“It's Not the Time of My Life” Wins The Crystal Globe at the 51st KVIFF
“It’s Not the Time of My Life” Wins The Crystal Globe at the 51st KVIFF

The Hungarian film It’s Not the Time of My Life, shot by the director Szabolcs Hajdu in his own home with the members of his own family and his friends, was awarded the Crystal Globe for the Best Feature Film at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).

Szabolcs Hajdu also received the Best Actor Award for his role in the family drama.

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to an unusual romance Zoology by Russian director Ivan Tverdovskiy, about a woman who has grown a tail. Slovenian director Damjan Kozole received the Best Director Award at the honorary ceremony for his drama about fear Nightlife.

The prize for the best film of the East of the West Competition was awarded to a quasi-autobiographical debut by a Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze House of Others. The Special Jury Prize was granted to Estonian feature film The Days That Confused by Triin Ruumet.

The Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film went to an American essay about love LoveTrue by the director Alma Har’el. A Special Mention was awarded to the document Ama-San by Portuguese filmmaker Cláudia Varejão, about Japanese traditional pearl hunters. The American movie Captain Fantastic received the Právo Audience Award.

51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION

GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE

It's Not the Time of My Life / Ernelláék Farkaséknál
It’s Not the Time of My Life / Ernelláék Farkaséknál

It’s Not the Time of My Life / Ernelláék Farkaséknál
Directed by: Szabolcs Hajdu
Hungary, 2016

Eszter, her husband Farkas, and their five-year-old son Bruno are paid an unexpected visit in the middle of the night. Eszter’s sister Ernella, her husband Albert and daughter Laura have returned from a year spent in Scotland where, contrary to expectations, they weren’t able to settle down. It soon becomes clear that the two families had never really been in tune with one another. The renowned Hungarian director hails from an impressive generation of filmmaking heavyweights (Mundruczó, Pálfi, Fliegauf) and is probably the least predictable in terms of his formal approach to the given subject matter. Here Hajdu presents an uncompromising, intimate study of two families thrown together by circumstance to temporarily share an unusual apartment; his picture also demonstrates a resolve unencumbered by scruples to get at what are often painful, naked truths about human relationships. This independent movie, outstanding for its inventive production, precisely delineated characters, and performances that get under the skin, draws faithfully on the work of Cassavetes and Bergman.

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Zoology / Zoologiya
Directed by: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Russia, France, Germany, 2016

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Damjan Kozole for the film Nightlife / Nočno življenje
Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016

The lives of a wealthy married couple, a professor and a noted lawyer, change in an instant on one tragic night. Under strange circumstances, the man is found on the street in critical condition. While he’s in the hospital fighting for his life, his wife Lea tries to understand what happened and to salvage what she can… The plot of this taut, small-scale drama, in which Pia Zemljič excels in a delicately nuanced performance as the resourceful wife, takes place over a single night in the Slovenian capital. In his ninth feature, a work inspired by a true story, the renowned filmmaker paints a vivid picture of the heroine’s internal drama, yet, on a more universal level, he also critically explores the influence of social opinion and the news media upon our lives. Kozole’s co-author on this polished script highlighting a current topic was talented Croatian director and screenwriter Ognjen Sviličić (Armin, These Are the Rules).

BEST ACTRESS AWARD
Zuzana Mauréry for her role in the film The Teacher / Učiteľka
Directed by: Jan Hřebejk
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2016

BEST ACTOR AWARD
Szabolcs Hajdu for his role in the film It’s Not the Time of My Life / Ernelláék Farkaséknál
Directed by: Szabolcs Hajdu
Hungary, 2016

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
By the Rails / Dincolo de calea ferata
Directed by: Cătălin Mitulescu
Romania, Sweden, 2015

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street / Vlk z Královských Vinohrad
Directed by: Jan Němec
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France, 2016

EAST OF THE WEST – COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST GRAND PRIX

House of Others / Skhvisi sakhli
House of Others / Skhvisi sakhli

House of Others / Skhvisi sakhli
Directed by: Rusudan Glurjidze
Georgia, Russia, Spain, Croatia, 2016

It’s the beginning of the 1990s and Georgia is immersed in a civil war with the newly emerging state of Abkhazia. Those who managed to escape and now find themselves on the winning side are assigned houses previously occupied by the enemy. In the strange environment of other people’s homes, with lingering memories of the horrors experienced by the original occupants, many of these new arrivals try to start afresh. But there’s no sign of the contentment they had envisaged in their new surroundings; their old demons have come back to torment them. The director’s own harrowing experiences, faithfully conveyed onscreen twenty years later, are rendered into a tale of rootlessness, where the loss of identity, of childhood and of the very meaning of life cannot negate the protagonists’ awareness that life itself must still go on. This war picture devoid of battle scenes heightens the ineffability of the evil that accompanies armed conflict. At the same time, the debut film is a supremely auteurist work whose visual qualities hold their ground with those of Tarkovsky and Zvyagintsev, confirming the unprecedented rise of Georgian cinema.

East of the West Special Jury Prize
The Days That Confused / Päevad, mis ajasid segadusse
Directed by: Triin Ruumet
Estonia, 2016

DOCUMENTARY FILMS – COMPETITION

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

LoveTrue
LoveTrue

LoveTrue
Directed by: Alma Har’el
USA, 2016

Israeli director Alma Har’el, whose feature documentary debut Bombay Beach was a singular success, has returned after five years with her impatiently awaited second effort: a cinematic essay exposing naïve notions of the existence of something as ephemeral as “true” love that is free of pain. Three protagonists guide us through their personal stories: Alaskan stripper Blake, Hawaiian-raised freethinker Willie, and a New Yorker named Victory who sings about her sorrow. The unconventional form combines authentic material from the protagonists’ daily lives, stylized scenes probing their frequently grim pasts, and additional sequences seeking possible future trajectories for each of them. The film, which may seem too headstrong from a “rational” viewer’s perspective, uses the sharp turns of a fixed emotional course to uncover the essence of something as universal as love, whose subtle nuances surface under the hypnotic soundtrack by American musician Flying Lotus.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Ama-San
Directed by: Cláudia Varejão
Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, 2016

Právo AUDIENCE AWARD

Captain Fantastic
Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic
Directed by: Matt Ross
USA, 2016

Ben and his six children live deep in a quiet and majestic northwestern forest. Ben determines the rules governing everyday life and education, and he devotes all his time and attention to the kids, trying to teach them to be self-sufficient and to really understand their subjects of study rather than just cram it in via rote memory. While enjoying the almost perfect harmony of their fabricated paradise, however, the family is struck by tragedy and decides to head back to the city where their chosen way of life and Ben’s role as father are challenged. The charismatic Viggo Mortensen undertakes the lead as head of the likable seven-member clan, his flair for the role underpinned by his involvement in the script from the very outset. In this witty, unconventional, and touching picture, the gifted director holds a mirror up to our values and consumer lifestyle. His high-energy, visually absorbing film was a success at this year’s Cannes festival where Un Certain Regard honored Ross with Best Director.

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Willem Dafoe, USA

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Jean Reno, France

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Charlie Kaufman, USA

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO CZECH CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jiřina Bohdalová, Czech Republic

NON-STATUTORY AWARDS

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)
Awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

FIPRESCI JURY

Original Bliss (Gleißendes Glück)
Original Bliss (Gleißendes Glück)

Original Bliss / Gleißendes Glück
Directed by: Sven Taddicken
Germany, 2016

Helene Brindel’s childless marriage shows no signs of harmony, and the somber woman has also lost her faith in God. “Where are You?” she asks from behind a veil of melancholy that separates her from the real world of relative luxury in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Liberation from the emotional trap of gloomy thoughts and insomnia appears one day in the person of charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck, a self-assured and charming speaker for “new cybernetics,” which claims the ability to control reality with the mind and the possibility of “reprogramming oneself.” But a surprising secret hides behind his elegantly formulated guidelines for a lifestyle, whose self-centeredness Gluck tries to conceal with mild irony. Even viewers who know their filmographies well will be surprised by Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others), Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon), and Johannes Krisch (Revanche) as the stars of this uncommon psychological romance, a highly original adaptation of the novel of the same name by renowned Scottish writer A. L. Kennedy.

THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD

The Confessions / Le confessioni
The Confessions / Le confessioni

The Confessions / Le confessioni
Directed by: Roberto Andò
Italy, France, 2016

“They are rich, fat, and sleek. They excel in wickedness, they do not plead the cause of the orphan, they do not defend the rights of the poorest.” Such are financiers and bankers, the prime movers of global events, in the words of Carthusian monk Roberto Salus, who is attending a G8 summit of financial ministers at the invitation of IMF chief Daniel Roché. The scene is the Baltic coast at a majestic luxury hotel where state treasurers are preparing to introduce radical economic reforms that will have irreparable destructive effects on less-developed countries. The economic leaders’ overweening arrogance, however, is severely tempered when one of them is found dead in his hotel room. Salus quickly becomes the main suspect. In his new film – a new kind of philosophical suspense drama – Roberto Andò proves that supreme stylistic elegance and intellectual depth need not be mutually exclusive. He reminds us through his hero, portrayed by the inimitable Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) with cultivated grace and gentle irony, that wasting time has never harmed anyone.

FEDEORA AWARD
Awarded by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDEORA) to the best film from the East of the West – Competition

Collector / Kollektor
Collector / Kollektor

Collector / Kollektor
Directed by: Alexei Krasovskiy
Russia, 2016

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
For the best European film in the Official Selection – Competition and in the East of the West – Competition.

Original Bliss / Gleißendes Glück
Directed by: Sven Taddicken
Germany, 2016

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