Celebs & films Czech in to Karlovy Vary

Fest to fete Freeman for career achievement

PRAGUE — Morgan Freeman, receiving career achievement honors, Stephen Frears and John Hurt are among the guests expected at the 38th Karlovy Vary film fest, which opens complete-with-fireworks on July 4.

Fest prexy Jiri Bartoska and team are still rounding up guests, but confirms so far include French helmer Alain Corneau and star Sylvie Testud presenting French competition entry “Fear and Trembling” and fellow auteur Jean-Claude Brisseau presenting “Choses Secretes.” Also on hand are German thesps Hannelore Elsner in German Competition contender “Red and Blue” and Udo Kier presenting “Dogville”, Canadian actress Deborah Kara Unger unspoooing “Fear X” and American actor William Forsythe and director Scott Saunders screening “The Technical Writer.”

Special Events include a Frederico Fellini/Juraj Jakubisko focus, acknowledging the stylistic similarities and lifelong friendship between the two, with screenings of “La Dolce Vita,” Eckhart Schmidt’s world-debuting doc, “Fellini: Through the Eyes of the Others” and Jakubisko’s newly-restored “Pilgrims and Deserters”

The Forum of Independents section gives wide play to American independents, including returning director David Gordon Green’s “All the Real Girls,” Alan Jacobs’ “American Gun,” “Love Liza,” debut film by Todd Louiso and “Personal Velocity” by Rebecca Miller. The section once again turns the spotlight on new Argentinian cinema and shorts.

The Horizons section, which includes awarded films from other leading festivals, has added Cannes double-winner “Elephant” by Gus Van Sant. Festival will close on July 12 with a screening of Fred Schepisi’s “It Runs in the Family,” starring Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Cameron Douglas and Diana Douglas.

Jury for the fest is now complete. Quebec cinematheque founder Rock Demers chairs. Jury members are Indian director Buddhadev Dasgupta, Taormina fest director Felice Laudadio, U.S. producer Sunmin Park, Slovenian writer Branko Somen, Icelandic actor/director Baltasar Kormakur and Czech actress Ana Geislerova. Former Goteborg fest director Gunnar Bergdahl presides over the documentary jury.