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Oliver Stone to Get Lifetime Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Polish director Agnieszka Holland will serve as the head of the Czech fest's main jury.

MOSCOW – Oscar-winning producer-writer-director Oliver Stone will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Polish director Agnieszka Holland, who studied at Prague’s FAMU film school during the late 1960s, will head the main jury.

Stone, whose career spans three decades and multiple genres, will be awarded a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the festival that runs in the Czech spa town June 28 to July 6.

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Stone will present special screenings of two episodes of The Untold History of the United States, a 10-hour documentary series co-written by Peter Kuznick, a professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University.

The series, which initially aired in the U.S. on Showtime, focuses on human events that at the time went underreported but crucially shaped America’s history in the 20th century.

Holland, whose three-part HBO series Burning Bush -- a drama about the circumstances surrounding the self-immolation of 20-year-old Czechoslovak student Jan Palach that Holland witnessed while a student at FAMU in January 1969 -- will be shown for the first time on the big screen at the festival.

Holland rarely agrees to join festival juries, but she said the festival’s “open and unexpected” program selections had prompted her to make an exception.

There also will be a Crystal Globe for veteran Czech costume and set designer Theodor Pistek, who worked extensively with Milos Forman and other Czech directors.

The festival, now in its 48th edition, has developed a reputation since its post-communist relaunch as a laid-back event with a great lineup and lots of star power.

Lauren Bacall, Morgan Freeman, Rod Steiger, Gus Van Sant, Robert De Niro, Keira Knightley, Susan Sarandon and a host of other Hollywood stars have graced the festival’s red carpet in the past decade or so.