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KVIFF 47, AWARDS AND COMMENTS, A TALE OF FOUR WOMAN by Alex Deleon   SUSAN SARANDON AT KARLOVY VARY The 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival closed shop on Saturday July 7 with the customary gala awards ceremony and a screening of Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" in the vast 1,500 seat Grand Hall (Velky Zal) of the Thermal Hotel. This was followed by the usual swanky closing reception at the stately Hapsburg era Hotel Pupp (Pronounced "poop&quo...

Karlovy 2008 Remains Faithful to Tradition of Rewarding Unknowns

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A star studded jury confronted with a slate of second rate films in the international competition section (par for the course at Karlovy Vary because more important festivals gobble up the better films) had to sweat it out for five hours before arriving at their decisions on the main awards. The Grand jury composed of such luminaries as British actress Brenda Blethyn, Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing), ace Hungarian-American camerman Vilmos Zsigmond, and presided over by Czech-Americ...

Aged Brit Dracula Wows Czechs with Aria from "The Battered Bride" at Karlovy Vary

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45th Karlovy Vary IFF Senior American superstar actor Robert De Niro (65 in August) was the trophy guest of the 45th Karlovy Vary film festival where he received a crystal globe career award for his "extraordinary contribution to world cinema" at the opening ceremony on July Fourth. But the real star of the festival here in the Bohemian valley of eternal thermal springs has turned out to be 86 year old British actor Christopher Lee who dazzled the Czech press and fans with his exraordinary knowl...

Ivan Passer will head Karlovy Vary Jury

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Writer and director Ivan Passer, one of the most respected representatives of the Czech new wave of the 1960s, will head up the International Grand Jury at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF. He cowrote and assistant directed Miloš Forman’s Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. Passer then debuted as a director with the short film A Boring Afternoon, following it up in 1965 with Intimate Lighting, one of the key Czech films of the era. After the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968, Passer emigrated to ...

Karlovy Vary Festival gives its prizes and wraps the 42nd edition

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42nd KV IFF AwardsThe 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday night with a ceremony at the Grand Hall of the Thermal hotel at which the U.S. actor, director and producer Danny DeVito was presented with a Crystal Globe award for outstanding contribution to world cinema. The Crystal Globe Grand Prix went to the Icelandic film Jar City (Mýrin) by director Baltasar Kormákur.(The 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 4 – 12, 2008)OFFICIAL SELECTION - COMPE...

Karlovy Vary gives its prizes

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The 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday night with a ceremony at the Grand Hall of the Thermal hotel at which the U.S. actor, director and producer Danny DeVito was presented with a Crystal Globe award for outstanding contribution to world cinema. The Crystal Globe Grand Prix went to the Icelandic film Jar City (Mýrin) by director Baltasar Kormákur.42nd KV IFF Awards(The 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 4 – 12, 2008)OFFICIAL SELECTION - COMPE...

Sherrybaby Wins Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary

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KARLOVY PRIZES ANNOUNCED: AND THE WINNERS WERE ...GRAND PRIX -- CRYSTAL GLOBE (20,000 USD CASH!)Surprisingly, to the American independent film "Sherrybaby" the feature debut of Laurie Collyer, 2005. Former drug addict Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is released from prison where she did time for robbery, and so on ... Considering that all the other main competition pictures were darkhorses as well, maybe this award is not so surprising. Too bad this festival doesn't have bookies and pari-mutuel bet...

Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe for My Nikifor

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The winning feature film in the Competition Section was announced july 9th during the course of the closing ceremony of the 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival’s grand prix, the Crystal Globe, was awarded by a unanimous jury to the Polish film My Nikifor (Mój Nikifor) and the trophy was presented to the director Krzysztof Krauze and producers Juliusz Machulski and Wojciech Danowski. The Special Jury Prize was won by the Israeli film What a Wonderful Place (Eize makom n...

Karlovy Vary prizes

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The 39th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 2 -10), a non-specialized festival with a competition of full-length feature films and a competition of documentary films came to a conclusion July 10 and awarded its prizes:The Grand Jury includedAl Ruban – President of the Jury, USAFlorinda Bolkan, ItalySimon Field, Great BritainKatarzyna Figura, PolandHong Sang-soo, KoreaVladimir Mashkov, RussiaAlice Nellis, Czech RepublicGRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE (20 000 USD)Certi bambini (A Childr...

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