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Karlovy Vary Awards: Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' & 'Bluebird' Among Winners

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by Jessica Kiang
July 6, 2013 4:25 PM
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A Field In England

...and so our short sojourn to the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival draws to a close. Our time here this year was so brief that we feel guilty in not having seen more of the films In Competition, and across the various diverse and always thoughtfully-stocked sidebars, but now that the awards have been announced, we know we’ll have a starting point for all the catching up we’ve got to do.

The winner of the Grand Prix is one of the films we didn’t have a chance to see, Janos Szasz’s “The Notebook” (“Le Grand Cahier”). Szasz is a Hungarian director whose 1994 “Woyzeck,” based on the same source material as Werner Herzog’s 1979 film of the same name, won him quite some acclaim at festivals around the world. “The Notebook” was rumored for a Cannes sidebar bow at one point, but obviously having its international premiere here has served it well. Based on the novel “Le Grand Cahier” by Agota Kritóf (and not the one by Nicolas Sparks), the film tells the story of two brothers living in wartime Hungary under the tyrannical rule of a cruel grandmother. We look forward to checking it out.

Also of note, two films we have seen: Ben Wheatley’s muddy mindfuck “A Field In England” picked up the Special Jury Prize, which is a great mark of how this festival is happy to celebrate more challenging, provocative and potentially divisive fare (we loved it -- you can read the review here). And it was a good night for the U.S., too, with one of our Tribeca favorites, Lance Edmand’s “Bluebird,” sharing the Best Actress Prize among its four principal females, Amy Morton, Margo Martindale, Emily Meade and Louisa Krause, and also scooping the Ecumenical Jury Prize.

Best Actor went to Ólafur Darri Ólafsson for Icelandic film “XL” in which he apparently gives a powerful, dominating performance that is at the opposite end of the spectrum from his turn in Iceland’s Oscar entry “The Deep,” which we liked quite a bit when we saw it in Goteborg.

And the home crowd also had something to cheer about as Best Director went to Czech Jan Hřebejk for his film “Honeymoon.” The concluding part of a trilogy, “Honeymoon” is conceived as a psychological drama about guilt and the past haunting the present, set off when an uninvited guest appears at a wedding celebration.

The winners in full are listed below:

OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION

GRAND JURY

Agnieszka Holland, Poland (president of the Jury)

Ivo Andrle, Czech Republic

Frédéric Boyer, France

Alon Garbuz, Israel

Claudia Llosa, Peru

Meenakshi Shedde, India

Sigurjon "Joni" Sighvatsson, Iceland

GRAND PRIX - CRYSTAL GLOBE (25 000 USD)

The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.

Le grand cahier / A nagy füzet

Directed by: János Szász

Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, 2013

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (15 000 USD)

The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.

A Field in England

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

United Kingdom, 2013

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD

Jan Hřebejk

for the film Honeymoon / Líbánky

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2013

BEST ACTRESS AWARD

Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale

for the film Bluebird

Directed by: Lance Edmands

USA, Sweden, 2012

BEST ACTOR AWARD

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

for his role in the film XL

Directed by: Marteinn Þórsson

Iceland, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION

Papusza

Directed by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Poland, 2013

EAST OF THE WEST – FILMS IN COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST JURY

Éva Vezér, Hungary (chairwoman)

Peter Paul Huth, Germany

Maja Miloš, Serbia

Piotr Mularuk, Poland

Sergej Stanojkovski, Germany

EAST OF THE WEST AWARD (20 000 USD)

Floating Skyscrapers / Płynące wieżowce

Directed by: Tomasz Wasilewski

Poland, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION

Miracle / Zázrak

Directed by: Juraj Lehotský

Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2013

DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM OVER 30 MINUTES LONG (5 000 USD)

Pipeline / Truba

Directed by: Vitaly Manskiy

Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, 2013

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM UNDER 30 MINUTES LONG (5 000 USD)

Beach Boy

Directed by: Emil Langballe

United Kingdom, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION

The Manor

Directed by: Shawney Cohen

Canada, 2013

FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS

INDEPENDENT CAMERA AWARD

Things the Way They Are / Las cosas como son

Directed by: Fernando Lavanderos

Chile, 2012

AUDIENCE AWARD

Revival

Directed by: Alice Nellis

Czech Republic, 2013

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA

Theodor Pištěk, Czech Republic

Oliver Stone, USA

John Travolta, USA

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT´S AWARD

Vojtěch Jasný, Czech Republic

NON-STATUTORY AWARDS

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)

Shame / Styd

Directed by: Yusup Razykov

Russia, 2013

THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD

Bluebird

Directed by: Lance Edmands

USA, Sweden, 2012

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1 Comment

  • TheoC | July 7, 2013 1:33 AMReply

    Weird that Wheatley's prize money would have an impact on his Budget, considering how cheaply the movie was made.
    Stuff.

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