Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2023: Crystal Globe for Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe receiving the Crystal Globe for Extraordinary Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

He confessed that Karlovy Vary was completely new to him. "I have to tell the truth," he said, "I was unaware of this film festival until very recently. I've been to so many film festivals that are completely disorganized and absolutely chaotic. But I have to congratulate the organization of this festival; it's one of the best I've ever attended."

Crowe gave a simple but heartfelt speech about his experiences as an actor. "The thing about me and my career," he said, "is that I started acting when I was six years old. I did my first television show in 1970 and have been making movies since 1989. Fortunately for me, I still love coming to work. I love waking up every day thinking about the scenes ahead of me. 

And I believe it's because I make decisions to do specific films where I feel a particular connection. So, I never have to wake up at 4 in the morning and wonder why I'm there. I always know why I'm at work. And my relationship with cinema? The older I get, the deeper it becomes: my love for cinema and what it can achieve, how it can educate and how it can move people. It just gets deeper and deeper."

The legendary British band Morcheeba

This year, the opening concert of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, traditionally held for the public on a stage in front of the Hotel Thermal, will feature a very special guest. In addition to the previously announced performance by Russell Crowe and his band Indoor Garden Party, the show will also include the legendary British band Morcheeba.

Morcheeba from London was founded in 1995 by brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey and vocalist Skye Edwards. The band made their debut with the EP "Trigger Hippie," which helped them secure a record deal. In 1996, they released their first album, "Who Can You Trust?" and began performing live. In the following years, the band gained international fame. Critics often consider their 1998 album, "Big Calm," as their breakthrough moment. It was followed by "Fragments of Freedom" (2000) and "Charango" (2002). To date, the band has released ten studio albums, which have produced numerous hits like "The Sea" and "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day."

By Antonio Cossa