Czech film festival to honour 'Rain Man' director Levinson

Prague (AFP) –


"Rain Man" director Barry Levinson will be honoured at the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary film festival in July, organisers said on Wednesday.

Levinson, who won an Oscar as best director for the 1988 movie, will "receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema," the festival organisers said in a statement.

Also known as a writer and producer, the 76-year-old American directed "Diner" (1982), "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), "Avalon" (1990), "Bugsy" (1991), "Sleepers" (1996), "Wag the Dog" (1997) and "Sphere" (1998).

The 53rd edition of the festival in the western Czech spa city of Karlovy Vary, which drew more than 140,000 cinemagoers last year, will run from June 29 to July 7.