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Karlovy Vary's Crystal Globe goes to The Mosquito Net

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Karlovy Vary's Crystal Globe goes to The Mosquito Net

The 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival concluded with a celebration of European cinema, with most awards going to films from all corners of the Continent.

Agustí Vila's film The Mosquito Net [+see also:
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took the Grand Prix and a $30,000 cash award at the gala closing ceremony July 10. The Mosquito Net stars Eduard Fernández and Emma Suárez as a married couple who have become strangers to one another and to themselves. The film, which had its world premiere at the festival, also received the Don Quijote Prize, presented by the International Federation of Film Societies.

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The grand jury presented a Special Jury Award and $20,000 to Czech director Jan Svěrák’s Kooky [+see also:
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(see festival review), an animated adventure about a lost toy's odyssey back home.

The award for Best Director went to Rajko Grlić for his bittersweet film Just Between Us [+see also:
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, starring Miki Manojlović as an aging Lothario. Just Between Us also received the Europa Cinemas Label and will receive promotional support and be screened at cinemas in the Europa Cinemas network.

Anaïs Demoustier (see video interview) was named Best Actress for her role as a teenage temptress in Olivier Coussemacq's Sweet Evil [+see also:
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. Mateusz Kościukiewicz and Filip Garbacz shared Best Actor honors for their performances as brothers in Paweł Sala's thriller Mother Teresa of Cats [+see also:
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In the festival's East of the West competition Cristi Puiu's Aurora [+see also:
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won the top prize, with Special Mention going to Veiko Õunpuu's The Temptation of St. Tony [+see also:
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(see festival review).

British director Christopher Morris' Four Lions [+see also:
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, a daring comedy about terrorism, won the Independent Camera award in the festival's Forum of Independents competition.

The FIPRESCI jury presented its award to Frédéric Sojcher's enlightening mockumentary Hitler in Hollywood [+see also:
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(see video interview with director), in which Maria de Medeiros uncovers a historical plot against the European film industry.

Danish director Nikolaj Steen's comedy Oldboys won the popular vote for the Audience Award.

Karlovy Vary presented several leading international filmmakers with awards. Jude Law received the Festival President's Award, while Nikita Mikhalkov and Juraj Herz each received a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

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