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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins

Director Barry Levinson, Richard Linklater’s Austin Film Society will also nab prizes

Academy Award winner Tim Robbins will be honored by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s top annual film event.

The multi-hyphenate star will take the Crystal Globe Award for his “contributions to world cinema,” festival organizers announced on Tuesday.

Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2003 for “Mystic River,” among other trophies that year, opposite Sean Penn. The prolific performer’s greatest hits include “Bull Durham,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and Robert Altman’s “The Player.”

His directorial efforts include the Oscar-winning “Dead Man Walking,” “Cradle Will Rock” and “Bob Roberts.” Robbins is also a principal in the experimental theater group The Actor’s Gang, and a musician.

Robbins will claim the prize in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic at the festival which runs from June 29 – July 7. His band will also perform a gig for industry types and the spa town at large on July 4.

In addition to Robbins, the festival will honor veteran director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “Good Morning Vietnam”).

Another stateside honoree includes Richard Linklater’s Austin Film Society. KVIFF is devoting an entire screening section to the grassroots organization, which spotlights the artists and filmmakers from Texas. Highlights in the selection include Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Laura Dunn’s “The Unforeseen” and Linklater’s own “Slacker.”

Just under a dozen films will see their world premiere in the main competition, including: “To the Night,” a buzzy drama that stars Caleb Landry Jones as the sole survivor in a house fire deal with trauma as an adult, directed by Peter Burnner; “Brothers,” from Omur Atay that examines moral conflicts against family tradition; the female coming-of-age drama “The Fireflies Are Gone,” from Sebastien Pilote; Radu Jude’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians,” about an art installation recreating ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Romanian Army in 1941; and Ivan I. Tverdoskiy’s unexpected reunion drama “Jumpan.”

This year’s grand jury includes writer-director Mark Cousins (“The Eyes of Orson Welles”), actress Zrinka Cvitešić (“London Spy”), producer Marta Donzelli (the forthcoming “Nico, 1988”), director Zdeněk Holý (“Cobain”) and journalist and producer Zdeněk Holý.

Many holdovers from May’s Cannes Film Festival will have their anticipated second run in the official selection out of competition, including Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s “Everybody Knows” from Asghar Farhadi and especially the Palme d’Or winner “Burning” from Lee Chang-dong.

Check out the complete lineup, including the East of the West category known for launching global indies, here in the official KVIFF catalogue.

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