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Radu Jude’s “Barbarians” bags the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF

Radu Jude’s “Barbarians” bags the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF
Olmo Omerzu, Jiří Konečný, Ada Solomon, Radu Jude
(Courtesy: KVIFF)

The Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival went to the new film by recognized director Radu Jude titled “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians.”

The film, made in the co-production with the Czech Republic, among others, reconstructs a ghastly incident and ingeniously updates Hannah Arendt’s incisive work on the banality of evil. Employing an uncompromising narrative form a la Godard, it demonstrates that committing brutal acts is not the only path to barbarism, for even a mere stunted conscience is enough to lead a person to it.

“As we are in the Czech Republic and my film was made with the Czech co-production, I would like to thank all the Czech people involved, primarily Jiři Konečný,” said Jude.  

The jury, consisting this year of Mark Cousins, Zrinka Cvitešić, Marta Donzelli, Zdeněk Holý and Nanouk Leopold, awarded the Special Jury Prize to “Sueño Florianopolis” by Argentinian director Any Katz — a humorous and melancholic movie, for which Mercedes Moran received the Best Actress Award also.

The Best Actor Award went to Moshe Folkenflik for his part in the Israeli film “Geula.”

​Olmo Omerzu, born in Slovenia and currently living in the Czech Republic, was selected to receive the Best Director Award for his road movie “Winter Flies.”

The Grand Jury also awarded two Special Mentions — one for the Russian co-production film “Jumpman,” and one for the Slovenian co-production film “History of Love.”

The East of the West Award went to a distinctive debut by Elizaveta Stishova’s “Suleiman Mountain,” an original account of the life in Kyrgyzstan. Special Jury Prize in the East of West Competition went to Hungarian film “Blossom Valley.”

The new film by Vitaly Mansky titled “Putin’s Witnesses,” also made in co-production with the Czech Republic, won the Documentary Films Competition. The Documentary Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film “Walden.”

Two popular actors — one Czech, Jaromir Hanzlik, and one British, Robert Pattinson, accepted the Festival President’s Award.

Barry Levinson received the Pravo Audience Award as it went to his 30-year-old movie “Rain Man.” Levinson further received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinematography at the closing ceremony.

The 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival attracted 13,080 accredited visitors, of which 10,857 were festival-pass holders, 403 filmmakers, 1,190 film professionals and 630 journalists. A total of 501 film screenings were held and 140,135 tickets sold during the film festival. The festival screened 236 films, of which 181 were fiction (143 feature-length and 38 short films) and 55 documentaries (of which 35 were feature-length and 20 short films). The next, 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will take place from June 28 to July 6, 2019.

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