Polishdrama My Nikifor dominated the awardsceremony at the 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last Saturday,winning three Crystal Globes.
The film, basedon the life of the naïve painter Epifan Drowniak, better known as NikiforKrynicki, won the Crystal Globe for best feature and $20,000.
Director KrzysztofKrauze was named best director. Krystyna Feldman, the 85-year-old actress whoplays the male title role in the film, won best actress.
Accepting the film's Crystal Globe, producer Juliusz Machulski praised his director."Krystof is such a wonderful director, and to work with him is more than apleasure.
"He knows what he's doing, he listens to my advice, and he stayedwithin budget," he quipped.
Machulski's ZebraFilm Studios is seeking an international distributor for the film.
The seven-member Grand Jury, chaired by director MichaelRadford, also awarded a special jury prize to What a Wonderful Place, from Israeli director Eyal Halfon.
The film's leading man, Uri Gavriel, shared best actorhonours with Luca Zingaretti, who plays Father Giuseppe Puglisi in
The jury also gave special mention to Noriko's Dinner Table from Japanese director Sion Sono. Canadiandirector Sebastien Rose's Life With myFather, which received a thunderous ovation at its international premiereJuly 5, took home the Právo audience award.
The festival's documentary jury named Galina Adamovich's
The East of the West award and CZK 250,000 [$9,900] went to
Chinese-Danish co-production Chinaman picked up a FIPRESCI award and an ecumenical jury award.
Accordingthe festival's Film Industry Office, 968 industry professionals from 42countries took part in the nine-day festival.