KVIFF 2017: Ken Loach, Paul Laverty and James Newton Howard to receive honorary awards


British director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and U.S. composer James Newton Howard will be honored at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Loach and his regular writing collaborator will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema. The festival called Loach and Laverty “two individuals who together have influenced the history of British cinema becoming pioneers of British social-realist film with a humanitarian message.” Loach and Laverty first collaborated on the 1996 film Carla’s Song and also worked together on the two Palme d’Or winning films The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016).

Howard’s work includes scoring such movies as The Sixth Sense (1999), Batman Begins (2005), and all four of the Hunger Games films. He will also receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. On top of receiving the honorary award, Howard will also take part in a concert to launch the festival, conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of selected music from his score for the 2018 sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Howard is set to commence a tour of his movie compositions in November, premiering at London’s Royal Albert Hall and visiting 20 European cities in all.

This year the festival will open with an opening-night concert for the third time in its history. The concert will take place on June 30 and will be headlined by conductor Carl Davis, who will present a program of music from the Bond films, also performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will take place on June 30-July 8, 2017. For more information, go to http://www.kviff.com/en/homepage



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