The winners for the 51st annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Awards were announced on Saturday night.
Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu’s “It’s Not the Time of My Life” took home the Grand Prix Crystal Globe prize and a $25,000 cash award. The helmer, who also stars in the film, was also awarded the best actor award for his role. The movie follows two families that happen to temporarily share an unusual apartment.
The Special Jury Prize and the $15,000 cash prize was given to “Zoology.” Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, the feature follows a disillusioned middle-aged woman who grows a tail and embarks on a thrilling new romance before reality catches up with her.
Damjan Kozole won the best director award for “Nightlife,” which tells the story of a wealthy couple that changed by a sudden accident. The best actress award was given to Zuzana Mauréry for her role in the Jan Hřebejk-directed film “The Teacher.”
Both Cătălin Mitulescu’s “By the Rails” and “The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street,” directed by Jan Němec, received a Special Jury Mention.
In the East of the West competition section, which focuses on films from central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Rusudan Glurjidze’s “House of Others” was awarded the East of the West Grand Prix and a $15,000 cash prize. The drama is about a family that movies into a deserted house after a difficult civil war.
The Special Jury prize worth $10,000 was given to “The Days That Confused,” directed by Triin Ruumet. Alma Har’el’s “LoveTrue,” which studies the nature of human love, took home the best documentary award. A Special Jury mention was given to Claudia Varejao’s study of Japanese pearl divers, “Ama-san.”
The audience award was given to Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic,” William Dafoe received the Crystal Globe For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the World Cinema, “Original Bliss” directed by Sven Taddicken was given the Award of International Film Critics and Roberto Andò’s “The Confessions” took the Ecumenical Jury award.
And finally, “Collector” by Alexei Krasovskiy received the Fedeora Award and the Europa Cinemas Label Award was given to “Original Bliss,” helmed by Sven Taddicken.