The 52nd edition of the big central European festival will open with ‘The Big Sick’ and close with ‘Arrival.’
Uma Thurman and Jeremy Renner will be honored at the 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary film festival this year.
They will get the Czech event’s President’s Award.
The festival will open June 30 with a gala screening of Michael Showalter’s unconventional romantic comedy The Big Sick and close with Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival, organizers also said Tuesday. In Arrival, Renner plays a physicist leading a team of American scientists tasked with finding a way to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors.
Thurman will receive the President’s Award at the opening gala of the festival.
The actress, who is now also working as a producer, won a Golden Globe for Hysterical Blindness and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. She gained worldwide fame as The Bride in Tarantino’s cult double-header Kill Bill: Vols 1 and 2.
Thurman, who was president of the jury for the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes this year, is currently working with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken on Tim Hill’s family comedy The War With Grandpa.
Renner, a two-time Oscar nominee, known for his roles in The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, Captain America and the Mission Impossible franchise, will be honored at the closing event on July 8. During the festival, he will also introduce his new film Wind River, a crime thriller directed by Taylor Sheridan that screened in the Un Certain Regard lineup at Cannes last month.
Other guests that will be in Karlovy Vary this year include actress, director and producer Trudie Styler. An active environmentalist who, along with her husband, British singer Sting, has raised around $40 million for The Rainforest Fund the couple founded in 1989, she will present her directorial debut feature Freak Show as part of festival sidebar Another View.
Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, who won an Un Certain Regard jury award at Cannes this year for her performance as a struggling single mother in Sergio Castellitto’s Fortunata, will be in Karlovy Vary for a screening of the film.
Directors, including Canada’s Denis Cote, who will act as a mentor in talent development campus Future Frames, and Ukraine’s Sergei Loznitsa and the U.K.’s Mark Cousins, will also be in town during the festival.
The 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF runs June 30-July 8.