The 48th Karlovy Vary international film festival is in full swing in the Czech spa town , with Hollywood A-lister John Travolta in town to receive a lifetime award.
He was the latest top star – after Helen Mirren, Harvey Keitel, John Malkovich and Jude Law among others – to pick up the festival’s crystal globe.
He said: “This is a revelation to me because although some my friends have won this award, I’ve never experienced this myself, so I am very excited about it. Any award that adds to your credibility with the financiers of movies means you get to do the movies you like – like the ‘Killing Season’, definitely an art film, a people film, not a comic-book strip thing.”
In ‘Killing Season’, Travolta acts with Robert de Niro for the first time. It is a violent drama about two veterans of the Balkan wars.
Travolta has played wildly different roles in his long career. He said: “Unlike some other actors where you have to be similar, it pays off for me to be different in different roles and I love that, but it does put pressure to be doing something different each time. But I’d rather that, than be under pressure to be the same.”
‘Killing Season’ screened out of competition at Karlovy Vary and goes on general release in the US later this month.