Karlovy Vary Fest to Honor John Travolta With Lifetime Achievement Award
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, central Europe’s leading movie showcase, upped its star power Tuesday when it announced that John Travolta will attend the festival for a gala screening of Mark Steven Johnson’s Killing Season.
The two-time Oscar nominee famed for his performances in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 and a raft of other international box office hits, will also receive the festival’s prestigious Crystal Globe lifetime achievement award.
The festival, held in a famous Bohemian spa town a two-hour drive from the Czech capital, Prague, has forged a reputation in the last 15 years for attracting top Hollywood talent to its red carpet events.
Considered one of Europe’s most relaxed fests where stars and political luminaries -- such as the late Czech president Vaclav Havel who was a frequent visitor before his death in 2011 -- mingle with guests, the fest has gained a reputation for spotting emerging new talents from Eastern Europe and Asia as well as for screening intelligent and popular retrospectives of classic Hollywood fare.
Past Crystal Globe winners include Robert De Niro, whom Travolta stars alongside in Killing Season, actress, Dame Judi Dench, director John Boorman, and actress Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Michael Douglas and Czech-born director Milos Forman, among others.
Jiri Bartoska, the Czech actor who is the festival’s president, said: “John Travolta is an artist of incredible versatile talent. Aside from extraordinary popularity, he has gained particular recognition with the industry’s professional circles. His contribution to work cinema is unquestionable."
The fest also confirmed Tuesday that French star Audrey Tautou would attend to present her latest film, Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo. Other guests will also include Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga, British actor Julian Sands and Italian filmmakers Paulo Sorrentino and Valeria Golino.
Director Oliver Stone, will also be honored with a previously announced Crystal Globe for Lifetime Achievement this year.