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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Mel Gibson

The 49th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will honor Mel Gibson with its kudo for contribution to world cinema, and will host French helmer/thesp Fanny Ardant, screening her third film, “Obsessive Rhythms” (Cadences obstinees), organizers have announced.

Fest, running July 4-12 in the ornate western Czech spa town, will also see Laura Dern presenting the David Lynch Palme d’Or winner “Wild at Heart,” and its main prize jury will be headed by Spanish producer Luis Minarro, whose “The Mosquito Net” won the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe in 2010. Co-jurors will be Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay (“My Dog Killer”), cinematographer and helmer Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”), Icelandic rocker Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, and Czech helmer/producer Viktor Taus.

Fest’s East of the West jury, awarding film from the former East Bloc, will be headed by Turkish director and fest organizer Ahmet Boyacioglu, while Israeli producer and sales agent Philippa Kowarsky will chair the documentary jury.

Claire Crean, head of sales for The Works International, will lead the Independent Camera jury, which honors the best in indie film from emerging directors.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher will be screening Cannes Grand Prix winner “The Wonders” and Asia Argento will open her “Misunderstood,” while Russian drama “Leviathan” will screen with director Andrey Zvyagintsev present.

Korean arthouse helmer Bong Joon-ho will introduce the Prague-shot sci-fi actioner “Snowpiercer,” based on a cult graphic novel, while Pawel Pawlikowski will present the Polish drama “Ida” ahead of its Prague release.

Fest will also present a tribute to production shingle Anonymous Content with Debra Granik screening “Winter’s Bone,” and British filmmaker David Mackenzie will open his prison drama “Starred Up.”

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