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Karlovy Vary Film Festival: Main Prize Goes to Mark Cousins

Karlovy Vary Film Festival: Main Prize Goes to Mark Cousins

The Grand Prix at the 58th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival goes to the latest documentary by British director Mark Cousins. The 59-year-old personally accepted the crystal ball at the closing ceremony in the Czech spa town. His film tells the story of a crucial turning point in the life of British abstract painter Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham (1912-2004).

The artist visited the mountains of Grindelwald, Switzerland, in 1949, which led to a whole series of abstract ice paintings. Today, the ice has long since shrunk dramatically, which is seen as an example of the consequences of global warming. The documentary is titled “A Surprising Glimpse into Deeper Things” – roughly translated: A Surprising Glimpse into Deeper Things. The main prize is worth around 23,000 euros.

The award for best director went to Singaporean director Nelisia Lo for her feature film “Pierce,” about a young fencer and his older brother who has just been released from prison. Norway’s Helga Guerin was named best actress, while Dutchmen Ton Kaas and Guido Pollemans were honored as best actors. British film star Clive Owen, known for “Hawtnah – Closer” (2004) and “Gosford Park” (2001), received the festival’s honorary chairman’s award at the ceremony. Owen said he had filmed a lot in and around Prague and had made some friends in the Czech Republic.

In total, there were more than 130 feature films and documentaries on the programme at Karlovy Vary this year. Founded in 1946, the film festival, which initially alternated with its counterpart in Moscow, is one of the oldest in the world. Every summer it turns the picturesque seaside resort in the western Czech Republic into a party hotspot, attracting visitors from home and abroad. This year, more than 127,000 tickets were sold for the screenings.

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