The Father (Bashtata) directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
The Father (Bashtata) directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival ran June 28th to July 6th, and today the festival’s juries presented awards for the best films at the closing ceremony. The Father (Bashtata) directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov won the $25,000 top prize, the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe.

The small-scale family drama follows Vasil, who after losing his wife Ivanka, believes that she is using his phone to reach him from beyond the grave, so he enlists the services of a psychic to try to make contact with her. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way…

The 55th Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 3rd to July 11th, 2020.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION

GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE (25 000 USD)
The Father / Bashtata
Directed by: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria, Greece, 2019

The Father / Bashtata Trailer

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (15 000 USD)
Lara / Lara
Directed by: Jan-Ole Gerster
Germany, 2019

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Tim Mielants for the film Patrick / De Patrick
Belgium, 2019

BEST ACTRESS AWARD
Corinna Harfouch for her role in the film Lara / Lara
Directed by: Jan-Ole Gerster
Germany, 2019

BEST ACTOR AWARD
Milan Ondrík for his role in the film Let There Be Light / Nech je svetlo
Directed by: Marko Škop
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2019

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
The August Virgin / La virgen de agosto
Directed by: Jonás Trueba
Spain, 2019

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Promising new talent Antonia Giesen for her role in the film The Man of the Future / El hombre del futuro
Directed by: Felipe Ríos
Chile, Argentina, 2019

EAST OF THE WEST – COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST GRAND PRIX (15 000 USD)
The Bull / Byk
Directed by: Boris Akopov
Russia, 2019

EAST OF THE WEST SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (10 000 USD)
My Thoughts Are Silent / Moi dumki tikhi
Directed by: Antonio Lukich
Ukraine, 2019

DOCUMENTARY FILMS – COMPETITION

GRAND PRIX FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (5 000 USD)
Immortal / Surematu
Directed by: Ksenia Okhapkina
Estonia, Latvia, 2019

DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Confucian Dream / Kongzi meng
Directed by: Mijie Li
China, 2019

PRÁVO AUDIENCE AWARD
Jiří Suchý – Tackling Life with Ease / Jiří Suchý – Lehce s životem se prát
Directed by: Olga Sommerová
Czech Republic, 2019

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Julianne Moore, USA

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Patricia Clarkson, USA

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO CZECH CINEMATOGRAPHY
Vladimír Smutný, Czech Republic

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