The juries for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12) handed out prizes in four competition categories Saturday night at the Hotel Thermal at a ceremony punctuated by slippery girls in black bikinis sliding across a watery stage. “Karlovy Vary is the face of this country,” Miñarro told the crowd before a screening of the hilarious dark Argentinian comedy “Wild Tales.”
The grand jury for the official competition (Luis Miñarro, Spain, president of the Jury, Mira Fornay, Slovakia, Phedon Papamichael, Greece, Kjartan Sveinsson, Iceland and Viktor Tauš, Czech Republic) awarded the $25,000 Grand Prix Crystal Globe for the producer and director to “Corn Island” (“Simindis kundzuli”), directed by George Ovashvili and financed by Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.
A special jury prize of $15,000 went to the director and producer of “Free Fall” (“Szabadesés”), directed by György Pálfi, and financed by Hungary, France, and South Korea. Pálfi also won for Best Director.
American Elle Fanning took home Best Actress for Jeff Preiss’s Sundance debut “Low Down,” making its international premiere here. Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger produced the film, which Oscilloscope will release stateside. “She channels light from above,” said director Preiss.