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Karlovy Vary Film Fest To Fete Oliver Stone

Polish director Agnieszka Holland to head main jury

LONDON — The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival is set to fete helmer-scribe Oliver Stone, who will receive the Crystal Globe for his contribution to world cinema. The event, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s most prestigious film fest, also revealed Tuesday that Polish director Agnieszka Holland will be head of its main jury.

Stone will attend Karlovy Vary, which runs June 28-July 6, to accept the award. The fest will screen Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” for which Stone penned the screenplay, and a new director’s cut of Stone’s “Alexander.” Stone will also present two episodes from his docu series for Showtime “The Untold History of the United States,” which he co-wrote with Peter Kuznick.

Jiri Bartoska, the fest prexy, said: “Oliver Stone is a filmmaker who defies traditional assessment. He writes, directs and produces films that engage the entire filmmaking spectrum — from traditional stories to highly provocative movies, which often examine pressing social and political issues within his own country and beyond.”

The fest will also give a Crystal Globe to costume and set designer Theodor Pistek for his artistic contribution to world cinema. Pistek has worked on more than 100 movies. Pistek won an Academy Award for  Milos Forman’s “Amadeus,” and a French Cesar for the helmer’s “Valmont.”

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The Crystal Globes jury, over which Holland will preside, will decide on kudos for film, director, actress and actor, as well as a special jury prize. The full competition lineup will be announced June 4.

In a statement, Holland admitted that she had rarely accepted invitations to join fest juries because she found the concept of judging art “problematic.” But she explained that she considered Karlovy Vary to be an exception: “It is a different selection — more open and unexpected than other big festivals — chosen with a sensibility that is close to my heart.”

The fest will also screen Holland’s HBO drama series “Burning Bush,” which focuses on the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic that followed the Prague Spring in the late 1960s.

Karlovy Vary is the leading film industry confab for the region, with some 850 distributors, sales agents, producers and festival programmers attending. Among industry events at the fest will be the Works in Progress section, in which 18 or so feature films will be presented to industry attendees.

Among the sections at the fest is Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch, in which 10 European movies selected by Variety critics will screen.

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