Two time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro will receive the Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 43rd Karlovy Vary film festival. KVIFF president Jiri Bartoska announced that the award will be presented at the opening night ceremonies on July 4.
In conjunction with the award, the Karlovy Vary festival (www.kviff.com) will present What Just Happened, starring De Niro, a Tribeca/Linson Films production from 2929 Productions, as its opening night film. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was the closing night picture at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Academy Award winning Barry Levinson, the film is based on the acclaimed, bestselling memoir by veteran Hollywood producer Art Linson, who wrote the screenplay and produced the film with De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. The executive producers are Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban.