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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Give Awards to Jeremy Renner, Uma Thurman

Acting prizes added to the lineup at Czech Republic festival, which opens on June 30 with screening of ”The Big Sick“


Uma Thurman and Jeremy Renner will receive special awards at the 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, KVIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

Both actors will be given Presidents Awards at the festival, one of the oldest and most important showcases for film in Central and Eastern Europe. KVIFF has been taking place since 1946 at a spa town outside of Prague in the Czech Republic.

Thurman, who recently served as president of the Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes, will be given her award by festival president Jiří Bartoška during the festival’s opening ceremony on June 30. The Oscar nominee for “Pulp Fiction” and Golden Globe winner for “Hysterical Blindness” is currently working on the comedy “The War With Grandpa” with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Renner will receive his award at the festival’s closing-night gala on July 8. Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 film “Arrival,” in which Renner co-stars with Amy Adams, will screen as part of that celebration. The two-time Oscar nominee will also introduce the upcoming Taylor Sheridan drama “Wind River,” for which he won raves at Sundance and Cannes, at Karlovy Vary.

Previously announced awards will go to film composer James Newton Howard and to director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty, all of whom will receive Karlovy Vary’s signature Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. Czech director Václav Vorlíček will receive the President’s Award for Artistic Contribution to Czech Cinema.

The 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open with “The Big Sick,” the acclaimed romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, from a deeply personal script by Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon.

Guests at the festival will include actress/director/producer Trudie Styler, who will present her directorial feature debut, “Freak Show”; Canadian director Denis Côté, who will serve as a mentor in the festival’s Future Frames section; Byelorussian director Sergei Loznitsa, who will present his film “Austerlitz”; and Belfast-born director Mark Cousins, who will come to the festival with “Stockholm, My Love.”

Films screening in Karlovy Vary will include new works from George Ovashvili, Rachel Israel, Lionel Rupp, Rainer Sernet, Jun Geng and the late Krzysztof Krauze. Special sections will salute the work of Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi and Czech cinematographer Jiří Brdečka.