FNE at KVIFF 2017: Prize Winners: CEE Films Sweep Awards

    Little Crusader by Václav Kadrnka Little Crusader by Václav Kadrnka

    KARLOVY VARY: The Czech/Slovak and Italian coproduction Little Crusader directed by Václav Kadrnka took home the Crystal Globe and a cash prize of 25,000 USD at the 52 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival held from 30 June to 8 July in Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.

    Films from Central and Eastern Europe made a clean sweep of all top awards in the main competition with productions and coproductions from Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia taking home all the top prizes. Critics and festival goers agreed it was a bumper year for talent in the region.

    The FIPRESCI International Critics Prize went to Keep the Change (USA) directed by Rachel Israel, while the hotly followed daily ratings of the films in the Main Competition and East of the West organised by FNE and FIPRESCI gave its highest marks in the main competition to the German/Israeli film The Cakemaker directed by Ofir Raul Graizer and in the East of the West the top film was the Georgian film Dede, a coproduction with Qatar, Ireland, Netherlands and Croatia directed by Mariam Khatchvani. To see how the FNE Critics rated the films click HERE.

    Full list of KVIFF Prize Winners

    Main Competition

    Crystal Globe for Best Film
    Little Crusader (Czechia, Slovakia)
    Directed by Václav Kadrnka
    Produced by Sirius Films
    Coproduced by Artileria and Tempesta
    Supported by the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Apulia Film Commission and the Sardegna Film Commission

    Special Jury Prize
    Men Don’t Cry / Muškarci ne plaču (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)
    Directed by Alen Drljević
    Produced by Deblokada Sarajevo
    Coproduced by Iridium Film, This and That, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa and Cineplanet
    Supported by Foundation of Cinematography Sarajevo, Slovenian Film Centre, ZDF/Arte TV, MEDIA, Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kanton Sarajevo, CineLink Market

    The Line by Peter BebjakBest Director
    Peter Bebjak for The Line / Čiara (Slovak Republic, Ukraine)
    Produced by Wandal Production
    Coproduced by: Garnet International Media Group (UA), Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (SK), HomeMedia Production (SK), Martin Kohút (SK)
    Supported by: Audiovizuálny fondCreative Europe Ukrainian State Film AgencyMinisterstvo kultúry SR, Bratislavský samosprávny kraj

    Best Actress
    Jowita Budnik and Eliane Umuhire for Birds Are Singing in Kigali / Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (Poland)
    Directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
    Produced by KOSFILM Joanna Kos-Krauze
    Coproduced by TVP, Odra-film, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Studio A
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Actor
    Alexander Yatsenko for Arrhythmia / Aritmiya (Russia, Finland, Germany)
    Directed by Boris Khlebnikov

    Special Jury Mention
    For the best First Feature Film
    Keep the Change (USA)
    Directed by Rachel Israel

    Special Jury Mention
    For the Best Newcomer
    Voica Oltean, actress in Breaking News (Romania)
    Directed by Iulia Rugină
    Produced by Hai–Hui Entertainment
    Coproduced by Libra Film Production
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre

    East of the West Competition

    Best Film
    How Viktor “the Garlic” Took Alexey “the Stud” to the Nursing Home / Kak Vitka Chesnok vez Lecha Shtyrya v dom invalidov (Russia)
    Directed by Alexander Hant

    Special Jury Prize
    Dede by Mariam KhatchvaniDede (Georgia, Qatar, Ireland, Netherlands, Croatia)
    Directed by Mariam Khatchvani
    Produced by 20 Steps
    Coproduced by Film and Music Entertainment, MP Film Production, Montauk Film Production, and JaJa Film Productions.
    Supported by the Doha Film Institute and the Georgian National Film Centre

    Documentary Competition

    Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle / Muchos hijos, un mono y un Castillo (Spain)
    Directed by Gustavo Salmerón         

    Special Jury Prize
    Atelier de conversation (Austria, France, Liechtenstein)
    Directed by Bernhard Braunstein

    Pravo Audience Award
    Wind River (USA)
    Directed by Taylor Sheridan

    Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema
    Ken Loach

    Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema
    Paul Laverty

    Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema
    James Newton Howard

    Festival President’s Award
    Uma Thurman

    Festival President’s Award
    Casey Affleck

    Festival President’s Award
    Jeremy Renner

    Festival President’s Award for Contribution to Czech Cinematography
    Václav Vorlíček

    Non-Statutory Awards

    FIPRESCI Award of International Film Critics
    Keep the Change (USA)
    Directed by Rachel Israel

    Ecumenical Jury Award
    The Cakemaker (Israel, Germany)
    Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer

    FEDEORA Award Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean

    Best film from the East of the West Competition
    Mariţa (Romania)
    Directed by Cristi Iftime
    Produced by HiFilm Productions
    Coproduced by deFilm

    Special Mention
    Blue Silence (Turkey, Belgium)
    Directed by Bülent Öztürk

    Europa Cinemas Label Award
    Best Film
    Men Don’t Cry / Muškarci ne plaču (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)
    Directed by Alen Drljević