and Ramin Bahrani’s 2014 drama 99 Homes.

Complete Unknown is a mystery thriller about a man who is about to move to another state with his wife, but before he does he meets a woman from his past who changes her identity often.

French actor Jean Reno will also be a guest at this year’s 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where he will receive the Festival President’s Award . Luc Besson’s film Léon, known in the US as The Professional will be screened to his honor.

Aside from working on French films, Reno has has some success in Hollywood with Mission: Impossible, Ronin, Godzilla and The Da Vinci Code.

Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez will be presenting Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's new film Julieta, which is based on three stories from the book Runaway by Alice Munro. Emma Suárez plays the title character as a widow, and Adriana Ugarte plays her as a younger woman.

Emma Suárez and Sergi López will introduce the film The Next Skin, a psychological thriller about a young woman who vanished and was presumed to be dead, but comes back after eight years. Doubts begin to arise about her.

German actor Ulrich Tukur will present Sven Taddicken’s Original Bliss, which is being shown in competition.

The President’s Award at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be presented to screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman.

Kaufman rose to fame in 1999 with his screenplay for Being John Malkovich. He also had success with the screenplay to George Clooney’s 2002 directorial debut Confession of a Dangerous Mind and Spike Jonze's Adaptation. His subsequent film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), directed by Michel Gondry, won an Oscar and a BAFTA Award and altogether earned more than 60 awards.

Kaufman had his directorial debut in 2008 with Synecdoche, New York, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The latest addition to his filmography is Oscar nominated Anomalisa, which will be screened at this year’s festival.

The closing ceremony will include a screening of the new Woody Allen’s film Café Society.

It is set in 1930s Hollywood and New York, which he presents in all their intrinsic beauty and baseness.

It is described as an affectionately nostalgic story of thwarted love with all his trademarks: wonderful music, polished one-liners, and debacles from which there is no escape – all set against the romantic machinations of muddled protagonists forced to pay for destiny’s malicious tricks.

For more information visit the festivals official webpage

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