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Norwegian film grabs top prize at Karlovy Vary

Norwegian film grabs top prize at Karlovy Vary
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The 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival drew to a close with the help of actress Susan Sarandon who was there to receive a lifetime achievement award.

After picking up the Crystal Globe for her contribution to world cinema, she paid an emotional tribute to the film writer and director Nora Ephron who died at the end of June aged 71.

Norwegian film-maker Martin Lund’s film ‘The Almost Man’ won the Grand Prix Crystal Award in the festival’s main competition. The film is about a man in his 30s who, despite being on the verge of becoming a father, resists the inevitable life changes that come with getting older. Henrik Rafaelsen picked up the festival’s best actor award for the title role.

Rafaelsen shared the best actor limelight with the Polish actor Eryk Lubos, who was also rewarded for his work in Jan Jakub Kolski’s To Kill a Beaver.

The Iranian actress Leila Hatami won best actress for her role in the film ‘The Last Step’, directed by her husband, Ali Mosaffa. The jury also gave the film the FIPRESCI prize, saying it was for “the unsettling way it plays with memory, strong performances and a fresh take on Iranian cinema.”

Eva Neymann’s black-and-white Ukrainian production ‘House with a Turret’ is a World War Two-era story about a boy whose mother dies from illness. The wartime drama unfolds in Soviet Russia over the course of a winter’s day told through a young boy’s eyes.

The Best Documentary film over 30 minutes long was awarded to ‘Sofia’s Last Ambulance’ by Ilian Metev about an overworked ambulance crew in Bulgarian capital.

Another double prize-winner was ‘Camion’ by the French-Canadian director Rafael Ouellet. It is a drama about a road accident that brings a scattered family back together.