From Toronto to New York and Rome last Fall, critics and audiences embraced Oren Moverman’s cinema verite drama “Time Out of Mind,” starring an Oscar-worthy Richard Gere as an alcoholic drifter aging and surviving on the streets of New York.
Now, the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will honor the distinguished American actor with its highest award, the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema. (Last year, it went to Mel Gibson.)
Karlovy Vary will showcase the versatile actor with screenings of both “Time Out of Mind,” which also nabbed Gere a San Francisco Film Fest tribute this year, and Andrew Renzi’s drama “Franny” about a philanthropist entangled in the lives of a young married couple in an attempt to pay for past traumas. Samuel Goldwyn Films could push this tough-to-classify character study into the awards corridor as well.
KVFF also recognizes Gere’s philanthropic stances, from a personal friendship with the Dalai Lama to his defense of human rights and independence in Tibet, and support of numerous charities and donor organizations.
“Time Out of Mind” will open this 50th edition of Eastern Europe’s flagship film festival on July 3. Lesley Hedlund’s “Sleeping with Other People” closes the fest on July 11.