At the closing awards ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Janos Szasz’s "Le Grand Cahier" (Hungary) took the top prize, the Crystal Globe, which comes with $25,000 to be split by director and producer (Sandor Soth). The film also earned the Europa Cinemas Label. (Full list of winners below.)
Based on Agota Kristof’s award-winning World War II novel "The Notebook," "Le Grand Cahier" is about 13-year-old twins who go to live with their grandmother during the war. The first feature backed by the new Hungarian Film Fund, "Le Grand Cahier" is co-produced with Austria's Amour Fou, France's Dolce Vita, Germany's Intuit and Hungary's Hunnia Film Studio.
Brit filmmaker Ben Wheatley won the special jury prize ($15,000) for "A Field In England," which opened in the UK on Friday. Czech director Jan Hrebejk won best director for his film "Honeymoon," while Czech director Alice Nellis earned the audience award for "Revival."
The Best Actress prize was shared by the ensemble--Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, and Margo Martindale-- in Lance Edmands’ "Bluebird." which also tok home the ecumenical jury award.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ("The Deep") took Best Actor for his alcoholic politician in Marteinn Thorsson’s "XL."
The jury headed by Agnieszka Holland also gave a special mention to the Polish drama "Papusza" directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. Poland’s Tomasz Wasilewski won a prize worth $20,000 for In The East of the West competition, from a separate jury. Juraj Lehotský’s "Miracle" from the Slovak and Czech Republics scored a special mention.
In the documentary competition, the jury headed by Poland’s Krzysztof Gierat gave its prizes to "Pipeline" by Vitaly Manskiy and to "Beach Boy" by UK director Emil Langballe. A special mention went to Canadian Shawney Cohen’s "The Manor."
In the Forum of Independents, the independent camera award was won by Chilean Fernando Lavanderos' "Things The Way They Are."
The FIPRESCI prize went to Yusup Razykov’s "Shame" and the FEDEORA award to "Velvet Terrorists."
Oliver Stone, who screened yet another new cut of "Alexander" as well as his "History of the United States" series (THR interview here), gave an emotional acceptance speech when accepting his Crystal Globe For Contribution to World Cinema:
“There has always been a tension that haunted me way before Vietnam. My mother; my father; life itself, all my life. All these tensions will not allow me to let this award – or any this or any others – to stop me looking for the next undiscovered land. I was born an explorer and when I cease exploring I will die. In that spirit I will say do not cease being out there young dreamers that exploration of yourselves. You will meet again and again deceit. But the next time out you will win this battle. Persist. The world Is always in need of regeneration and – filmmakers amongst others – can combine that somewhere out in this crowd. So if you can you, or several of you, can truly contribute to this world.”
The list of winners is below.