PRAGUE — Oscar-winning actresses Helen Mirren and Susan Sarandon are to receive prizes at the Czech Republic's 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival starting June 29, organisers said Monday.
"Helen Mirren will open the festival and Susan Sarandon will close it," festival president Jiri Bartoska told reporters.
Briton Mirren, who won an Oscar for her role of Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen" (2006), and US actress Sarandon, who won the Academy Award for "Dead Man Walking" (1995), will receive the Crystal Globe award for an extraordinary contribution to world cinematography.
"They are not only famous and popular actresses, but they are also highly valued by critics," Bartoska added.
Featuring 217 films -- including four world and eight international premieres -- the festival in the western Czech spa city of Karlovy Vary about 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Prague runs from June 29 to July 7.
In 2011, the festival attracted more than 126,000 cinema goers.
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