Richard Gere to Get Karlovy Vary Festival Lifetime Honor

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Richard Gere in 'Time Out of Mind'

His 'Time Out of Mind' will open the event, with Harvey Keitel and Jamie Dornan also adding star power to the Czech festival.

Richard Gere will get a lifetime honor next month at the 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

He will receive the festival's Crystal Globe for "Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema."

The actor and human rights activist -- a personal friend of the Dalai Lama and prominent supporter of Tibetan independence - will present the festival's opening film, Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind, a psychological drama that sees Gere play a homeless man seeking to reach his estranged daughter, played by Jenna Malone, known for her role as Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games franchise.

The festival, hosted in a picturesque spa town two hours west of Prague, will also screen Andrew Renzi's drama Franny, in which Gere stars as a philanthropist whose troubled past pushes him to get involved in helping a young married couple, organizers announced Monday.

Gere, who first appeared in Richard Brooks' 1977 Looking for Mr Goodbar and, the following year, Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, made his name in Paul Schrader’s 1980 hit American Gigolo and in Taylor Hackford’s An Officer and a Gentleman, which brought him his first nomination for a Golden Globe.

He won over audiences worldwide with his portrayal of millionaire Lewis in Garry Marshall's 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, starring alongside Julia Roberts. His last Golden Globe nomination three years was for his role in Nicolas Jarecki's Arbitrage.

The actor is also known for taking a stand on a wide range of social issues, including human rights in Tibet and AIDS.

Harvey Keitel - who was last at the festival in 2004 and was one of the first Hollywood actors to agree to appear in the festival's now famous trailers, featuring Crystal Globe honorees - will accompany Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth, in which he plays the lead role alongside Michael Caine.

The festival, which runs July 3-July 11, will close with a hit from this year's Sundance program, Leslye Headland's Sleeping With Other Peoplewhich the festival calls "a romantic comedy [that] is a wink across a quarter of a century to Rob Reiner's cult film When Harry Met Sally."

Among other films and filmmakers attending the festival this year, Jamie Dornan and director Sean Ellis will present a new co-production about the assassination of top Nazi and SS general Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during the war. Anthropoid, which begins shooting in the Czech Republic in July, is being produced by U.S.-based LD Entertainment. Dornan plays a British-trained Czech agent parachuted into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia as part of a team sent to kill the deputy to Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler.

Director Ryan Fleck brings his poker road movie Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, co-directed with Anna Boden, and king of gore George A. Romero will present  a restored version of 1951 Tales of Hoffman by writer-director duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.