Russell Crowe to get award – and sing – at Karlovy Vary opening

Russell Crowe

The organisers of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival have announced that Hollywood star Russell Crowe will attend the 57th edition. A previous star guest, Johnny Depp, is set to appear in this year’s trailer.   

Antipodean movie star Russell Crowe, who is 59, will receive Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic direction to world cinema at the opening of the festival’s 57th edition, the organisers announced on Friday.

In a treat for fans, the actor will also perform to thousands of people at the outdoor opening concert with his rock group Indoor Garden Party.

In addition Crowe will introduce one of his best-known films, Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), to audiences at the region’s biggest cinema event.

Crowe won an Oscar for Gladiator and also earned awards for his roles in The Insider and A Beautiful Mind. He has appeared in such titles as Romper Stomper, L.A. Confidential and American Gangster.

Other major guests for this year’s edition should be announced at the end of May.

Johnny Depp | Photo: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary

In the meantime it has also been revealed that Johnny Depp, who wowed the crowds at the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF, will appear in the festival’s trailer this year.

The Hollywood megastar will follow in the footsteps of such names as John Malkovich, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel and Miloš Forman, who have appeared in short black and white trailers after receiving awards at the festival.

This year’s edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF runs in the West Bohemian spa town from June 30 to July 8.

Photo: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary