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Israeli film takes top Karlovy Vary award

Israeli film takes top Karlovy Vary award
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The 46th Karlovy Vary film festival, central and eastern Europe’s most important such event, has come to an end in the Czech Republic.

The main prize, the Crystal Globe, went to the Israeli movie “Restoration”.

Portraying an antique dealer’s relationships as he tries to save his shop, it also provides an insight into modern Israeli society.

Filmmaker Joseph Madmony received the prize from US actor John Turturro, and said:

“I like the most, the triangle between a biological son, a spiritual son. The father was to choose between his real son and his spiritual son”.

The Best Director Award went to French filmmaker Pascal Rabaté for his film “Ni à vendre, ni à louer” or “Holidays by the Sea”.

The East of the West award for films from eastern Europe was won by a Macedonian-Serbian co-production “Punk’s Not Dead”.

The film’s director Vladimir Blazevski explained what attracted him to the project:

“I think their (the punk’s) choice to be apart from the rules of the modern world is something which anyone should respect.”

US actor, screenwriter and director John Turturro received the President’s Award for lifetime achievement.