The 57th Karlovy Vary Film Festival opened last night with a rousing musical performance from Russell Crowe, and the energy remained high in the city this evening with actor Ewan McGregor receiving the festival’s Honorary President’s Award.
McGregor accepted the honor during a packed ceremony in the Grand Hall of the festival, where he was joined by his daughter Clara McGregor, his mother and partner Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
“Thank you so much for coming here tonight. It means a lot to me,” he said while receiving the award. “I strongly believe in what we do as actors. I am very lucky to do what I love and I love what I do.
The crowd inside the room was lively. The Czech crowd warmly welcomes the stars to meet here in Karlovy Vary and McGregor plays in front of the crowd.
“I was about to say something in Czech and I was trying to rehearse. But someone called an ambulance because they thought I was having a medical emergency,” he joked.
During the presentation, the festival featured a short tribute video to McGregor showing a collection of his performances. trainspotting To Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which received the most enthusiasm from the audience. However, the actor told the crowd that the one project that stands out in his filmography is his most recent one.
“The highlight of what I’ve done today is starring alongside my daughter, Clara McGregor,” he said before welcoming her on stage to present his 2023 road movie. you sing louder, i sing louder, In the picture, the pair play a fictional father-daughter duo who embark on a journey filled with unexpected encounters, during which they find their way back to each other after a period of separation. Emma Westenberg directed the picture from a screenplay by Ruby Caster. McGregor served as executive producer on the picture.
Actor Alicia Vikander received this year’s first Honorary Presidential Award at last night’s opening ceremony. his latest photo flamboyant The festival was inaugurated after the presentation. The film is a fictionalized account of Catherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of the tyrannical English King Henry VIII. Vikander plays Parr in this piece alongside an unrecognizable Jude Law, who is aptly cast as King Henry. The pair made their film debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Karlovy Vary is also set to honor Robin Wright and veteran indie producer Christine Vachon with honorary bells during the festival. Vachon will also present her latest picture, the breakout Sundance hit past lifeDirected by Celine Song.
Patricia Clarkson heads the jury for this year’s Crystal Globe competition (sharp objects)Including producer Dora Bouchoucha, Sundance senior programmer John Nine, filmmaker Olmo Omarzu and Irish actor Barry Ward.
Competition is between the lineup Les Chambers Rouges (The Red Rooms)The latest picture of Canadian filmmaker Pascal Plante and hypnosisstarring Herbert Nordrum (the worst person in the world),
Karlovy Vary runs from June 30 to July 8.