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Karlovy Vary to fete Susan Sarandon

Guests include Todd Solondz, Istvan Szabo

PRAGUE — The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Festival will honor Susan Sarandon with its top kudo for artistic achievement.

Sarandon will present slacker comedy “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” at the fest, which runs in the west Bohemian spa town June 29 to July 7, and will open with Belfast punk scene pic “Good Vibrations” by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn.

Main competish jury will be headed by Richard Pena, topper of Film Society of Lincoln Center and New York Film Festival. East of the West section, focused on films of the former East bloc, will be adjudicated by a jury under Macedonian helmer Vladimir Blazevski, whose “Punk’s Not Dead” won the sidebar last year.

U.S. producer Ron Yerxa will head the docu competish.

Guests will include helmers Todd Solondz, who will screen “Dark Horse”; Istvan Szabo, with Helen Mirren-starrer “The Door”; helmer-scribe Ira Sachs, presenting “Keep the Lights On”; and Iranian-American helmer-scribe Amir Naderi, screening “Cut,” which follows an indie filmmaker in hock to the Japanese mob.

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