52nd International Film Festival Karlovy Vary

30.06.2017 to 08.07.2017
Karlovy Vary

The Ecumenical Jury with prize winner Ofir Raul Graizer (Photo: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary)

"The Cakemaker", an Israeli-German co-production directed by Ofir Raul Graizer, won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Karlovy Vary 2017. The Krystal Globe, the Grand Prix of the festival, was awarded to the Czech competition entry "Little Crusader" directed by Vaclav Kádrnka. The Fipresci Jury of the International Film Critics awarded "Keep the Change" by US film director Rachel Israel.

12 films, from Bosnia-Hercegovina, France, Georgia, India, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Czechia, Turkey and the US constituted the international competition of the 52nd International Film Festival Karlovy Vary. Competing for awards were also the films of the "East of the West" and the Documentary Films sections. "How Victor 'TheGarlic' Took Alexey 'The Stud' to the Nursing Home" (Kak Vitka Chesnok vez Lecha Shtyrya v dom invalidov) won the East of the West Grand Prix. Best documentary was "Lots of Kids, a Monkey, and a Castle" (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) by Gustavo Salmerón from Spain. A number of information sections as "Horizon" or "Another View" added to the festival programme which included about 200 films. 

Link: Festival website


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With a gentle approach, the film portrays a journey towards acceptance and the pursuit of love. The unique bond formed between the characters strengthens a healing process that brings them a new life. It allows the viewer to connect to the most important of human values, something that overcomes all prejudices: love.