Karlovy Vary Honors Viggo Mortensen, Clive Owen, Daniel Brühl

Actor-director Viggo Mortensen, actor Clive Owen and actor-director Daniel Brühl will be honored at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s leading movie event, which will open with Mortensen’s “The Dead Don’t Hurt.”

The festival also revealed Wednesday that director-producer Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter-director Nicole Holofcener will attend the event.

Mortensen, Owen and Brühl will each receive the Festival President’s Award.

The festival will screen Mike Nichols’ 2004 drama “Closer,” for which Owen was Oscar nominated, to mark his award.

Brühl will present his directorial debut “Next Door,” which premiered at the 2021 Berlinale, at Karlovy Vary to coincide with his award.

Soderbergh will present two of his films, “Kafka” (1991) and “Mr. Kneff” (2021), which are being shown as part of the festival’s retrospective for films inspired by the works of Kafka, titled “The Wish to Be a Red Indian: Kafka and Cinema.”

Karlovy Vary will be paying tribute to the career of Holofcener, with three of her films screening: “Please Give” (2010), “Enough Said” (2013), and “You Hurt My Feelings” (2023).

Other attendees include filmmakers Michel Franco, Juho Kuosmanen, Sergei Loznitsa, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Daniele Luchetti and Ti West, who will present their latest films to Karlovy Vary audiences. Their films are Franco’s “Memory,” Kuosmanen’s “Silent Trilogy,” Loznitsa’s “The Invasion,” Rúnarsson’s “When the Light Breaks,” Luchetti’s “Trust” and West’s “MaXXXine.”

Franco will serve as the mentor for the 10 up-and-coming European filmmakers taking part in the Future Frames program, which is organized by European Film Promotion and the festival. Franco will hold an exclusive master-class for the 10 filmmakers on July 2. This is part of a more extensive program backed by lottery operator Allwyn and in collaboration with talent agency UTA and Range Media Partners. The latter two firms will subsequently select one director for a scholarship and study trip to Los Angeles.

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