The guests of this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be the winners of the Oscars and many other awards, US actor Johnny Depp and British actor Michael Caine. The festival’s president Jiří Bartoška announced this at a press conference on Tuesday.
Johnny Depp made his debut in front of the camera in 1984, when he played one of the victims in the now legendary horror film Nightmare on Elm Street. His most notable roles include those in films such as Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland.
“He has collaborated with such great directors as Jim Jarmuch, Tim Burton, or Terry Giliam,” said Jiří Bartoška, President of the Karlovy Vary film festival.
Depp has been nominated for an Oscar a total of three times but has not yet received the award, unlike another guest of the film festival, Michael Caine.
Caine won the prestigious film award for his roles in The Cider House Rules and Hannah and Her Sisters. He also received a knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. In Karlovy Vary, Caine will present the new comedy-drama Best Sellers. At the opening festival’s ceremony, he will also receive an award for his contribution to world cinema.
Earlier, organizers announced that US actor, director, and writer Ethan Hawke would be a guest of this year’s festival. Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and is known for starring in films such as Training Day, Before Dawn, or Dead Poets Society. In Karlovy Vary, he will receive the award of the festival’s president as well as present the thriller Despair and Hope, in which he played.
Traditionally, the Karlovy Vary festival takes place in July, but this time, the organizers postponed it due to the pandemic to the end of August. Last year, the festival did not take place for the same reason. The program of competitive and non-competitive sections of the film festival will offer over thirty premieres.
Title image: In this file photo dated Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, US actor and film producer Johnny Deep during the photocall for his film “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane Macgoman” at the 68th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain. Appeal judges said the Hollywood star cannot challenge the High Court’s rejection of his libel lawsuit against publisher of The Sun newspaper for labeling him a “wife beater” in an article. High Court Justice Andrew Nicol ruled in November that allegations against Depp, made in a April 2018 article, were “substantially true.” The judges said Thursday that the earlier court hearing was “full and fair” and the justice’s conclusions “have not been shown even arguably to be vitiated by any error of approach or mistake of law.” (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)