Jean Reno to Get Top Honor at Karlovy Vary

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The French actor is set to be recognized for his "contribution to world cinema."

Jean Reno is set to receive the President's Award for Contribution to World Cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is set to run Friday-July 9.

News of the award was announced Wednesday in Prague, where organizers also revealed that Woody Allen's romantic comedy Cafe Society will be the festival's closing film.

The French-born actor of Spanish descent will receive his award in the Grand Hall of the Czech festival's Hotel Thermal ahead of a screening of Luc Besson's 1994 hit Leon (also known at The Professional), in which Reno played the title role.

His collaboration with Besson in films that also included The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) paved the way to a career in Hollywood, with star turns in blockbusters such as Mission: Impossible (1996), Godzilla (1998) and The Da Vinci Code (2006).

Reno's comic roles include French-language film The Visitors, The Pink Panther and Couples Retreat.

He currently is working on Terry George's The Promise, and he will next be seen on the big screen in Sean Penn's much criticized The Last Face

In other KVIFF news revealed Wednesday, Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Michael Shannon will join director Joshua Marston and producer Jay Van Hoy to present their new film Complete Unknown at the fest.

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