Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Geoffrey Rush, Benicio Del Toro

Both actors will receive their awards on the July 9 closing night of the festival in the Czech Republic

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Geoffrey Rush and Benicio Del Toro will receive special awards at the 2022 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, KVIFF organizers announced on Tuesday. The two actors will both receive their awards during the closing ceremony on July 9 in the festival’s namesake spa town outside Prague in the Czech Republic.

Rush will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, an award that in the past has gone to Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Jude Law and Judi Dench. Three of Rush’s films – “The King’s Speech,” “Quills” and “Shine,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor – will be screened at the festival.

Del Toro will receive the President’s Award for making “a fundamental contribution to the development of film and cinema.” “The Usual Suspects” and his Oscar-winning turn in “Traffic” will be screened for the occasion. Ethan Hawke received the President’s Award last year.

Last week, the festival announced its official competition titles, with 24 films from 27 different countries screening in three separate sections.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival began in 1946 and is the foremost film festival in Central and Eastern Europe. This year’s festival, which runs from July 1-9, is the 56th KVIFF and will present more than 160 feature films across 13 sections.

Here is the list of competition titles:

Crystal Globe Competition
America,” Ofir Raul Graizer (Israel, Germany, Czech Republic)
“Chemi otakhi” (“A Room Of My Own”), Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze (Georgia, Germany)
“Edna provintsialna bolnitsa” (“A Provincial Hospital”), Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva (Bulgaria, Germany)
“F—ing Bornholm,” Anna Kazejak (Poland)
“Hranice lásky” (“Borders of Love”), Tomasz Wiński (Czech Republic, Poland)
“Isihia 6-9” (“Silence 6-9”), Christos Passalis (Greece)
“The Ordinaries,”  Sophie Linnenbaum (Germany)
“Slovo” (“The Word”), Beata Parkanová (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland)
“Tabestan Ba Omid” (“Summer with Hope”), Sadaf Foroughi (Canada)
“Tenéis que venir a verla” (“You Have to Come and See It”), Jonás Trueba (Spain)
“Tooi tokoro” (“A Far Shore”), Masaaki Kudo (Japan)
“Vesper,” Kristina Buožytė, Bruno Samper (Lithuania, France, Belgium)

Proxima Competition
“A pak přišla láska…” (“And Then There Was Love…”),  Šimon Holý (Czech Republic)
“Los Agitadores” (“Horseplay”), Marco Berger (Argentina)
“Au grand jour” (“In Broad Daylight”), Emmanuel Tardif (Canada)
“Balaye aseman zire ab” (“Like a Fish on the Moon”), Dornaz Hajiha (Iran)
“Głupcy” (“Fools”), Tomasz Wasilewski (Poland, Romania, Germany)
“Još jedno proleće” (“Another Spring”), Mladen Kovačević (Serbia, Qatar)
“La pietà” (“Piety”), Eduardo Casanova (Spain, Argentina)
“Ramona,” Andrea Bagney (Spain)
“Stric” (“The Uncle”), David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić (Croatia, Serbia)
“Tinnitus,”Gregorio Graziosi (Brazil)
“Zkouška umění” (“ART talent show”), Tomáš Bojar, Adéla Komrzý (Czech Republic)
“Zoo Lock Down,” Andreas Horvath (Austria)

Special Screenings
“BANGER.” Adam Sedlák (Czech Republic)
“June Zero,” Jake Paltrow (USA, Israel)
“The Killing of a Journalist,” Matt Sarnecki (Denmark, USA, Czech Republic)
“Mein Vater, der Fürst” (“My Father, The Prince”), Lukas Sturm, Lila Schwarzenberg (Austria, Czech Republic)
“PSH: Zpátky do dnů” (“PSH: Back to the Days”), Štěpán FOK Vodrážka (Czech Republic)
“Rubikon,” Magdalena Lauritsch (Austria)
“Velká premiéra” (“Big Opening”),  Miroslav Krobot (Czech Republic)
“You Won’t Be Alone,” Goran Stolevski (Australia, United Kingdom, Serbia)
“L’ îlot” (“Like an Island”), Tizian Büchi (Switzerland)