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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Presents Top Prize to ‘Blaga’s Lessons’

Yesterday, the 57th Karlovy Vary Film Festival wrapped up. Awards were handed out, with the top prize, the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, going to the Bulgarian crime drama Blaga’s Lessons. That movie also took Best Actress for Eli Skorcheva. The rest of the prizes can be seen below.

Here are all of the Karlovy Vary winners for this year:

Grand Prix Crystal Globe – “Blaga’s Lessons” (Bulgaria, Germany) Directed by Stephan Komandarev

Special Jury Prize – “Empty Nets” (Germany, Iran) Directed by Behrooz Karamizade

Best Director – Babak Jalali, “Fremont” (U.S.)

Best Actress – Eli Skorcheva, “Blaga’s Lessons” (Bulgaria, Germany)

Best Actor – Herbert Nordrum, “The Hypnosis” (Sweden, Norway, France)

Special Jury Mention – “Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano” (Germany, Lebanon) Directed by Cyril Aris

Proxima Grand Prize – “Birth” (South Korea) Directed by Yoo Ji-young

Proxima Special Jury Prize – “Guras” (India, Nepal) Directed by Saurav Rai

Special Jury Mention – “Brutal Heat” (Czech Republic, Slovakia) Directed by Albert Hospodarsky

Ecumenical Jury Grand Prize – “Blaga’s Lessons” (Bulgaria, Germany) Directed by Stephan Komandarev

Ecumenical Jury Commendation – “Citizen Saint” (Georgia, France, Bulgaria) Tinatin Kajrishvili

FIPRESCI Prize – “The Hypnosis” (Sweden, Norway, France) Directed by Ernst De Geer

FIPRESCI Prize, Proxima Section – “Imago” (Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic)

Europa Cinemas Label – “The Hypnosis” (Sweden, Norway, France) Directed by Ernst De Geer


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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