Iranian feature film by Sadaf Foroughi been with hope scooped the Grand Prize in the main Crystal Globe competition at the 56th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 1-9.
The social drama revolves around a young swimming champion whose close bond with his coach draws disapproval from those around him.
been with hope is the second film by Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Foroughi after Ava which made its Toronto debut in 2017, winning the Fipresci International Critics Award.
The KVIFF Grand Prize comes with a cash prize of $25,000 to be shared equally between the director and the producer. Kiarash Anvari of Toronto-based First Generation Films is the film’s lead producer.
The jury for this year’s Crystal Globe competition included Argentinian producer Benjamin Domenech, German filmmaker Jan-Ole Gerster, Polish distributor and festival organizer Roman Gutek, international sales agent and producer Fiorella Moretti and editor and Danish screenwriter Molly Malene Stensgaard.
In other main competition prizes, the Special Jury Prize of $15,000 went to Spanish director Jonás Trueba You have to come see itby following two couples in their thirties who discuss the essentials of life between Madrid and the neighboring countryside.
Czech director Beata Parkanová and actor Martin Finger won Best Director and Best Actor respectively for Word. Set against the backdrop of the events surrounding the Russian invasion of the Czech Republic in 1968, Finger plays a respected small-town notary and family man who is pressured into joining the local branch of the Communist Party against his will.
The Best Actress award was shared by Taki Mumladze and Mariam Khundadze for their performances in Georgian director Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze’s drama about female empowerment. room of mine.
Czech director Štěpán FOK Vodrážka’s PSH Neverending Storyon three legendary rappers in their early fifties, won the People’s Choice Award.
This year marked the inaugural edition of KVIFF’s new Proxima competition. Czech director duo Adela Komrzy and Tomas Bojar won the $15,000 Proxima Grand Prize.
The Proxima jury included Filipino producer Bianca Balbuena, Icelandic documentary filmmaker Yrsa Roca Fannberg, Czech music journalist, filmmaker and writer Pavel Klusák, US distributor Michael Rosenberg and Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy.
In other Proxima awards, Spanish actor and director Eduardo Casanova won the Special Jury Prize of $10,000 for The Pieta and The uncle by Croatian directors David Kapac and Andrija Mardesic received a special mention from the jury.
A trio of honorary awards were also presented at the closing ceremony of KVIFF.
Australian actor Geoffrey Rush received a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro the Festival President’s Award and veteran Czech actor Boleslav Polivka the Festival President’s Award for his contribution to Czech cinematography.
In collateral prizes, the Bulgarian documentary feature A provincial hospital won the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the comedy-drama about Polish director Anna Kazejak’s camping vacation Fucking Bornholm won the Europa Cinema label award.
The Fipresci prizes for the best film in the Crystal and Proxima competitions have been awarded to the Polish director Tomasz Winski borders of love and Czech observational documentary Art talent show respectively.
It was the first large-scale edition of KVIFF since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The event presented 170 short and feature films in total and welcomed 10,592 accredited guests.