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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2024: Winners and Highlights

Mark Cousins’ documentary essay, “A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things,” made waves at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) by winning the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe, the festival’s top award. The film explores the profound impact of Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s neurodiversity, with diary passages narrated by Tilda Swinton. Cousins expressed his surprise and gratitude upon receiving the $25,000 prize, emphasizing Barns-Graham’s fully lived life as an inspiration.

The festival also honored other outstanding films, including Lilja Ingolfsdottir’s “Loveable” which received the special jury prize. The Norwegian marital drama touched hearts with its deep emotional storytelling, earning it five awards in total, setting a new record at KVIFF. Additionally, Jiri Madl’s drama “Waves” received the audience award for its poignant depiction of historical events.

Nelicia Low was recognized as the best director for “Pierce,” a film following a young man’s journey after being released from prison. The acting awards went to Helga Guren for her role in “Loveable” and Ton Kas and Guido Pollemans for their performances in “Three Days of Fish.”

In the Proxima competition, Zhengfan Yang’s “Stranger” won the Grand Prix for its exploration of loneliness and identity in different hotel rooms. The documentary “Night Has Come” by Paolo Tizon received the special jury prize. Notable mentions were given to other outstanding films in various categories.

The closing ceremony was a star-studded affair, with Clive Owen and Ivan Trojan receiving prestigious awards. Owen emphasized the importance of film festivals, while Trojan humorously accepted his accolade. The festival’s success was attributed to the dedicated management team led by Jiri Bartoska.

Overall, the 58th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival celebrated exceptional storytelling and cinematic achievements, solidifying its reputation as Central Europe’s premier cinema party. The event concluded with the screening of “Fingernails” and a grand closing party at the Grandhotel Pupp, marking the end of another successful year for KVIFF.

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