The New Zealand born actor began as a film and television performer in Australia at the age of 6, honing his craft until transitioning to movies in his 20s with films such as “The Crossing” and “Romper Stomper.” In 1995, he made his American film debut in Sam Raimi’s “The Quick and the Dead.” While Crowe later garnered an Oscar nomination for his performance in “The Inside,” he would truly launch himself into movie stardom as general-turned-swordsman Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott’s historical epic “Gladiator.” The role would net the rugged actor with a cerebral pulse the Academy Award for Best Actor, setting off an incredible run that would include another Oscar nomination, this time for “A Beautiful Mind,” and further starring in “Cinderella Man,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “American Gangster,” and “State of Play.” He has found recent success in sharp character driven roles that test his range, from “True History of the Kelly Gang” to “The Pope’s Exorcist.”
To celebrate his Crystal Globe win, Crowe will perform with his band Indoor Garden Party at Karlovy Vary’s opening night concert. The festival will also present a special screening of Peter Weir’s historical seafaring epic “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”
At the festival, one of the most celebrated Czech actors of the past decades, Daniela Kolářová, will also receive the KVIFF President’s Award
Other items of interest for this year’s festival include a celebration of contemporary Iranian cinema (showings of Nader Saeivar’s “No End,” Faeze Azizkhani’s “The Locust,” Danesh Eqbashav’s “Zapata,” Negin Ahmad’s “Dream’s Gate,” and more) and a retrospective of celebrated Japanese filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura, which will include films like “The Blue Sky Maiden,” “A Wife’s Confession,” “All Mixed Up,” “Blind Beast,” etc.
KVIFF will also return with its traditional festival trailer that entails a short bit filmed with a past Crystal Globe recipient. This year, they have chosen controversial actor Johnny Depp, who will be directed by Ivan Zachariáš.