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Balkan films awarded at Karlovy Vary IFF 2015
13 July 2015
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Very successful for the Balkan films and co-productions participating was the 50th anniversary of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Eastern Europe΄s grand festival ended Saturday night with quite a crop for Balkan cinema. 

Filmmaker Visar Morina thanking the Jury (photo by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary)

First-time director Visar Morina won the Best Director Award at the Official Selection – Competition for his film Father (Germany/Kosovo*/FYROM/France, 2015). The film also won the Europa Cinemas Label Award. In the same section, Anca Damian΄s The Magic Mountain (Romania/France/Poland, 2015), went away with the Special Jury Mention.

Anca Damian with the Official Selection – Competition Specal Jury Mention (photo by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary)

On the East of the West – Competition, Nicolae Constantin Tanase ΄s The World Is Mine (Romania, 2015) got a Special Jury Mention, while, the FIPRESCI Award went to the film Box by Florin Serban (Romania/Germany/France, 2015).

At the Industry Days, the festival΄s industry section, the Works in Progress 2015 Award was given to the project Park by Sofia Exarchou (Greece). The project will receive 10,000 Euros in services.

Director and producer of Park, Sofia Exarhou and Amanda Livanou (photo by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary)

Four Balkan co-productions were included at the top-10 list of films competing for the Lux Prize 2015, which will be awarded at the end of the year in Strasbourg. The films are Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France/Germany/Turkey, 2015), Toto And His Sisters by Alexander Nanau (Romania, 2014), The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece, 2014) and The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić (Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia, 2015).

On the rest of the awards, U.S. independent movie Bob and the Trees by Diego Ongaro won the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe and the Ecumenical Jury Award, Helena Trestikova΄s doc Mallory from Czech Republic got the Best Documentary Film over 60 Minutes Award, while Paolo Sorrentino΄s latest Youth went away with the Audience Award. American veteran Harvey Keitel, who starred on the film alongside Michael Caine, was the festival΄s special guest, so was another American veteran, actor Richard Gere. 

Source: Karlovy Vary IFF official website
  The World is Mine
  The Lesson
  Toto and His Sisters
  The High Sun
  The Magic Mountain
  Dalibor Matanic
  Florin Serban
  Anca Damian
  Nicolae Constantin Tanase
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Alexander Nanau
  Deniz Gamze Erguven
  Visar Morina
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