Johnny Depp at the 2021 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Photo: KVIFF

Johnny Depp to star in 2023 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival trailer

Johnny Depp, who was awarded a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 2021 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, will star in the official trailer for the 2023 edition of the festival, organizers announced this morning.

Over the past 15 years, the KVIFF trailer has been one of the festival’s most distinctive elements. KVIFF Festival trailers incorporate filmmakers who were awarded at past editions of the festival, and recent trailers have featured stars like Casey Affleck, Mel Gibson, Helen Mirren, Jude Law, and John Malkovich.

Depp’s appearance at the 55th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was one of the noteworthy celebrity appearances in Karlovy Vary in recent memory. The actor was greeted by a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans, and presented his films Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan and Minimata.

At the time, the Karlovy Vary festival was criticized for honoring Depp in the midst of personal controversy. But the actor’s reputation was rehabilitated in the eyes of many when he prevailed during a high-profile defamation lawsuit last year.

Johnny Depp hasn’t starred in a feature since 2020’s Minimata outside of voice acting appearances, but will play King Louis XV in French filmmaker Maïwenn’s upcoming biopic Jeanne du Barry. That film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Cannes film festival in May, and might also screen during the Karlovy Vary festival, which often picks up high-profile Cannes premieres.

Czech directors Ivan Zachariáš and Martin Krejčí have created the distinctive trailers for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival over the past 15 years. The trailers typically feature droll self-deprecating humor, with the festival’s Crystal Globe award being neglected or employed for creative purposes.

In past trailers, Czech director Miloš Forman used the Crystal Globe to crush up pills, actor Andy Garcia employed it as a tool to break into his own home, and Harvey Keitel broke his foot after dropping the heavy statuette.

You can view all the past editions of the KVIFF festival trailers at the KVIFF.TV website, and a different trailer will play before each movie during the festival itself.

This year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will take place from June 30 through July 8 in the Czech spa town.

The festival has already announced that actor Russell Crowe will be awarded the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at this year’s edition, as well as perform with his band onstage during the festival’s opening night concert.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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