Karlovy Vary announces prizes

As Far As I Can Walk takes top honour

by Amber Wilkinson

Crystal Globe winner As Far As I Can Walk
Crystal Globe winner As Far As I Can Walk Photo: Courtesy of Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Stefan Arsenijevic's As Far As I Can Walk took home the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The film is an interpretation of the classic medieval Serbian epic poem Strahinja Banović, replacing Serbian national heroes with contemporary African migrants.

The film, which is Asenijevic's second feature after 2008's Love And Other Crimes, also saw star Ibrahim Koma take the best actor prize. Canadian Éléonore Loiselle was named best actress for her role as a soldier in Nicolas Roy's Wars.

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to documentary Every Single Minute, directed by Erika Hnikova, which considers a family's single-minded focus on their child. The Best Director prize went to Dietrich Brüggemann for Nö.

The East of the West Grand Prix went to Nuuccha, a drama about a bereaved Yakutian couple forced to take in a Russian political prisoner, directed by Vladimir Munkuev.

The audience award went to sports drama Zatopek, directed by David Ondricek which charts a meeting between Australian runner Ron Clarke and long-distance runner Emil Zatopek.

The full list of awards is below:

Crystal Globe
As Far as I Can Walk; Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević; Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

Special Jury Prize
Every Single Minute; Directed by: Erika Hníková; Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021

Best Director
Dietrich Brüggemann for Nö ;Germany, 2021

Best Actress
Éléonore Loiselle for Wars; Canada, 2021

Best Actor
Ibrahim Koma for As Far as I Can Walk; Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

Special Jury Mentions
The Staffroom; Directed by: Sonja Tarokić; Croatia, 2021

Vinette Robinson for her performance in Boiling Point; United Kingdom, 2020

Jelena Stanković for cinematography in As Far as I Can Walk; Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

Audience Awardb
Zátopek; Directed by: David Ondříček; Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021

East Of The West Grand Prix
Nuuccha; Directed by: Vladimir Munkuev; Russia, 2021

East Of The West Grand Jury Prize
Sisterhood; Directed by: Dina Duma; North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, 2021

Special Jury Mention
Intensive Life Unit; Directed by: Adéla Komrzý; Czech Republic, 2021

FIPRESCI Jury Award
Exam; Directed by: Shawkat Amin Korki; Germany, Iraqi Kurdistan, Qatar, 2021

Ecumenical Jury Award
As Far as I Can Walk; Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević; Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

Ecumenical Jury Special Mention
Every Single Minute; Directed by: Erika Hníková; Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021

Fedeora Award
Otar's Death; Directed by: Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze; Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, 2021

Fedeora Special Mention
Intensive Life Unit; Directed by: Adéla Komrzý; Czech Republic, 2021

Europa Cinemas Label Award
As Far as I Can Walk; Directed by: Stefan Arsenijević; Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania, 2021

Crystal Globe For Outstanding Contribution To World Cinema
Michael Caine

Festival President's Award for Contribution to Czech Cinematography
Jan Svěrák

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