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Collyer's "Sherrybaby" Wins Top Prize at 41st Karlovy Fest

Laurie Collyer, director of "Sherrybaby" (center) with "Reprise" director Joachim Trier and "Several People, Little Time" star Andrzej Hudziak this weekend at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Image courtesy of the festival.

The 2006 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend and Laurie Collyer's "Sherrybaby" won the event's top honor, the Crystal Globe prize which includes a $20,000 cash award. Jurors Goran Paskaljevis, Bent Hamer, Leila Hatami, Coleman Hough, Laurence Kardish, Juliusz Machulski, and Karel Roden presided over the prizes in the Czech Republic, honoring "Sherrybaby" with both the top film prize and a best actress award for the film's lead, Maggie Gyllenhaal. The movie, about a mother recently released from prison who must fight for custody of her five-year-old daughter, debuted in competition at Sundance earlier this year and is Collyer's second feature film, following "Nuyorican Dream" in 1999.

Last month, Netflix announced its acquisition of all North American rights to Collyer's film and the company has struck a deal with IFC Films to handle the theatrical release of the movie in late August. Netflix will have the movie available on its service in early November of this year.

Joachim Trier from Norway won the best director award from the jury, for his film, "Reprise," while the best actor award went to Andrzej Hudziak for his role in the Polish film, "Several People, Little Time". And a special jury prize was shared by Ivan Cherkelov and Vassil Zhivkov's "Christmas Tree Upside Down" (Obarnata elha) and Jan Hrebejk's Czech film, "Beauty in Trouble" (Kraska v nesnazich).

In the documentary competition, the top feature prize was shared by Timo Novotny's "Life in Loops" from Austria and Juan Carlos Rulfo's "In The Pit" (En El Hoyo) from Mexico. The award for best doc short went to Andreas Horvath for the Austrian film, "Views of a Retired Night Porter."

This year's audience award at the festival went to Marko Skop's "Ine Svety" (Other Worlds).

In the East of the West competition, Milena Andonova's "Monkeys in Winter" won the prize for best film, while Aku Louhimies' "Frozen City" (Valkoinen Kaupunki) from Finland won the FIPRESCI film critics prize at the festival.

[For more information, please visit the festival's website.]

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