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Karlovy Vary Pays Tribute to William Friedkin, Anonymous Content

The Karlovy Vary Film Fest is to fete American filmmaker William Friedkin and pay tribute to U.S. development, production and management company Anonymous Content.

Friedkin will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, and present a restored version of one of the central films of his career, “Sorcerer,” at the festival. “Sorcerer” sparked controversy at the time, but is now hailed as a masterpiece.

Friedkin was a key figure in the New Hollywood era, helming such pics as “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist.” His controversial excursion into New York’s S&M subculture, “Cruising,” is considered one of the most original thrillers of the 1980s, while action drama “To Live and Die in L.A.” enjoyed critical acclaim.

Since its founding in 1999, Anonymous Content has focused on cultivating artistic freedom while maintaining commercial viability, said the fest. Its credits include not only hot pics like Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and Alejandro Inarritu’s “Babel,” but also television series, commercials and music videos.

Under the direction of its founder Steve Golin, the producer behind “Wild at Heart” and “Being John Malkovich,” and producer and manager Michael Sugar, the company represents directors such as Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors such as Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling.

Golin and Sugar will attend the fest, which will screen “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” as well as the television crime drama series “True Detective,” directed by Anonymous Content client Cary Fukunaga.

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