The big winner of the 49th Karlovy Vary Film Festival is George Ovashvili’s ‘Corn Island’, a co-production of Georgia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan. The film takes place by the Inguri river, located at the border of Georgia with Abkhazia and tells the story of a middle aged farmer and his granddaughter and the magic of nature. ‘Corn Island’ won the Crystal Globe for Best Film and a prize of 25,000 USD.
The Special Jury Prize of 15,000 USD was awarded to Gyorgy Palfi’s ‘Free Fall’, a co-production of Hungary, France and South Korea. The Hungarian director also won this year’s Crystal Globe for Best Director as well as the Europa Cinemas Label Award.
“I wish for every director to have an audience like you. Do you know why I am Karlovy Vary’s best director today? Because I have such a great crew. I wouldn’t have made it here without you” Palfi said.
George Ovashvili with his Crystal Globe for ‘Corn Island’
The Best Actress Award went to Elle Fanning for her role in Jeff Preiss’ ‘Low Down’ and Best Actor went to Nahuel Pérez Biscayart for his role in the film ‘Je suis à toi’, directed by David Lambert.
In the ‘East of the West’ competition, where Yannis Veslemes participated with ‘Norway’, the prize went to the Russian-German co-production ‘Corrections Class’ by young Russian director Ivan Tverdovsky. Ivan Ikić’s ‘Barbarians’ receved and special mention. ‘The East of the West’ program features debut or sophomore efforts of directors from central and eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and former countries of the Soviet Union. Amanda Livanos also from Greece, was a member of this year’s ‘East of the West’ jury.
The Crystal Globe for Best Documentary was awarded to Teodora Ana Mihai’s ‘Waiting for August’ from Belgium. Lisa Weber’s ‘Steadiness/Sitzfleisch’ received a special mention.
The award for Best Documentary Under 30 minutes went to ‘Autofocus’, which was directed by Boris Poljak from Croatia. Argentine director Manuel Abramovich’s ‘The Queen’ received a special mention.
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
From Germany, Ester Amrami’s ‘Anywhere Else’ won this year’s 5,000 euro Forum of Independents award and the Audience Award went to ‘The Magic Voice of a Rebel’ by Olga Sommerova’s from the Czech Republic.
Finally, this year’s International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award went to Signe Baumane’s ‘Rocks In My Pockets’ which also received a special mention by the main jury.
A handful of films from Greece were present at Karlovy Vary this year. Yannis Veslemes’ feature-length debut ‘Norway’ had its world premiere at this year’s festival in the ‘East of the West’ section. Angelos Frantzis’ ‘Symptom’ participated in the ‘Works In Progress’ section while four more Greek films were screened: Panos H. Koutras’ ‘Xenia’, Athanasios Karanikolas’ ‘At Home’, Yannis Oikonomides’ ‘Mikro Psari’ and Danilo Caputo’s ‘Late Season’ – a Greek co-production.
The next Karlovy Vary Film Festival will take place July 3-11, 2015.