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Karlovy Vary WInners; Festival of Unknowns; and Long Island Lineup

Karlovy Vary WInners; Festival of Unknowns; and Long Island Lineup

Karlovy Vary WInners; Festival of Unknowns; and Long Island Lineup

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> Karlovy Vary Concludes with Award Presentation

The 33rd International Film Festival Karlovy Vary wrapped up over the
weekend with the presentation of several awards. The main prize, the
Crystal Globe (worth approx. $20,000) went to “Le Coeur au Poing
(“Streetheart“), directed by Charles Binami (Canada), who also took home
the award for best director; a special prize of $10,000 went to “Den
” (“Full Moon“), directed by Karen Shakhnazarov (Russia). The
acting prizes were split between the USA and Eastern Europe, with the
best actress award going to Julia Stiles for her performance in Michael
Steinberg’s 1998 Sundance entry “Wicked“, and the best actor going to Olaf
Lubaszenko for his performance in “Je treba zab’t Sekala” (“Sekal Has to
“) a co-production from The Czech Republic, Poland, France and
Slovakia. Sandra Goldbacher picked up a Special Prize for Author Debut
for “The Governess,” which also picked up the Kodak Vision audience
prize of 10,000 metres (approximately 35,000 feet) of film stock. The
best documentary film (receiving $5,000) went to Julia Loktev’s “Moment
of Impact
” and “Sladki Stolet” (“The Sweet Century“), directed by Helena
Trestikova from the Czech Republic.

[For the complete list of awards, visit the festival web site at:>]

>> Premiere Dances With Films “Unknown” Festival On Tap

Dances With Films: Festival of the Unknowns has announced the lineup of
their inaugural film festival, and it features 12 narrative features and
12 narrative shorts, plus a special screenings sidebar. The main
criteria of the films being show is that they be devoid of name stars,
actors, producers or directors, and that they receive no money from
known production companies. Some of the films programmed include
Hamptons International Film Festival vet, “The Scottish Tale,” by Mack
Pohlemus; “No Exit,” by Michael and David DiCerto; “Nebraska,” by
Michael Nash; and “Going Nomad,” by Art Jones. The festival is set to
run from July 24-30, 1998 in Los Angeles.

[For more information about the festival, check out their web site at:>]

>> Long Island Lineup Unveiled

The 15th annual Long Island Film Festival, set to run from July
17-August 1, with two world premieres and six New York premieres among
the 50 films being programmed. Included among the films are a
retrospective of New York’s Film Crash film collective and The Shooting
. Films programmed include both a competition and non-competition
lineup. Highlights of the fest include Mark Schiffer’s Long Island-set
Strong Island Boys,” Bob Gosse’s “Niagara, Niagara,” Neil Jordan’s
Butcher Boy,” Kip Koenig’s 1998 Sundance entrant “How to Make the
Cruelest Month
” and Takeshi Kitano’s “Fireworks” (“Hana-bi“).

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