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Jean Reno Set to Receive Top Honor at Karlovy Vary

The Karlovy Vary fest will honor veteran French action thesp Jean Reno with its President’s Award in the Czech Republic on July 4, the org has announced.

Luc Besson’s “Leon” will be screened in tribute to the actor, whose credits also include “Ronin,” “Mission Impossible” and “The Da Vinci Code.”

Fest will also host the European preem of Michael Shannon starrer “Complete Unknown,” directed by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”) and produced by Jay Van Hoy. The trio will all be in attendance at the fest while Van Hoy will serve on the Karlovy Vary main jury.

Pic also toplines Rachel Weisz, Kathy Baker and Danny Glover and was scripted by Marston with Julian Sheppard. Story sees Tom (Shannon) startled to recognize a woman from his past (Weisz) appear at a dinner party he is hosting with his wife. She initially denies knowing him but soon proves to be a major complication in the couple’s life.

Amazon Studios snapped up U.S. rights to the pic at Sundance in January. Amazon topper Ted Hope is also set to attend Karlovy Vary, which unspools on July 1.

Fest also announced its closing film, Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” which will wrap the nine-day event, held in West Bohemia, on July 9.

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