Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Final Day by Tom Clift

With the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival now well and truly in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for my (belated) final dispatch. After a week full of mostly European and North American features, the last two days brought with them a trio of Asian productions, including the highly anticipated martial arts flick from celebrated Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai.

Before I get to that, however, it’s worth mentioning the festival’s prize winners. I unfortunately missed my chance to see János Szász’s Grand Prix winning Le grand cahier, but I did catch the winner of the Special Jury Prize, the psychedelic A Field in England, and even had the opportunity to interview its director, Ben Wheatley. I also got to interview first time director Lance Edmands, whose film Bluebird deservedly took home the Best Actress award, split between its four female primaries, Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Mead and Margo Martindale (the film also won the Ecumenical Jury Prize). Best Actor, meanwhile, went to Ólafur Darri Ólafsson for his role in Marteinn Þórsson’s XL.

The local Czech film industry was represented by Jan Hřebejk, who took home the Best Director prize for the psychologically unsettling The Honeymoon (perhaps my favourite film of the festival), as well as by the Czech-Russian-German coproduction Pipeline, which claimed the gong for Best Documentary, and the Audience Award winning Revival.

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