'I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians' Wins Top Prize at 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Olmo Omerzu, Jiří Konečný, Ada Solomon, Radu Jude (Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary)

“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” from Romanian film director Radu Jude won the Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In the film Radu Jude takes up a massacre perpetrated by the Romanian Administration through the Romanian Army on the Eastern Front in 1941, an actual event that a young activist artist decides to stage. “As we are in the Czech Republic and my film was made with the Czech co-production, I would like to thank all the Czech people involved, primarily Jiří Konečný”, said Radu Jude.

Barry Levinson received the Právo Audience Award for his thirty-year old movie Rain Man. Levinson also received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinematography at the Closing Ceremony. “This is really a wonderful festival and an incredible experience for us. And also an extraordinary honour for a boy from Baltimore to be now granted an award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema here in the Czech Republic. Film is an artistic form that interconnects the whole world. While differing feelings drive us apart, we should bear in mind that we are in fact all quite similar,” the director expressed his gratitude.

The 54th Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from June 28th to July 6th, 2019.

53rd Karlovy Vary IFF Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION

GRAND JURY
Mark Cousins, United Kingdom
Zrinka Cvitešić, Croatia
Marta Donzelli, Italy
Zdeněk Holý, Czech Republic
Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands

GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE (25 000 USD)

“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” / „Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra cabarbari”
Directed by: Radu Jude
Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany, 2018

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (15 000 USD)

Sueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis
Directed by: Ana Katz
Argentina, Brasil, France, 2018

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD

Olmo Omerzu for the film Winter Flies / Všechno bude
Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, 2018

BEST ACTRESS AWARD

Mercedes Morán for her role in the film Sueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis
Directed by: Ana Katz
Argentina, Brasil, France, 2018

BEST ACTOR AWARD

Moshe Folkenflik for his role in the film Redemption / Geula
Directed by: Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Israel, 2018

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

Jumpman / Podbrosy
Directed by: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France, 2018

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

History of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni
Directed by: Sonja Prosenc
Slovenia, Italy, Norway, 2018

EAST OF THE WEST – COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST JURY
Peter Badač, Slovakia
Iris Elezi, Albania
Myriam Sassine, Lebanon
Dounia Sichov, France
Andrei Tănăsescu, Romania

EAST OF THE WEST GRAND PRIX (15 000 USD)

Suleiman Mountain / Suleiman gora
Directed by: Elizaveta Stishova
Kyrgyzstan, Russia, 2017

EAST OF THE WEST SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (10 000 USD)

Blossom Valley / Virágvölgy
Directed by: László Csuja
Hungary, 2018

DOCUMENTARY FILMS – COMPETITION

DOCUMENTARY FILMS JURY
Raúl Camargo, Chile
M. Siam, Egypt
Diana Tabakov, Czech Republic

GRAND PRIX FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (5 000 USD)

Putin’s Witnesses / Svideteli Putina
Directed by: Vitaly Mansky
Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, 2018

DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Walden / Walden
Directed by: Daniel Zimmermann
Switzerland, Austria, 2018

PRÁVO AUDIENCE AWARD

Rain Man / Rain Man
Directed by: Barry Levinson
USA, 1988

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Tim Robbins, USA

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Barry Levinson, USA

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Robert Pattinson, United Kingdom

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO CZECHCINEMATOGRAPHY
Jaromír Hanzlík, Czech Republic

NON-STATUTORY AWARDS

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)

Awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

FIPRESCI JURY

René Marx, France
Marita Nyrhinen, Finland
Alejandra Trelles, Uruguay

Sueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis
Directed by: Ana Katz
Argentina, Brasil, France, 2018

THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD

THE ECUMENICAL JURY
Michael Otřísal, Czech Republic
Milja Radovic, United Kingdom
David Sipoš, Slovenia

Redemption / Geula
Directed by: Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Israel, 2018

Commendations

Winter Flies / Všechno bude
Directed by: Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, 2018

Miriam Lies / Miriam miente
Directed by: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
Dominican Republic, Spain 2018

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.

FEDEORA JURY
Stefan Dobroiu, Romania
Natascha Drubek, Germany
Nenad Dukić, Serbia

Suleiman Mountain / Suleiman gora
Directed by: Elizaveta Stishova
Kyrgyzstan, Russia, 2017

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD

For the best European film in the Official Selection – Competition and in the East of the West – Competition.

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL JURY
Daira Āboliņa, Latvia
Simon Blaas, Netherlands
Balázs Kalmanovits, Hungary
Jan Makosch, Germany

“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” / „Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari”
Directed by: Radu Jude
Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany, 2018

WORKS IN PROGRESS, DOCS IN PROGRESS AND EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD AT KVIFF 2018

WORKS IN PROGRESS (100,000 Euro)

JURY
Matthijs Wouter Knol, Germany
Rossitsa Valkanova, Bulgaria
Rickard Olsson, Sweden

During Works in Progress, eleven projects were presented from countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and now also the Middle East. A prize in the value of 100,000 Euro will be given to the project. The whole award consists of post-production services in UPP (60,000 Euro), Soundsquare (30,000 Euro), and a cash prize of 10,000 Euro from Barrandov Studio.

All This Victory / All This Victory
Director: Ahmad Ghossein
Producer: Georges Schoucair, Myriam Sassine, Marie-Pierre Macia, Claire Gadéa, Fabian Massah
Lebanon, France, Germany

DOCS IN PROGRESS (5,000 Euro)

JURY
Tanja Georgieva, Germany
Noemi Schory, Israel
Shane Smith, Canada

Ten projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East were presented within Docs in Progress event which introduced new documentary films that will premiere after the Karlovy Vary IFF. The winning film received a cash prize in the amount of 5,000 Euro.

The Projectionist / The Projectionist
Director: Yuriy Shylov
Producer: Gennady Kofman, Olha Beskhmelnytsina, Dirk Simon, Miroslaw Dembinski
Ukraine, Germany, Poland

A Special Mention was awarded to the Polish project Little Poland by Matej Bobrik.

EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD (50,000 Euro)

JURY
David Kořínek, Czech Republic
Dorien van de Pas, Netherlands
Christoph Terhechte, Germany

KVIFF is the first of four international film festivals in Europe to be awarding the Eurimage prize. KVIFF has selected projects for the Eurimage prize that surpass traditional film methods and are based on international cooperation. The prize was awarded in the value of 50,000 Euro. Eight Eurimages projects were presented at the KVIFF.

Normal / Normal
Director: Adele Tulli
Producer: Valeria Adilardi, Laura Romano, Luca Ricciardi
Italy, Sweden

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