Film vets get Crystal clear at Karlovy

Awards to be presented July 1

PRAGUE — Robert Redford, Liv Ullmann and vet Czech helmer Jiri Krejcik will be present to receive Crystal Globes for artistic achievement at the 40th Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s opening gala July 1, the organizers announced Tuesday.

“Sideways” helmer Alexander Payne will present his early work for the Forum of Independents section, which awards an Independent Camera prize to American indies.

British multihyphenate Michael Radford will chair the main prize jury, which includes Czech actress Zuzana Stivinova; Spanish helmer Fernando Mendez-Leite Serrano; and Canadian helmer Ruba Nadda, whose “Sabah” will unspool for the Focus on Canadian Film.

The fest has ramped up some sections for its 40th edition in the Czech Republic’s west bohemian spa town.

Fest’s East of the West sidebar, showcasing the work of the former East bloc, becomes an official competition category.

Two contenders for the prize, which must premiere at the A-category fest, are Poland’s “My Nikifor,” a gender-bending tale of a painter, and Hungarian-Polish-Slovak co-production “The Unburied Man,” about the abortive 1956 Budapest uprising. Czech helmer Martin Sulik’s “The City of the Sun,” a laffer about working-class pride in the face of job loss, is also in the running.

The East of the West prize will be decided by Russian journalist Andrei Plakhov, Slovak critic Viera Langerova and docu helmer Mira Erdevicki-Charap.

Israeli scribe and helmer David Fisher will chair the documentary jury.

Fest prexy Jiri Bartoska and team are still wooing other guests, but confirmations also include helmer Kihachiro Kawamoto, who will celebrate his 80th birthday by presenting a retrospective.

A Sam Peckinpah retrospective will feature a new print of 1965’s “Major Dundee,” featuring an extra 20 minutes of footage and new score.

A restored version of Sam Fuller’s “The Big Red One: The Reconstruction” will unspool to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day, which celebrated the end of the World War II in Europe.

The new Worried About Work sidebar (perhaps inspired by the Czech Republic’s first anniversary as a full European Union member) will screen Francesca Comencini’s corporate polemic “I Like to Work,” Eugenio Cappuccio’s parody of business ethics “I Truly Respect You” and Yasmine Kassari’s undocumented worker tale “The Sleeping Child.”

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