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55. KVIFF WINNERS AND PRIZES AT THE KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

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55. KVIFF WINNERS AND PRIZES AT THE KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021


The 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, a non-specialized festival with two competitive categories, took place from August 20th to August 28th this year. It was organized by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, a.s., with Jiří Bartoška as president of the festival and Karel Och as an artistic director. The 56th Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 1st to July 9th 2022. On August 28th 2021, the festival’s juries presented awards for the best films at the closing ceremony of the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF.

As Far as I Can Walk, a humanistic story on the need to find one’s place in the world and about a love whose deepest proof may be the most painful, won the Crystal Globe, the main prize of the Karlovy Vary IFF. It also received the 55th year’s prize for best actor Ibrahim Koma, and a Special Mention for director of photography Jelena Stanković.


Serbian drama “As Far as I Can Walk” takes 55th KVIFF

“I couldn’t be more surprised. Thank you to the festival – it’s great to be in the cinema again. Ethan Hawke thanked his wife, so I want to thank mine as well, the film’s cinematographer. I also thank the producers – we had to collect money from five countries. And above all I want to thank our actors, they were simply wonderful. It’s an honour to receive this award here, because Czech films really always influenced me, the ones from the Czech New Wave and those by Jan Svěrák,” said Stefan Arsenijević in thanks, having based his new work about two African immigrants in Serbia on a medieval Serbian poem.

The Special Jury Prize for the first Karlovy Vary festival where documentary films were included alongside feature films in the main competition, went to the documentary Every Single Minute. In it, Erika Hníková follows a Slovak couple who decided to bring up their child according to Kamevéda, a complex approach to developing the child’s motor abilities and intellect.

German Dietrich Brüggemann was declared best director for his new work  and the best actress was Éléonore Loiselle from the Canadian drama Wars. British actor Vinette Robinson earned a Special Mention for her role as a chef in the film Boiling Point, and the third Special Mention went to the Croatian film The Staffroom.

The second competition section East of the West was won by Nuuccha, a suggestive Yakut drama on the consequences of colonisation and forced assimilation of nations within Tsarist Russia. The jury awarded its Special Prize to the film Sisterhood and Special Mention to the Czech documentary Intensive Life Unit. The Právo Audience Award went to the opening film of the 55th KVIFF Zátopek, which has been showing at Czech cinemas since Thursday.

CRYSTAL GLOBE COMPETITION

GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE (25 000 USD)
The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.
As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović
Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (15 000 USD)
The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.
Every Single Minute / Každá minuta života
Directed by: Erika Hníková
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021


BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Dietrich Brüggemann for the film
Germany, 2021


BEST ACTRESS AWARD
Éléonore Loiselle for her role in the film Wars / Guerres
Canada, 2021


BEST ACTOR AWARD
Ibrahim Koma for his role in the film As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
The Staffroom / Zbornica

Directed by: Sonja Tarokić
Croatia, 2021


SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Vinette Robinson
for her role in the film Boiling Point
United Kingdom, 2020


SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Jelena Stanković
for cinematography in the film As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

PRÁVO AUDIENCE AWARD
Zátopek

Directed by: David Ondříček
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021

David Ondříček’s fascinating drama presents the life of the famous Czech endurance runner and Olympic champion Emil Zátopek, a man who, with impressive nonchalance, pushed the boundaries of human possibilities and took his place alongside other greats who transformed athletic competitions into unforgettable stories.



EAST OF THE WEST COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST GRAND PRIX (15 000 USD)
The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.
Nuuccha
Directed by: Vladimir Munkuev
Russia, 2021


EAST OF THE WEST SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (10 000 USD)
The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.
Sisterhood / Sestri
Directed by: Dina Duma
North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, 2021


SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Intensive Life Unit / Jednotka intenzivního života

Directed by: Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic, 2021

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Michael Caine
, Great Britain


FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO CZECH
CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jan Svěrák, Czech Republic


FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Ethan Hawke
, USA

Twenty-six years after his Crystal Globe for the film The RideJan Svěrák received a Festival President’s Award from the Karlovy Vary Festival for his contribution to Czech cinematography. “I don’t know exactly what I contributed to Czech film, but I know exactly what Czech film contributed to me. A lot of passion, joy, emotion. Friends, colleagues and audiences, all of them together for me make up what we call Czech cinematography. I’m glad that I can take the prize from a wise and kind President. Not all festivals, nor even some countries, have such a President,” stated the director after accepting the statue from Jiří Bartoška.

At the end of the ceremony, Ethan Hawke also came up for his President’s Award. “It’s a great honour to be here with you. When I asked Richard Linklater what he knew about this festival, he told me that what separates this from other festivals is the audience, which really loves film. I saw and felt the same thing here, as well. The Czech culure community is intelligent and inspired me as an artist. I want to share this award with a person who is my artistic partner, my wife Ryan Hawke, who produces the films in which I act and who reads all my scripts. I love you,” exclaimed the American actor, screenwriter, director and writer.

Ethan Hawke and Jan Svěrák received KVIFF’s Festival President’s Awards.

NON-STATUTORY AWARDS
AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS
Awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). At this year’s edition of Karlovy Vary IFF the FIPRESCI prize was awarded in memory of Jan Foll (1951–2021), an unmistakable persona of Czech film criticism who influenced several generations of young journalist.
Exam / Ezmûn
Directed by: Shawkat Amin Korki
Germany, Iraqi Kurdistan, Qatar, 2021


THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović

Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021


ECUMENICAL JURY COMMENDATION
The Staffroom / Zbornica
Directed by: Sonja Tarokić
Croatia, 2021


FEDEORA AWARD
For the best film from East of the West Competition section.
Otar’s Death / Otar’s Death
Directed by: Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze
Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, 2021


FEDEORA JURY SPECIAL MENTION
Intensive Life Unit / Jednotka intenzivního života
Directed by: Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic, 2021


EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
For the best European film from the Crystal Globe Competition and East of the West Competition.
As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović
Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević
Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

KVIFF EASTERN PROMISES WINNERS: WORKS IN PROGRESS, WORKS IN DEVELOPMENT – FEATURE LAUNCH AND FIRST CUT+ AT KARLOVY VARY IFF 2021
Due to the situation related to Covid-19, the projects selected for KVIFF Eastern Promises 2021 were presented online before the festival, from July 28 to August 12. A total of 29 projects were showcased across 3 programs.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Works in Progress is a platform for feature films in post-production or late production stage from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, ex-USSR countries, the Middle East and North Africa, which will premiere after the Karlovy Vary IFF. For the very first time this year, Works in Progress 2021 has merged fiction and documentary films under one program, and a total of 12 projects were pitched. The winner was awarded a prizeconsisting of post production services from UPPand Soundsquare Furthermore, two projects were awarded 5.000 EUR each for their further development, sponsored respectively by TRT and KVIFF.


WORKS IN PROGRESS POST-PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AWARD
An Owl, a Garden and the Writer (Iran, France)
Directed by: Sara Dolatabadi
Producers: Amir Naderi, Sara Dolatabadi, Farhad Mohammadi (associate producer)
Screenwriter: Sara Dolatabadi


WORKS IN PROGRESS TRT AWARD (5.000 EUR)
Victim / Obeť (
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany)
Directed by: Michal Blaško
Producers: Jakub Viktorín, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
Screenwriter: Jakub Medvecký


WORKS IN PROGRESS KARLOVY VARY IFF AWARD (5.000 EUR)
Tina & Megi
(Georgia, Germany)
Directed by: Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze
Producer: Eva Blondiau
Screenwriters: Tamar Mumladze, Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze


WORKS IN DEVELOPMENT – FEATURE LAUNCH (10.000 EUR)
For this KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award, KVIFF has partnered with the Midpoint Institute script and project development program as well as with the When East Meets West co-production market and Trieste Film Festival. Together they have showcased 9 projects from Central and Eastern Europe that have gone through development and mentoring within the Feature Launch 2021 program. The jury has awarded a 10,000 EUR cash prize for further development of the project.
Head Nurse / Sestra Hana (Czech Republic)
Directed by: Jan Vejnar
Producer: Kamila Dohnalová
Screenwriter: Jan Vejnar, Václav Hašek

SPECIAL MENTION
ALIYA
(Israel, Russia, Poland)
Directed by: Dekel Berenson
Producers: Marek Rozenbaum, Alexander Rodnyansky, Paul Wesley, Co-Producers: Anna Rozalska, Aleksandra Aleksander
Screenwriter: Dekel Berenson, Co-writer: Greer Ellison

CONNECTING COTTBUS AWARD
The Bomber / Spridzinātāj
s (Latvia)
Directed by: Pauls Kesteris
Producer: Inese Boka-Grūbe
Screenwriter: Gatis Murnieks


ROTTERDAM LAB AWARD
The jury awarded Aleksandra Aleksander, producer of project ALIYA (Israel, Russia, Poland)


FIRST CUT+ AWARDS
First Cut+ is a new program created for boosting the competitiveness and marketability of feature films that previously participated in First Cut Lab. It was launched in 2020 through close cooperation with two dynamic and well-established film industry platforms: Trieste’s When East Meets West and Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days. Eight projects coming mainly from Central and Eastern Europe were presented this year.


TRT AWARD (5.000 EUR)
A Piece of Sky / Drii Winter
(Switzerland, Germany)
Directed by: Michael Koch
Producer: Christof Neracher
Screenwriter: Michael Koch


SUB-TI AWARD
The Hatcher / Mateczni
k (Poland)
Directed by: Grzegorz Mołda
Producer: Izabela Igel
Sceenwriter: Grzegorz Mołda, Monika Powalisz


FIRST CUT+ AWARD
The Hatcher / Matecznik
(Poland)
Directed by: Grzegorz Mołda
Producer: Izabela Igel
Sceenwriter: Grzegorz Mołda, Monika Powalisz


STATISTICS OF THE 55TH KARLOVY VARY IFF 2021
The 55th Karlovy Vary IFF 2021 was attended by 9267 accredited visitors. Of that number 7851 had Festival Passes, 338 were filmmakers, 601 accredited film professionals, and 477 journalists. There were a total of 456 film screenings and total of 111 203 tickets were sold. A total of 144 films were shown: 122 feature films and 22 documentary films. 29 films received their world premiere, while 12 had their international premiere and 2 their European premiere. 149 screenings were personally presented by delegations of filmmakers. 90 Press & Industry screenings were held. The KVIFF Eastern Promises presentations were attended online by 288 buyers, distributors and dramaturgs who chose from 29 films in development.

www.kviff.com

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