Karlovy Vary Film Festival Award Winners, Oliver Stone Gets Emotional

Karlovy Vary Film Festival Award Winners, Oliver Stone Gets Emotional

At the closing awards ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Janos Szasz’s “Le Grand Cahier” (Hungary) took the top prize, the Crystal Globe, which comes with $25,000 to be split by director and producer (Sandor Soth). The film also earned the Europa Cinemas Label. (Full list of winners below.)

Based on Agota Kristof’s award-winning World War II novel “The Notebook,” “Le Grand Cahier” is about 13-year-old twins who go to live with their grandmother during the war. The first feature backed by the new Hungarian Film Fund, “Le Grand Cahier” is co-produced with Austria’s Amour Fou, France’s Dolce Vita, Germany’s Intuit and Hungary’s Hunnia Film Studio.

Brit filmmaker Ben Wheatley won the special jury prize ($15,000) for “A Field In England,” which opened in the UK on Friday. Czech director Jan Hrebejk won best director for his film “Honeymoon,” while Czech director Alice Nellis earned the audience award for “Revival.”

The Best Actress prize was shared by the ensemble–Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, and Margo Martindale– in Lance Edmands’ “Bluebird.” which also tok home the ecumenical jury award.

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The Deep”) took Best Actor for his alcoholic politician in Marteinn Thorsson’s “XL.”

The jury headed by Agnieszka Holland also gave a special mention to the Polish drama “Papusza” directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. Poland’s Tomasz Wasilewski won a prize worth $20,000 for In The East of the West competition, from a separate jury. Juraj Lehotský’s “Miracle” from the Slovak and Czech Republics scored a special mention.

In the documentary competition, the jury headed by Poland’s Krzysztof Gierat gave its prizes to “Pipeline” by Vitaly Manskiy and to “Beach Boy” by UK director Emil Langballe. A special mention went to Canadian Shawney Cohen’s “The Manor.”

In the Forum of Independents, the independent camera award was won by Chilean Fernando Lavanderos’ “Things The Way They Are.”

The FIPRESCI prize went to Yusup Razykov’s “Shame” and the FEDEORA award to “Velvet Terrorists.”

Oliver Stone, who screened yet another new cut of “Alexander” as well as his “History of the United States” series (THR interview here), gave an emotional acceptance speech when accepting his Crystal Globe For Contribution to World Cinema:

“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.”

The list of winners is below.

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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