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Karlovy Vary to honour Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson


- The Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema will go to the director of Rain Man and Wag the Dog

Karlovy Vary to honour Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson
Director Barry Levinson

Besides Richard Linklater (see the news), the upcoming Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (29 June–7 July) will honour Academy Award winner and five-time Oscar nominee Barry Levinson, a screenwriter, producer and director. Like William Friedkin, Jerry Schatzberg, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, Levinson will be crowned with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, as his four-time Oscar-winning Rain Man, which also netted the Golden Bear and the David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Levinson will personally introduce Rain Man as well as Wag the Dog, which scooped the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale and is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and his latest oeuvre starring Al Pacino, the biopic Paterno, about college-football titan Joe Paterno’s fall from grace.

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The festival will feature the People Next Door section – a programme of films about people with disabilities – for the third time, focusing on protagonists with hearing impairments. Screenwriter-actress Rachel Shenton and director Chris Overton will present The Silent Child, which won this year’s Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. In it, Shenton plays a social worker who helps a four-year-old deaf girl to emerge from a world of silence via sign language. A personal introduction has also been planned for the music biopic Nico, 1988 [+see also:
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The 53rd edition of the KVIFF will screen a digitally restored copy of Jan Němec’s Diamonds of the Night, recently unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s retrospective will zoom in on poetic documentaries from the Baltic region, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (see the news), the East of the West competition will welcome films from the Middle Eastern territories for the first time (see the news), and Cineuropa will inaugurate its film criticism training programme for budding film journalists and critics, GoCritic! (see the news).

The 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will run from 29 June-7 July 2018.

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