Honours for Hungary

Karlovy Vary bestows its top awards.

by Richard Mowe

The Hungarian film Le Grand Cahier (A Nagy Füzet) directed by János Szász took the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this weekend (6/7July). The prize is worth 25,000 dollars, shared between the producer and the director of the film in which two teenage twin brothers are confronted with the horrors and realities of war.

Sandor Söth producer of the film Le Grand Cahier ((A Nagy Füzet) with the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe.
Sandor Söth producer of the film Le Grand Cahier ((A Nagy Füzet) with the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe.

Other accolades bestowed by the jury head by Polish director Agnieszka Holland went to Ben Wheatley's low budget A Field In England (with a 15,000 dollar award) while the best director honour was awarded to Jan Hřebejk for Honeymoon / Líbánky from the Czech Republic. The best actress award was shared by Amy Morton for her role in Bluebird by Lance Edmands (a US-Swedish co-production) with her co-actors Louisa Krause, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale.

The best actor award was won by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson for his role as a debauched politician in the Icelandic film XL, directed by: Marteinn Þórsson. The jury gave a special mention to the Polish film Papusza, directed by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze.

Another Polish production, Floating Skyscrapers / Płynące wieżowce, directed by Tomasz Wasilewski, won the top prize in the East of the West section which is worth 20,000 dollars to the film-makers.

The audience award went to the home-grown Revival, directed by Alice Nellis.

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