Willem Dafoe, Charlie Kaufman to Get Karlovy Vary Festival Honors

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Willem Dafoe

The actor will get the Crystal Globe for Contribution to World Cinema, while the screenwriter, director and producer will get the president's award.

Actor Willem Dafoe and screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman will be honored at the 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic spa town on its opening night on July 1.

Dafoe will receive the fest's highest honor, the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema. Kaufman will get the president's award.

Both will be among guests at this year's festival that also will include actresses Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez, who will present Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's new film Julieta, in which they play the title role as younger and older versions of the same woman, the festival said Tuesday.

Dafoe becomes the latest in a long line of Hollywood and international stars to be honored with the Crystal Globe. Previous honorees include Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Helen Mirren and Milos Forman.

The stage and screen actor, who has appeared in more than 100 movies — including David Cronenberg's Existenz, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel — will be honored with special screenings of Abel Ferrara's Pasolini and Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ.

Dafoe, who has combined his Hollywood career with stage performances as part of New York experimental theater collective the Wooster Group, has been twice nominated for an Academy Award and once for a Golden Globe. His upcoming films include Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday?, Mark Williams’ The Headhunter’s Calling and Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog.

Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has made a career out of his involvement in original and unusual films, such as the directorial debut of Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich, and his own debut as a director, Synecdoche, New York. The latest addition to his diverse filmography is Oscar-nominated Anomalisa, which will be screened in Karlovy Vary in his honor.

The festival, which is set to run July 1-9 in the historic spa town west of Prague in the Czech Republic, will open with the international premiere of British director Sean Ellis' Anthropoid. Based on the true story of the wartime assassination in Prague of a top Nazi general, stars of the film, including Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, will be at the film's red-carpet screening.

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