Source: KVIFF

‘Summer With Hope’

Sadaf Foroughi’s Canadian-Iranian drama Summer With Hope has won the Crystal Globe for best film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), which held its closing awards ceremony on Friday July 9. 

Foroughi’s second feature is about a swimmer learning a new open water discipline, who develops a close alliance with his coach.

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Written and directed and produced by Foroughi, it is also produced by Kiarash Anvari and Christina Piovesan for Canada’s First Generation Films. The $25,000 (£20,782) prize is shared between the director and producers.

Jonas Trueba’s Spanish comedy You Have To Come And See It, depicting conversations between two couples between city and and country life, received the $15,000 Special Jury Prize.

The best actress prize was shared between Taki Mumladze and Mariam Khundadze for their lead roles in Ioseb ‘Soso’ Bliadze’s Georgian title A Room Of My Own, which Mumladze co-wrote with Bliadze.

Czech films had a strong showing, with Beata Parkanova taking best director and Martin Finger receiving best actor for Czech-Slovak title Word; Stepan FOK Vodrazka winning the audience award for PSH Neverending Story; and Tomasz Winski’s Borders Of Love taking the Fipresci prize.

This success continued in the new Proxima section, with Adela Komrzy and Tomas Bojar’s Art Talent Show receiving the $15,000 Grand Prix. The Special Jury prize went to Eduardo Casanova’s Spanish-Argentinian co-production La Pieta, with a Special Jury mention to David Kapac and Andrija Mardesic’s Croatian-Serbian title The Uncle starring Goran Bogdan.

A previously announced Crystal Globe honorary award was given to Geoffrey Rush for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema; with Festival President’s awards to Czech cinematographer Boleslav Polivka and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro.

Earlier this week the awards in the Eastern Promises industry strand were handed out, including to Yemeni-Sudanese title The Burdened.

This year’s festival is on track to top the attendance figures of the last pre-pandemic edition in 2019, according to artistic director Karel Och.

Karlovy Vary 2022 awards

Crystal Globe competition

Grand Prix – Summer With Hope (Can-Iran) dir. Sadaf Foroughi
Special Jury Prize – You Have To Come And See It (Sp) dir. Jonas Trueba
Best director – Beata Parkanova for Word (Cze-Slovak)
Best actress – Taki Mumladze, Mariam Khundadze ex-aequo for A Room Of My Own (Geo-Ger)
Best actor – Martin Finger for Word (Cze-Slovak)
Audience award – PSH Neverending Story (Cze) dir. Stepan FOK Vodrazka

Proxima competition

Grand Prix – Art Talent Show (Cze) dirs. Adela Komrzy, Tomas Bojar
Special Jury Prize – La Pieta (Sp-Arg) dir. Eduardo Casanova
Special Jury Mention – The Uncle (Cro-Serb) dirs. David Kapac, Andrija Mardesic