American actors Johnny Depp and Ethan Hawke arrived as guests of honor during Friday at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). Hundreds of fans and many media representatives were waiting for them.
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Actor Johnny Depp has earned the presence of a massive number of journalists and fans.
Before Grandhotel Pupp, both American actors were welcomed by representatives of the festival, led by the president of the event, Jiří Bartošek. Depp (58) arrived in the Czech Republic late Thursday night and was already greeted by a large crowd of fans. The Hollywood actor presented at the festival during Friday’s program Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, the second premiere (scheduled for Saturday) was the drama Minamata, in which he plays himself.
“We are extremely honored that the icon of the current film will visit the festival. We have admired Johnny Depp for a long time, so we will be honored to welcome him to Karlovy Vary, “said Bartoška before. Representatives of the festival hardly reacted to the criticism that accompanied their decision to invite Depp. It is related to the fact that a British court only recently confirmed the verdict according to which Depp was to commit acts of domestic violence against his ex-wife Amber Heard. A similar invitation to a film festival in San Sebastian, Spain, sparked a critical initiative by Spanish filmmakers.
Fortunately, Ethan Hawke came to Var without controversy. He arrived on Friday morning and the KVIFF President’s Award awaits him in Karlovy Vary. He will also personally present the thriller The First Corrected (2017) in the large hall of the Thermal Hotel, in which he played the character of a priest going through a crisis of faith.
The 55th Karlovy Vary Film Festival began on August 20 and will end on Saturday evening, August 28 (the Cocktail.pravda.sk section will bring you a report from the red carpet). The organizers moved him away from the traditional July term due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It belongs to the so-called category A together with festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai and Tokyo. During the festival, they will screen a total of 120 films, of which 32 premieres.