Poland's "My Nikifor" wins Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary film festival
The 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the country's biggest annual cultural events, has come to an end. Held every year in the picturesque west Bohemian spa town, a record 142,506 viewers - almost 20,000 more than last year - flocked to see 517 screenings. On Saturday, the festival closed with its traditional award ceremony.
"I am very happy about the awards because this film represents five of my most hard-working years in filmmaking. It took just a few months to make the movie but it took five whole years to prepare and gather the material for it!"
To the surprise of many, the role of Nikifor was not played by a man but a very jovial and energetic 80-year-old woman - Krystyna Feldman, who won the Best Actress award for a performance that the grand jury unanimously agreed, was stunning and very convincing:
"This means a lot to me because it is a prestigious award, given by film critics, actors, and other experts in the field. Such an award helps an actor like me grow new wings to rise again."
For a complete list of winners and synopses of the movies screened please visit the official festival website at www.iffkv.cz