KVIFF to welcome celebrated actors in Competition
June 23, 2011, 4:47 PM
David Morse will present the American competition film Collaborator
The main competition programme at this year’s Karlovy Vary IFF will also include the world premiere of the American-Canadian film Collaborator by director Martin Donovan. Along with actor and director Donovan and producer Ted Hope, the competition screening of this film will also be attended by actor David Morse.
David Morse began as an actor for the Boston Repertory Theatre; he subsequently studied acting in New York. He appeared on stage on Broadway and in Los Angeles and has won a number of theatre awards for his performances.
His early screen work is associated primarily with television, where he appeared in TV films and gained popularity particularly with the series set in a hospital environment St. Elsewhere, some of whose episodes he also directed.
He began appearing regularly in feature films at the beginning of the 1990s. He played the role of the father in the psychological thriller The Good Son (1993, dir. Joseph Ruben), he was cast in the action adventure / crime film The Getaway (1994, dir. Roger Donaldson), and he teamed up with director Terry Gilliam to film the unconventional sci-fi 12 Monkeys (1995). He twice appeared under director Sean Penn – in the films The Indian Runner (1991) and The Crossing Guard (1995).
David Morse creates highly distinctive and memorable tough-guy roles in both action films (The Rock, The Negotiator, The Long Kiss Goodnight), and in dramas, in particular The Green Mile (1999, dir. Frank Darabont). In 2000 he was cast alongside Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe in the thriller Proof of Life (dir. Taylor Hackford), and he also joined Björk in Lars von Trier’s musical drama Dancer in the Dark. During this period he again featured in television series, of which Hack and House M.D. are familiar to Czech audiences as well. His film roles continue to reflect a variety of genres, from the thriller Disturbia (2007, dir. D. J. Caruso) and the Oscar-winning war film The Hurt Locker (2008, dir. Kathryn Bigelow), to the period romantic thriller Shanghai (2010, dir. Mikael Håfström). He is currently a series regular on the HBO critically acclaimed show Treme.
European film award winner Sasson Gabai to present Restoration in the Official Selection - Competition
One of the most popular Israeli actors Sasson Gabai will accompany the competition film Restoration (Boker Tov, Adon Fidelman) to the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Sasson Gabai, a graduate from the University of Tel Aviv, has performed dozens of film, theatre and television roles during his career and is the holder of a number of acting awards, both at home and abroad. He won the European Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Band’s Visit (2007, dir. E. Kolirin). Besides Israeli films, Sasson Gabai has also appeared in movies such as the psychological drama Not Without My Daughter (1991, dir. B. Gilbert) and action films Rambo III (1988) and Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol (1999).
Italian actor Remo Girone to present The Jewel (Il gioiellino) in the Official Selection - Competition
Remo Girone is a well-known Italian film and stage actor. He was born in Eritrea but his family had to return to their homeland for political reasons. As a result, Remo Girone’s life and work are linked mainly to Rome. It was in the Italian capital that he studied acting and first trod the boards in Romeo and Juliet.
His film career started in 1974 with Miklos Jancsó’s Rome Wants Another Caesar. Ten years later he was cast as the Mafia boss Carridi in the cult series The Octopus; he starred in the series for more than ten years. He has had roles in many television films and serials, for example The Cave of the Golden Rose (Princess Fantaghiro) and Pirates – Blood Brothers. He also acted in Jacques Rivette’s Don’t Touch The Axe (The Duchess of Langeais), which was shown at the KV IFF in 2008.
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