53rd International Film Festival Karlovy Vary

29.06.2018 to 07.07.2018
Karlovy Vary

The Israeli film "Geula" (Redemption), directed by Joseph Admony and Boaz Yehonatan Yakov, is the winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Karlovy Vary 2018. The jury awarded two Commendation in addition to "Všechno bude" (Winter Flies), directed by Olmo Omerzu, and to "Miriam miente" (Miriam Lies), directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada. The main prize of the festival, the Crystal Globe, went to "„Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari” (I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians), directed by Radu Jude from Romania. For Best Direction the international festival jury presided by Mark Cousins awarded Slovenian born director Olmo Omerzu.

Since 1994 an ecumenical jury awards prizes at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary. 2018, it decided about a winner for the 25th time. On this occasion the festival in a special screening showed "Lucky" by John Carroll Lynch which won the ecumenical award at the Locarno film festival in 2017.

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A man goes through the process of redemption and reconciliation while trying to save his ill daughter. The jury awards the film for overcoming all kinds of narrow-mindedness to discover the healing beauty of openness and hope; for showing that God and humanity cannot be confined just to a set of rules and that one has to have a courage to be; and for its artistic quality where cinematography serves the story adding another dimension to the experience of the struggle it tells.

Winter Flies
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The Jury awards the film for its poetic cinematography and a story which portrays the process of changing naïve dreams and finding a new perspective of reality and home.

Miriam Lies

Using meaningful style the director tells a simple story that subtly reveals the important issues of race, social status, false dreams and growing-up with integrity.

More about the festival

The 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) was special in many ways: it revealed yet again its significance and importance for film culture, and its relevance in the world today.