×

Art Film Fest Honors Stephen Daldry, Karl Roden

Slovaks discovering Brit helmer; reclusive actor steps out for laurels

Stephen Daldry – Golden Camera Prize

The immersive worlds created by British helmer and producer Stephen Daldry are feted at Kosice this year, where he will receive the Golden Camera prize for work of outstanding quality and professionalism behind the camera. Since the trophy was launched in 2001, the roster of honorees has included such unconventional filmmakers as Ulrich Seidl, Andrzej Wajda, and Slovak auteur Juraj Jakubisko.

Daldry’s international reputation and work with top stars make him a major score for Art Film Fest, says artistic director Peter Nagel.

Daldry’s three Oscar nominations [“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader”] are “clear evidence of his exceptional talent,” Nagel adds. In a recent stage production, Daldry cast refugees from the French “Jungle” camp in Calais to play themselves. Nagel notes that exposing Slovak auds to the filmmaker’s work fits in with the educational mission of Art Film Fest.

“I think it will be very good showcase,” Nagel says. He adds that Daldry’s work is unknown to some residents of the small nation. But a growing number of Slovaks are now well-versed in Daldry’s dramatic productions, spanning five features plus TV work over a 16-year career.

Daldry inspires emerging filmmakers with his gift for drawing out moving performances, says Art Film’s Fest’s Peter Nagel, adding that his frequent focus on strong female characters is also of interest to Slovak audiences.

Above: Stephen Daldry


Karl Roden – Actor’s Mission

There’s no shortage of star wattage at fests in Central and Eastern Europe these days, with Hollywood A-listers flown in regularly to increasingly rustic locations. But Art Film Fest prefers to focus on actors’ actors, as it has since launching the Actor’s Mission honor in 1995.

This year’s honoree, Czech film and stage veteran Karel Roden, is a Czech Lion-winning performer at Prague’s National Theater who has also branched out in to international thrillers including Robert De Niro starrer “15 Minutes” in 2001. His recent role as the raging Czechoslovak avant-garde photographer Jan Saudek in “The Photograph” is particularly apt for the Kosice fest’s focus on “films concerning art and artists.”

Roden’s portrayal of the hard-living Bohemian lensman was a sensation among critics and audiences in the region, but only the most recent character role for an actor whose range spans Russian mafia figures to Grigori Rasputin in “Hellboy.” He’s played Viktor in midnight movie “Frankenstein’s Army” and the studied intellectual hero of the Czech adaptation of HBO series “In Therapy.”

Famously press-shy Roden usually refuses such fest honors, but after three years of wooing by Art Film, aided by Rudolf Biermann, producer of Roden’s upcoming historic thriller “Masaryk,” the deal was sealed.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Yoji Yamada-directed film is to open

    Tokyo Market: Shochiku Launches Horror, Comedy and Mystery Lineup

    Major Japanese studio, Shochiku has the honor of leading off next week’s Tokyo International Film Festival with its “Tora-san, Wish You Were Here.” The film is a revival of a beloved in-house drama franchise, directed by veteran Yoji Yamada, that is set as the event’s opening night gala presentation. Before that, the company has the [...]

  • The Truth

    Singapore Festival to Focus on Asian Excellence for 30th Edition

    For its 30th edition the Singapore International Film Festival has avoided programming novelty and instead focused on assembling excellence – mostly indie titles — from Asia and further afield. The festival, which previously announced local filmmaker Anthony Chen’s second feature “Wet Season” as its opening night gala presentation, announced the balance of its programming on [...]

  • Isabela Moner Dora the Explorer

    Film News Roundup: Isabela Merced Boards Jason Momoa's 'Sweet Girl' for Netflix

    In today’s film news roundup, Isabela Merced get cast opposite Jason Momoa, “Starbright” gets financing and AFM announces its speakers. CASTING Isabela Merced, formerly Isabela Moner, has come on board to portray the daughter of Jason Momoa in his upcoming revenge thriller “Sweet Girl” for Netflix. Momoa will play a devastated man who vows to [...]

  • Walt Disney HQ LA

    Disney Seeks to Throw Out Gender Pay Gap Lawsuit

    The Walt Disney Co. is seeking to throw out a lawsuit alleging that women employees are paid less than men, arguing that the suit is too sprawling and unwieldy to handle as a class action. Andrus Anderson LLP filed the suit in April, alleging that Disney’s hiring and pay practices have a discriminatory effect on [...]

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon to Campaign in Lead Actor Category for 'Ford v Ferrari'

    Christian Bale and Matt Damon will both campaign in the lead actor category for awards for their work in Fox’s upcoming “Ford v Ferrari,” Variety has learned. “Ford v Ferrari” follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Bale), who [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content