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Dumont's "Angel" Leads Karlovy Vary Winners

Frédéric Dumont accepts the top prize of the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Image courtesy of the festival.

The 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, with Frédéric Dumont's Belgian-Canadian co-production "Angel at Sea" (Un ange à la mer) taking home the fest's $30,000 Crystal Globe prize. The main jury, led by French producer Claudie Ossard, also awarded "Angel" star Olivier Gourmet with the best actor prize. Gourmet stars as a manic-depressive father who develops a troubled relationship with one of his sons. He shared he best actor prize with Paul Giamatti, for his work in the lone U.S. competition entry "Cold Souls."

The Special Jury Prize - which comes with a $20,000 payout - was given to Iranian Abdolreza Kahani's "Twenty," while best director went to Germany's Andreas Dresen for the comedy "Whisky with Vodka." Other awards in the main competition included Paprika Steen taking home the best actress statuette for her work in "Applause," and a special mention for acting given to 15-year-old Filip Gabacz, who played a young prostitute in the Polish film "Piggies."

The documentary jury awarded Slovak filmmaker Marko Škop best documentary honors for his film "Osadné," while American doc "We Live in Public," directed by Ondi Timoner, won a special mention. In the short documentary category, German-Indian-Pakistani co-production "Wagah" took top honors, with a special mention going to Poland’s "Till It Hurts."

Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition - focusing on Eastern European works - honored Andrey Khrzhanovsky's Joseph Brodsky biopic "Room and a Half" with the top prize (and $10,000). Special Mention was given to Michal Rosa's "Scratch," from Poland.

For a complete list of winners, please see the next page. indieWIRE will publish a full report on Karlovy Vary Monday afternoon.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - COMPETITION

Grand Prix - Crystal Globe (30 000 USD)

Angel at Sea | Un ange à la mer
Director: Frédéric Dumont
Belgium, Canada 2009

Special Jury Prize (20 000 USD)
Twenty | Bist
Director: Abdolreza Kahani
Iran 2009

Best Director Award
Andreas Dresen
for the film Whisky with Vodka | Whisky mit Wodka
Director: Andreas Dresen
Germany 2009

Best Actor Award (tie)
Olivier Gourmet
for his role in the film Angel at Sea | Un ange à la mer
Director: Frédéric Dumont
Belgium, Canada 2009

Paul Giamatti
for his role in the film Cold Souls | Cold Souls
Director: Sophie Barthes
USA 2008

Best Actress Award
Paprika Steen
for her role in the film Applause | Applause
Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Denmark 2009

Special Jury Mention
Filip Garbacz
for his role in the film Piggies | Świnki
Director: Robert Gliński
Poland, Germany 2009

DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION

Best Documentary Film under 30 minutes long (5000 USD)
Wagah | Wagah
Director: Supriyo Sen
Germany, India, Pakistan 2009

Special Jury Mention
Till It Hurts | Do bolu
Director: Marcin Koszałka
Poland 2008

Best Documentary Film over 30 minutes long (5000 USD)
Osadné | Osadné
Director: Marko Škop
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic 2009

Special Jury Mention
We Live in Public | We Live in Public
Director: Ondi Timoner
USA 2009

EAST OF THE WEST - FILMS IN COMPETITION

East of the West Award (10 000 USD)
Room and a Half | Poltory komnaty ili sentimentalnoje putěšestvije na rodinu
Director: Andrey Khrzhanovsky
Russia 2008

Special Mention
Scratch | Rysa
Director: Michał Rosa
Poland 2008

AUDIENCE AWARD
A Matter of Size | Sipur Gadol
Director: Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon
Israel, Germany, France 2009

SPECIAL CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA

Isabelle Huppert, France
John Malkovich, USA
Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT´S AWARD
Antonio Banderas, USA

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)
Will Not Stop There | Nije kraj
Director: Vinko Brešan
Croatia, Serbia 2008

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
Applause | Applause
Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Denmark 2009

INDEPENDENT CAMERA
Eamon | Eamon
Director: Margaret Corkery
Ireland 2009

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