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Il dramma serbo As Far as I Can Walk vince il primo premio, e non solo, a Karlovy Vary

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Il dramma serbo As Far as I Can Walk vince il primo premio, e non solo, a Karlovy Vary
Il regista Stefan Arsenijevic ritira il suo Globo di Cristallo per As Far as I Can Walk (© Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary)

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The awards ceremony of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival ended up being dominated by Stefan Arsenijević’s interpretation of the classic Serbian medieval epic poem Strahinja Banović, As Far as I Can Walk [+leggi anche:
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, in which African migrants stand in for Serbian national heroes. In addition to netting the top prize, the Crystal Globe, Arsenijević’s sophomore feature took home the Best Actor Award for Ibrhaim Koma, the Ecumenical Jury Award and the Europa Cinemas Label, along with a Special Jury Mention for the film’s DoP, Jelena Stanković. As Far as I Can Walk “tells a great and humanistic love story, well balanced between accurate documentary images and timeless poetry. It’s a film taking on the harsh experiences of migration, and with an epic dimension which eventually turns into a Passion story,” commented the ecumenical jury.

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Czech documentary maker Erika Hníková received the Special Jury Prize for her observational doc Every Single Minute [+leggi anche:
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, which follows a married couple raising their young son in accordance with strict guidelines in order to make him into the best sportsman possible. Dietrich Brüggemann took home the Best Director Award for his sardonic and occasionally surreal comedy on fatherhood and the romantic tribulations of the generation of thirty-somethings,  [+leggi anche:
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. Éléonore Loiselle was awarded for her (mostly silent) performance in Nicolas Roy’s Canadian feature debut, Wars. Two more Special Jury Mentions went to Vinette Robinson for her role as sous-chef Carly in Philip Barantini’s one-shot restaurant drama Boiling Point [+leggi anche:
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and to Sonja Tarokić’s feature debut, The Staffroom [+leggi anche:
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, a dynamic drama revolving around the conflicts, agendas and power struggles in a school staffroom, which also received the Ecumenical Jury Commendation. Festival visitors voted for the domestic biopic-drama Zátopek [+leggi anche:
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by David Ondříček, which landed in local cinemas following its festival premiere – as such, it picked up the Právo Audience Award.

Vladimir Munkuev’s Yakut drama Nuuccha, revolving around the topic of the forced assimilation of nations into tsarist Russia, won the Grand Prix in the East of West Competition, with Dina Duma’s debut tragic coming-of-age drama Sisterhood [+leggi anche:
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pocketing the Special Jury Prize. Emerging Czech documentarian Adéla Komrzý received a Special Jury Mention for Intensive Life Unit [+leggi anche:
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, her documentary on palliative care in the Czech Republic, which also netted the Special Jury Mention from the FEDEORA jury, which applauded the film for “bravely tackling the sensitive topic of palliative care, opening up conversations about death being a part of life”.

The 56th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be held from 1-9 July 2022.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Crystal Globe Competition

Crystal Globe
As Far as I Can Walk [+leggi anche:
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– Stefan Arsenijević (Serbia/France/Luxembourg/Bulgaria/Lithuania)

Special Jury Prize
Every Single Minute [+leggi anche:
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– Erika Hníková (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

Best Director Award
Dietrich Brüggemann –  [+leggi anche:
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(Germany)

Best Actress Award
Éléonore Loiselle – Wars (Canada)

Best Actor Award
Ibrahim Koma - As Far as I Can Walk

Special Jury Mention
The Staffroom [+leggi anche:
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– Sonja Tarokić (Croatia)

Special Jury Mention
Vinette Robinson – Boiling Point [+leggi anche:
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(UK)

Special Jury Mention
Jelena Stanković (cinematographer) - As Far as I Can Walk

Právo Audience Award
Zátopek [+leggi anche:
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– David Ondříček (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

East of the West Competition

East of the West Grand Prix
Nuuccha – Vladimir Munkuev (Russia)

East of the West Special Jury Prize
Sisterhood [+leggi anche:
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– Dina Duma (North Macedonia/Kosovo/Montenegro)

Special Jury Mention
Intensive Life Unit [+leggi anche:
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– Adéla Komrzý (Czech Republic)

Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema
Michael Caine

Festival President’s Award for Contribution to Czech Cinema
Jan Svěrák

Festival President’s Award
Ethan Hawke

Non-statutory Awards

Award of International Film Critics
The Exam [+leggi anche:
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- Shawkat Armin Korki (Germany/Iraq/Qatar)

Ecumenical Jury Award
As Far as I Can Walk – Stefan Arsenijević

Ecumenical Jury Commendation
The Staffroom – Sonja Tarokić

FEDEORA Award
Otar’s Death [+leggi anche:
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– Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze (Georgia/Germany/Lithuania)

FEDEORA Jury Special Mention
Intensive Life Unit – Adéla Komrzý

Europa Cinemas Label
As Far as I Can Walk – Stefan Arsenijević

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