The Karlovy Vary grand jury (U.S. exhibitor Tim League; Angelina Nikonova, Russia; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Iceland; Hangameh Panahi, France; Ondrej Zach, Czech Republic) has awarded Karlovy Vary’s $25,000 Grand Prix Crystal Globe to Massachusetts-based French director Diego Ongaro’s first feature, “Bob and the Trees.” Starring the real life Bob Tarasuk, a logger and farmer from Bridgeport, Connecticut, the film was developed out of a documentary short Ongaro made about Tarasuk in 2010. The vérite-style film world-premiered at Sundance.
The Special Jury Prize of $15,000 went to the Austrian film “Those Who Fall Have Wings,” written and directed by Peter Brunner, who studied under Michael Haneke at the Filmacademy Vienna. This is his second feature.
The best director award went to Kosovo’s Visar Morina for the film “Babai,” about a young boy forced to grow up fast when his father abandons him. Financed by Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia and France.
Czech actress Alena Mihulová, who received a prolonged standing ovation at the premier of “Home Care,” was awarded best actress for her beautiful portrayal of a home-care nurse dying of cancer. Paired with the great Czech actor Boleslav Polívka, Mihulová brings a rare grace to the screen. Call it soul. Financing came from Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Another Czech actor, Kryštof Hádek, won the best actor prize for his role in the film “The Snake Brothers,” directed by Jan Prušinovskÿ. Hádek costars with his brother Matēj in this drama set in a small town. It’s a Czech production.
Special jury mentions were awarded to Anca Damian’s “The Magic Mountain” (Romania, France, Poland) and Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s “Antonia” (Italy, Greece).
“The Wednesday Child,” a Hungary and Germany production directed by Lili Horváth, received the $20,000 East of the West Award. The East of the West jury is comprised of Gaby Babić, Germany; Alexis Grivas, Greece: Tomáš Luňák, Czech Republic; Ivan I. Tverdovsky, Russia; and Olena Yershova, Ukraine. The jury gave a special mention to the Romanian film, “The World is Mine,” directed by Nicolae Constantin Tānase.
More prizes below:
DOCUMENTARY FILMS – COMPETITION
DOCUMENTARY FILMS JURY
Paolo Bertolin, Italy
Teodora Ana Mihai, Romania
Ivana Pauerová Miloševič, Czech Republic
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM OVER 60 MINUTES (5 000 USD)
Directed by: Helena Třeštíková
Czech Republic, 2015
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
The Father Tapes / Vaterfilm
Directed by: Albert Meisl
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM UNDER 30 MINUTES (5 000 USD)
White Death / Muerta Blanca
Directed by: Roberto Collío
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Women in Sink
Directed by: Iris Zaki
Great Britain, Israel, 2015
FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS – COMPETITION
FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS JURY
Katrin Gebbe, Germany
Michael Málek, Czech Republic
Yeo Joon Han, Malaysia
FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS AWARD
The winning film will be purchased by Czech Television for the flat fee of 5000 EUR.
Directed by: Sean Baker
Youth / La giovinezza
Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
Italy, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, 2015
CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Richard Gere, USA
FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO CZECH CINEMATOGRAPHY
Iva Janžurová, Czech Republic
AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)
Awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
Pamela Cohn, USA, Germany
Swapan Kumar Ghosh, India
Radovan Holub, Czech Republic
Eva Peydró, Spain
Srđan Vucinic, Serbia
Directed by: Florin Şerban
Romania, Germany, France, 2015
THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
THE ECUMENICAL JURY
Michael Otřísal, Czech Republic
Vít Poláček, Czech Republic
Lothar Strüber, Germany
Rita Weinert, Germany
Bob and the Trees
Directed by: Diego Ongaro
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Song of Songs / Pesn pesney
Directed by: Eva Neymann
Awarded by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and The Mediterranean (FEDEORA) to the best film from East of the West – Competition
Ronald Bergan, United Kingdom
James Evans, United Kingdom
Dubravka Lakić, Serbia
Heavenly Nomadic / Sutak
Directed by: Mirlan Abdykalykov
The Wednesday Child / Szerdai gyerek
Directed by: Lili Horváth
Hungary, Germany 2015
EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
For the best European film in the Official Selection – Competition and in the East of the West – Competition.
EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL JURY
Erika Borsos, Hungary
Caroline Dragacci, France
David O’Mahony, Ireland
Jens Schneiderheinze, Germany
Directed by: Visar Morina
Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, France, 2015
WORKS IN PROGRESS 2015
15 selected projects were presented in the Works in Progress 2015. The most promising project selected by the International Jury received the award of 10 000 Euros in services from the event’s partner Barrandov Studios.
THE WORKS IN PROGRESS JURY 2015
Paz Lázaro, Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
Titus Kreyenberg, unafilm (Germany)
Jan Naszewski, New Europe Film Sales (Poland)
AWARD OF 10 000 EUROS IN SERVICES FOR THE MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Directed by: Sofia Exarchou