KARLOVY VARY: The Romanian film I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians directed by Radu Jude took home the Crystal Globe and a cash prize of 25,000 USD at the 53 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival held from 29 June to 7 July in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary. The film is a coproduction between Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria and Germany.
Coproductions from the region reigned supreme scooping most of the top prizes at the festival with successful collaborations between producers in Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia all taking home prizes.
The FIPRESCI International Critics Prize went to Sueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis (Argentina, Brasil, France) directed by Ana Katz, while the daily ratings of the films in the Main Competition and East of the West organised by FNE and FIPRESCI were hotly followed. To see how the FNE Critics rated the films click HERE.
In the Industry section of the festival the Works in Progress Award went to the project All This Victory (Lebanon, France, Germany) by director Ahmad Ghossein, who will receive an award consisting of post-production services in UPP (60 000 Euro), Soundsquare (30 000 Euro), and a cash prize of 10,000 Euro from Barrandov Studio. It was the first year that projects from the Middle East were included in the selection. The Eurimages Lab Project prize went to the project Normal (Italy, Sweden) by director Adele Tulli. The prize was awarded in the value of 50,000 Euro. The Docs in Progress prize of 5000 EUR in cash went to the project The Projectionist (Ukraine, Germany, Poland) directed by Yuriy Shylov.
Full list of KVIFF Prize Winners
Grand PrixI Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians / Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany)Directed by Radu JudeProduced by Hi Film ProductionsCoproduced by endorfilm, Les Films d‘Ici, Klas Film, Komplizen Film, ZFD/Arte, TVRSupported by the Romanian CNC, Czech Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Centre
Special Jury PrizeSueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis (Argentina, Brasil, France)Directed by Ana Katz
Best DirectorOlmo Omerzu for the film Winter Flies / Všechno bude (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia)Produced by endorfilmCoproduced by Punkchart Films, Cvinger Film and Czech TV Supported by the Czech Film Fund, Slovenian Film Agency, Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Polish Film Institute
Best ActressMercedes Morán for her role in the film Sueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis (Argentina, Brasil, France)Directed by Ana Katz
Best ActorMoshe Folkenflik for his role in the film Redemption / Geula (Israel)Directed by Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Special Jury MentionJumpman / Podbrosy (Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France)Directed by Ivan I. TverdovskiyCoproduced by UAB Tremora Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Special Jury MentionHistory of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni (Slovenia, Italy, Norway)Directed by Sonja ProsencProduced by MonooCoproduced by RTV Slovenia, Incitus Film, Nefertiti FilmSupported by the Slovenian Film Center, Eurimages
East of the West Competition
Grand PrixSuleiman Mountain / Suleiman gora (Kyrgyzstan, Russia)Directed by Elizaveta Stishova
Special Jury PrizeBlossom Valley / Virágvölgy (Hungary)Directed by László Csuja
Documentary Films Competition
Grand PrixPutin’s Witnesses / Svideteli Putina (Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic)Directed by Vitaly ManskyProduced by Studio Vertov Coproduction Golden Egg Production, Hypermarket Film, coproduction with 2DF, RTS, Česká Televize in association with Arte, Current Time TV.Supported by Latvian National Film Centre, Czech Film Fund
Special Jury PrizeWalden / Walden (Switzerland, Austria)Directed by Daniel Zimmermann
Pravo Audience AwardRain Man / Rain Man (USA)Directed by Barry Levinson
Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World CinemaTim Robbins (USA)
Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World CinemaBarry Levinson (USA)
Festival President’s AwardRobert Pattinson (UK)
Festival President’s Award for Contribution to Czech CinematographyJaromír Hanzlík (Czech Republic)
International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) AwardSueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis (Argentina, Brasil, France)Directed by Ana Katz
Ecumenical Jury AwardRedemption / Geula (Israel)Directed by Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Winter Flies / Všechno bude (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia)Directed by Olmo Omerzu
Miriam Lies / Miriam miente (Dominican Republic, Spain)Directed by Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
FEDEORA Award of Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the MediterraneanBest film from East of the West CompetitionSuleiman Mountain / Suleiman gora (Kyrgyzstan, Russia)Directed by Elizaveta Stishova
Europa Cinemas Label AwardBest European Film in Main Competition and in the East of the West Competition.I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians / Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany)Directed by Radu Jude