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Karlovy Vary winners include Le Grand Cahier, A Field in England

Janos Szasz’s Le Grand Cahier walked away with the Crystal Globe at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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The Hungarian film impressed jury and industry alike with its depiction of 13-year-old twins sent to their grandmother during the Second World War (it is based on Agota Kristof’s award-winning novel The Notebook).

The producer of the film, Sandor Soth [pictured], picked up the award in front of a delighted audience. Le Grand Cahier was co-produced with Austria (Amour Fou), France (Dolce Vita) and Germany (Intuit), and it is the first completed feature to be backed by the new Hungarian Film Fund (the Hungarian production company was Hunnia Film Studio.

The KVIFF top prize comes with $25,000 to be split by director and producer. The film also won the Europa Cinemas Label.

Ben Wheatley won the special jury prize (worth $15,000) for A Field In England and appeared in a special video thank you from the UK, where the film got its multi-platform launch on Friday. Producer Andy Starke came on stage to receive the award in person.

Czech stalwart Jan Hrebejk won best director for his film Honeymoon.

The Best Actress prize went to the four women in Lance Edmands’ Bluebird: Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, and Margo Martindale.

Best actor went to Ólafur Darri Ólafsson for the lead role as an alcoholic politician in Marteinn Thorsson’s XL.

The jury, which was headed by Agnieszka Holland, also gave a special mention to the Polish drama Papusza directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze.

The audience award went to Revival by local director Alice Nellis.

In The East of the West competition, the jury led by Hungary’s Éva Vezér, gave its $20,000 top prize to Floating Skyscrapers by Poland’s Tomasz Wasilewski. A special mention went to Juraj Lehotský’s Miracle from the Slovak and Czech Republics.

The documentary jury, chaired by Poland’s Krzysztof Gierat, gave its prizes to Pipeline (Truba) by Vitaly Manskiy [over 30 minutes] and to Beach Boy by the UK’s Emil Langballe [under 30 minutes].

A special mention went to Shawney Cohen’s The Manor from Canada.

The independent camera award in the Forum of Independents section went to Things The Way They Are (Las cosas como son) by Chile’s Fernando Lavanderos.

The non statutory prizes include the FIPRESCI prize to Yusup Razykov’s Shame, the ecumenical jury award to Lance Edmands’ Bluebird, the FEDEORA award to Velvet Terrorists.

A visibly emotional Oliver Stone, who picked up us his Crystal Globe For Contribution to World Cinema, said to the audience: “There has always been a tension that haunted me way before Vietnam. My mother; my father; life itself, all my life. 

“All these tensions will not allow me to let this award – or any this or any others – to stop me looking for the next undiscovered land.

“I was born an explorer and when I cease exploring I will die. In that spirit I will say do not cease being out there young dreamers that exploration of yourselves. You will meet again and again deceit. But the next time out you will win this battle. Persist.

“The world Is always in need of regeneration and – filmmakers amongst others – can combine that somewhere out in this crowd. So if you can you, or several of you, can truly contribute to this world.”

Full list of winners

GRAND PRIX - CRYSTAL GLOBE ($25,000)
Le grand cahier
Directed by: János Szász
Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, 2013

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE ($15,000)
A Field in England
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
UK, 2013

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Jan Hřebejk
for the film Honeymoon
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2013

BEST ACTRESS AWARD
Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale
for their roles in the film Bluebird
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

BEST ACTOR AWARD
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
for his role in the film XL
Directed by: Marteinn Thórsson
Iceland, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION
Papusza
Directed by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Poland, 2013

EAST OF THE WEST - FILMS IN COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST AWARD ($20,000)
Floating Skyscrapers
Directed by: Tomasz Wasilewski
Poland, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION
Miracle
Directed by: Juraj Lehotský
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2013

DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (+30mins) ($5,000)
Pipeline
Directed by: Vitaly Manskiy
Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, 2013

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (-30mins) ($5,000)
Beach Boy
Directed by: Emil Langballe
UK, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION
The Manor
Directed by: Shawney Cohen
Canada, 2013

FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS

INDEPENDENT CAMERA AWARD
Things the Way They Are / Las cosas como son
Directed by: Fernando Lavanderos
Chile, 2012

AUDIENCE AWARD
Revival
Directed by: Alice Nellis
Czech Republic, 2013

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA

  • Theodor Pištěk (Czech Republic)
  • Oliver Stone (US)
  • John Travolta (US)

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT´S AWARD
Vojtěch Jasný (Czech Republic)

NON-STATUTORY AWARDS

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)
Shame
Directed by: Yusup Razykov
Russia, 2013

THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
Bluebird
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

FEDEORA AWARD
Best film from East of the West competition section
Velvet Terrorists
Directed by: Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík, Peter Kerekes
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Croatia, 2013

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
Le grand cahier
Directed by: János Szász
Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, 2013

WORKS IN PROGRESS 2013

19 selected projects were presented in the Works in Progress 2013. The most promising project selected by the International Jury received the award of €10,000 in services from the event’s partner Barrandov Studios.

MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Blind dates / Brma Paemnebi
Directed by: Levan Koguashvili
Georgia

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