Hungarian director Janos Szasz’s film ‘Le grand cahier’ has won the top prize at the 48th Karlovy Vary international film festival.
The movie – a co-production between Hungary, Germany, Austria and France – is about 13-year-old twin brothers forced to live with their cruel grandmother at the end of World War II
Based on a debut novel by Hungarian author Agota Kristof, it was chosen from 14 contenders for the Crystal Globe by the festival’s grand jury led by Polish director Agnieszka Holland.
Producer Sándor Söth said: “It’s a war film but without the war. It’s about two children and their psychological development through the war and the damage war can do to children, which is not a Second World War theme, it’s a theme of today”.
In a special section, the festival honours movies from Eastern Europe. This year’s prize went to Polish film ‘Floating Skyscrapers’ by young filmmaker Tomasz Wasilewski.
“My movie is about love actually, love between a boy and a girl, boy and boy, mother and son, father and son and what was very interesting for me was to explore subjects that are never shown in Polish movies. I always look for characters who are broken inside, showing many different minorities, not even sexual minorities but social minorities. It’s always very exciting and very interesting for a filmmaker,” explained Tomasz Wasilewski.
‘Floating Skyscrapers’ is about a male athlete who develops a strong bond with a man; a love affair begins with devastating consequences.
This visually compelling gay romance offers a sensitive take on human sexuality, the quest for identity, and the desire for social acceptance.
Legendary producer, screenwriter and director Oliver Stone received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the festival’s closing ceremony.