Mel Gibson to Appear in Karlovy Vary Festival Trailer

Mel Gibson

Gibson made his directorial debut with 1993's The Man Without a Face, which he starred in alongside Nick Stahl and Margaret Whitton. The drama amassed a worldwide gross of $24.8 million worldwide and was generally well received by critics. Roger Ebert said, "The movie is Gibson's debut as a director, and shows him not only with a good visual sense, but with what is even rarer, the confidence to know what needs to be told and what can be left unsaid." Gibson found even greater success with his later directing projects: 1995's Braveheart, 2004's The Passion of the Christ, and 2006's Apocalypto.

The 50th anniversary edition of the central European festival's famous pre-screening shorts will feature the controversial star.

Mel Gibson, who was honored last year with a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, is to appear in the trailer for the upcoming 50th edition of the event.

Gibson, whose visit to the Czech event, one of Europes's top film showcases, was marred by protests over controversial anti-Semitic comments made when he was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of drink driving, will star in the short trailer to be shown before festival screenings.

The trailer, written and directed by Martin Krejci, is due to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. Krejci has cooperated with Ivan Zacharias on these short films since the trailers were first launched.

The stylish black and white shorts, part of a tradition for festival honorees going back to 2008, have previously featured stars including Helen Mirren, Jude Law, John Malkovich and Czech-born Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel and Vera Chytilova.



The summer festival, which announced the first details of its 2015 program in Prague on Tuesday morning, will screen the new trailer alongside earlier shorts, allowing audiences to watch old favorites.

Sidebars at this year's event include a focus on Lebanese cinema and a restrospective of the work of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Sheptiko, whose student film Heat won best debut at the 14th edition of the festival in 1963.

There will also be a tribute to the work of American actors John Cazale, who played Fredo Corleone in the first two parts of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, and Chris Penn, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, among other films.

The 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival runs July 3-11, 2015.