Mel Gibson to Get Lifetime Honor at Karlovy Vary Festival

Mel Gibson
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The 49th edition of the central European fest will also screen Andrei Zvyagintsev's Cannes entry "Leviathan," with Laura Dern attending a special screening of David Lynch's "Wild at Heart."

MOSCOW – Mel Gibson will get a lifetime achievement honor at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

He will receive the Crystal Globe for lifetime achievement when the 49th edition of the central European film festival in the Czech Republic opens next week, organizers said on Tuesday.

The festival's highest award goes to the actor, director and producer who made his name internationally known playing the title role in George Miller's 1979 futuristic action movie Mad Max. The festival will present a screening of his latest film as a director, mystical drama Apocalypto. The 2006 film, which Gibson produced, directed and co-wrote, received three Oscar nominations. It tells the story of the downfall of the ancient Mayan empire in the original indigenous language.

Gibson, who was born in the U.S., but grew up in Australia after his family moved there when he was 12, becomes the latest recipient of the Crystal Globe that has in recent years gone to such stars as Helen Mirren, Jude Law and John Malkovich.

As part of festival tradition, recipients usually make a short humorous film featuring the distinctive crystal award—a sphere held aloft by a slender naked female figure—that is also screened as a trailer in subsequent years.

Other guests announced on Tuesday in Prague by festival organizers for this year's Karlovy Vary festival include French actress Fanny Ardant, who will present her third film as a writer and director, Cadences obstinees (Obsessive Rhythms), and Hollywood actress Laura Dern for a special screening of David Lynch's cult film Wild at Heart, in which she co-starred with Nicolas Cage. The film won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1990.

Among directors presenting their films across the festival's range of sections, Debra Granik will screen her four-time Academy Award nominee Winter's Bone, Korean director Bong Joon-ho will bring his comic book adaptation Snowpiercer and Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev will show Leviathan, which picked up a best script award this year in Cannes.

The film, about a man whose life is destroyed by a corrupt politician who wants his waterside property, has been the subject of controversy in Russia, where it has been denied a distribution license because it contains swearing forbidden under a new law due to be introduced in Russia next week.

The 49th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival runs July 4-12.