The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019 is over. Guests attended the closing ceremony to receive the awards, walking on the red carpet. Among others, it was the Czech cameraman Vladimír Smutný and the actress Patricia Clarkson.
The non-statutory prizes required a ceremony The International Film Critics Award was awarded to the Spanish film The August Virgin, the Ecumenical Jury Prize went to the German film Lara. Special mention belonged to the film Budiž světlo co-produced by the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Europa Cinemas Label was received by a film from the young Estonian director Martti Helde, Scandinavian Silence. The story of a complicated sibling relationship gains the form of various forms of silence. Not only an impressive camera and excellent music, but also a pure filmmaking approach, a powerful script and an original way of narration, draw the viewer into the story.
Two american actresses took over Honorary Awards and a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema this year. Julianne Moore at the opening ceremony and Patricia Clarkson at the closing ceremony, saying:
“I got a wonderful award. Karlovy Vary has given energy to my soul. I don't want to go home, I just want to have my dog sent here and stay.”
The prize of the President of the KVIFF for his contribution to Czech cinematography was presented by Jiří Bartoška to cameraman Vladimír Smutný.
This year, 12,521 visitors, of which 10,363 with a festival pass, 395 filmmakers, 1,158 film professionals and 605 journalists accredited. There were 497 screenings during the festival and 139,271 tickets were sold. A total of 177 films were screened, including 156 feature films and 29 documentary films. Out of the films presented at the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF, the festival had 34 world premieres, 8 international and 6 European premieres. 206 screenings were personally presented by a filmmakers' delegation.